Great West Life Assurance Co. Can maintained its position in shares of WD-40 Co. (NASDAQ:WDFC) during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 1,685 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can’s holdings in WD-40 were worth $181,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its position in shares of WD-40 by 2.6% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 8,819 shares of the company’s stock worth $952,000 after buying an additional 221 shares during the last quarter. Whittier Trust Co. increased its position in shares of WD-40 by 1.2% in the second quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 21,565 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,533,000 after buying an additional 258 shares during the last quarter. Arizona State Retirement System increased its position in shares of WD-40 by 4.6% in the first quarter. Arizona State Retirement System now owns 6,891 shares of the company’s stock worth $744,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services Inc increased its position in shares of WD-40 by 2.1% in the first quarter. Commonwealth Equity Services Inc now owns 15,357 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,659,000 after buying an additional 315 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Capstone Asset Management Co. increased its position in shares of WD-40 by 7.6% in the second quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 5,245 shares of the company’s stock worth $616,000 after buying an additional 370 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 75.97% of the company’s stock.

WD-40 Co. (NASDAQ:WDFC) traded down 0.06% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $114.41. The stock had a trading volume of 236,496 shares. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $116.89 and its 200-day moving average price is $111.43. The company has a market cap of $1.63 billion, a PE ratio of 33.16 and a beta of 0.69. WD-40 Co. has a 52 week low of $85.19 and a 52 week high of $125.00.

WD-40 (NASDAQ:WDFC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 7th. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.86 by $0.02. The firm earned $96.40 million during the quarter. WD-40 had a net margin of 13.35% and a return on equity of 32.92%. The firm’s revenue was up 4.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.75 EPS. Equities research analysts predict that WD-40 Co. will post $3.47 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the company. B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating and issued a $106.00 target price on shares of WD-40 in a research note on Monday, July 11th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded WD-40 from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 17th. Finally, Jefferies Group began coverage on WD-40 in a report on Thursday, August 25th. They set a “hold” rating and a $120.00 price target on the stock.

In other WD-40 news, Director Daniel E. Pittard bought 295 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 12th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $115.00 per share, with a total value of $33,925.00. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, Director Mario L. Crivello sold 400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $119.57, for a total transaction of $47,828.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 3.84% of the company’s stock.

WD-40 Company Profile

WD-40 Company, is a global consumer Products Company. As of August 31, 2012, the Company’s products included WD-40 Smart Straw, WD-40 Trigger Pro, 3-IN-ONE Professional Garage Door Lube, Spot Shot Pet Clean which is a non-aerosol Spot Shot trigger product, and a mildew stain remover under the X-14 brand.

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