Continental Advisors LLC maintained its position in VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 17,000 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the fourth quarter. Continental Advisors LLC’s holdings in VCA were worth $1,167,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Tyers Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $716,000. Flinton Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $911,000. Greenwood Capital Associates LLC boosted its position in VCA by 0.7% in the fourth quarter. Greenwood Capital Associates LLC now owns 5,303 shares of the company’s stock valued at $364,000 after buying an additional 35 shares during the period. Allianz Asset Management AG boosted its position in VCA by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Allianz Asset Management AG now owns 432,844 shares of the company’s stock valued at $29,715,000 after buying an additional 1,184 shares during the period. Finally, PEAK6 Investments L.P. purchased a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,846,000. Institutional investors own 86.95% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) traded down 0.18% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $90.77. 1,387,056 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $7.43 billion, a PE ratio of 35.46 and a beta of 1.03. VCA Inc. has a one year low of $49.90 and a one year high of $91.58. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $87.12 and a 200 day moving average of $72.25.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 9th. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $643.10 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $642.28 million. VCA had a return on equity of 16.03% and a net margin of 8.31%. The company’s revenue was up 20.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.50 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that VCA Inc. will post $3.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several research analysts have commented on the stock. Benchmark Co. cut shares of VCA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday. CL King cut shares of VCA from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Thursday, January 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 25th. William Blair cut shares of VCA from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, January 9th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group cut shares of VCA from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $76.00 to $93.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $79.17.

VCA Company Profile

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company. The Company operates through five segments. Its Animal Hospital segment provides veterinary services for companion animals and sells related retail and pharmaceutical products. Its Laboratory segment provides diagnostic laboratory testing services for veterinarians, both associated with its animal hospitals and those independent of the Company.

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