Benchmark Co. lowered shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report sent to investors on Thursday morning.

Several other research analysts have also weighed in on WOOF. Jefferies Group LLC restated a hold rating and set a $60.00 price objective (down from $69.00) on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, October 28th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of VCA from a buy rating to a sell rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 1st. Raymond James Financial, Inc. upgraded shares of VCA from an outperform rating to a strong-buy rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $74.00 to $80.00 in a research note on Tuesday, January 3rd. Credit Suisse Group lowered shares of VCA from an outperform rating to a neutral rating and boosted their price objective for the stock from $76.00 to $93.00 in a research note on Wednesday, January 11th. Finally, William Blair lowered shares of VCA from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research note on Monday, January 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $79.17.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) traded down 0.07% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $90.87. The stock had a trading volume of 460,199 shares. The company has a market cap of $7.43 billion, a P/E ratio of 35.50 and a beta of 1.03. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $86.46 and a 200 day moving average price of $72.12. VCA has a 1-year low of $49.90 and a 1-year high of $91.58.

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

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Wright Investors Service Inc. raised its position in VCA by 143.0% in the second quarter. Wright Investors Service Inc. now owns 13,060 shares of the company’s stock valued at $883,000 after buying an additional 7,685 shares in the last quarter. Columbus Circle Investors raised its position in shares of VCA by 3.8% in the second quarter. Columbus Circle Investors now owns 1,008,255 shares of the company’s stock worth $68,168,000 after buying an additional 37,111 shares during the period. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. bought a new position in shares of VCA during the second quarter worth approximately $214,000. Reilly Herbert Faulkner III bought a new position in shares of VCA during the second quarter worth approximately $4,436,000. Finally, BRC Investment Management LLC bought a new position in shares of VCA during the second quarter worth approximately $852,000. Institutional investors own 86.95% of the company’s stock.

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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