Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the six analysts that are covering the stock. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $72.67.

Several analysts have weighed in on the company. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Friday, July 29th.

Shares of VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 69.13 on Tuesday. The firm has a market cap of $5.59 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.66 and a beta of 1.30. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $71.18 and its 200-day moving average price is $64.50. VCA has a 1-year low of $44.00 and a 1-year high of $73.69.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last announced its earnings results on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.82 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $653.50 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $637.18 million. VCA had a return on equity of 16.86% and a net margin of 9.93%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.70 EPS. Equities analysts expect that VCA will post $2.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director John B. Chickering, Jr. sold 2,302 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.85, for a total value of $163,096.70. Following the sale, the director now owns 10,992 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $778,783.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 4.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of WOOF. Norges Bank purchased a new stake in VCA during the fourth quarter worth approximately $44,158,000. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. increased its stake in VCA by 51.8% in the first quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 10,825 shares of the company’s stock worth $624,000 after buying an additional 3,695 shares in the last quarter. Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co. raised its stake in shares of VCA by 13.5% in the first quarter. Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher & Co. now owns 8,187 shares of the company’s stock worth $445,000 after buying an additional 974 shares during the period. Montrusco Bolton Investments Inc. bought a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter worth about $6,839,000. Finally, Glenmede Trust Co. NA raised its stake in shares of VCA by 21.0% in the first quarter. Glenmede Trust Co. NA now owns 698,573 shares of the company’s stock worth $40,299,000 after buying an additional 121,351 shares during the period. 91.16% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About VCA

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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