Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) – Investment analysts at William Blair issued their Q1 2017 EPS estimates for Express Scripts Holding Company in a report issued on Wednesday. William Blair analyst J. Kreger anticipates that the brokerage will post earnings of $1.32 per share for the quarter. William Blair also issued estimates for Express Scripts Holding Company’s Q2 2017 earnings at $1.69 EPS, Q3 2017 earnings at $1.88 EPS and Q4 2017 earnings at $2.04 EPS.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports on ESRX. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding Company from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, October 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company in a report on Friday, October 28th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company in a report on Wednesday, November 2nd. Deutsche Bank AG upgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding Company from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and upped their price objective for the stock from $69.00 to $70.00 in a report on Thursday, November 3rd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reiterated an “underperform” rating and issued a $59.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company in a report on Thursday, December 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $78.31.

Earnings History and Estimates for Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX)

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Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at 69.23 on Thursday. Express Scripts Holding Company has a one year low of $64.46 and a one year high of $80.02. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $69.85 and a 200 day moving average price of $71.80. The company has a market capitalization of $41.92 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.84 and a beta of 0.92.

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 14th. The company reported $1.88 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.87 by $0.01. The firm earned $24.90 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $26.31 billion. Express Scripts Holding Company had a return on equity of 24.99% and a net margin of 2.70%. Express Scripts Holding Company’s quarterly revenue was down 5.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.56 earnings per share.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. State Street Corp raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 26,762,368 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,840,983,000 after buying an additional 564,329 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company by 3.9% in the third quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 17,601,807 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,241,455,000 after buying an additional 664,107 shares in the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company by 49.9% in the second quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 14,646,371 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,110,195,000 after buying an additional 4,874,043 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company by 1.3% in the third quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 10,452,462 shares of the company’s stock worth $737,213,000 after buying an additional 136,327 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Fund Advisors raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company by 0.3% in the third quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 9,162,776 shares of the company’s stock worth $646,251,000 after buying an additional 28,399 shares in the last quarter. 85.36% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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In other news, VP Everett Neville sold 1,123 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.41, for a total transaction of $77,947.43. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 12,712 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $882,339.92. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 0.54% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

About Express Scripts Holding Company

Express Scripts, Inc is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, offering a range of services to its clients, which include health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans and government health programs. It operates in two segments: PBM and Emerging Markets (EM).

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