Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) – Equities researchers at KeyCorp issued their Q3 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Chemed Corp. in a note issued to investors on Monday. KeyCorp analyst J. Gurda anticipates that the company will earn $2.02 per share for the quarter. KeyCorp currently has a “Sector Weight” rating on the stock. KeyCorp also issued estimates for Chemed Corp.’s Q4 2017 earnings at $2.24 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $8.00 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $9.10 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $9.78 EPS.

A number of other research analysts also recently weighed in on CHE. BidaskClub downgraded Chemed Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 22nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $208.00 price target on shares of Chemed Corp. in a report on Wednesday, July 5th. TheStreet downgraded Chemed Corp. from a “b+” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Tuesday, July 25th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. lifted their price target on Chemed Corp. from $200.00 to $220.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Chemed Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $226.00 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, July 28th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Chemed Corp. presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $214.00.

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Shares of Chemed Corp. (CHE) opened at 197.38 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $3.16 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 48.97 and a beta of 1.14. Chemed Corp. has a 52 week low of $132.92 and a 52 week high of $216.01. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $196.29 and a 200-day moving average price of $194.53.

Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $2.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.89 by $0.26. Chemed Corp. had a return on equity of 26.18% and a net margin of 4.16%. The firm had revenue of $415.06 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $407.56 million. During the same period last year, the company earned $1.80 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 6.3% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in shares of Chemed Corp. by 145,760.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,955,994 shares of the company’s stock worth $357,341,000 after buying an additional 1,954,653 shares during the period. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in Chemed Corp. by 1.9% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,830,711 shares of the company’s stock valued at $374,435,000 after buying an additional 34,938 shares during the period. Neuberger Berman Group LLC increased its stake in Chemed Corp. by 2.2% in the first quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 1,060,403 shares of the company’s stock valued at $193,725,000 after buying an additional 23,306 shares during the period. Acadian Asset Management LLC increased its stake in Chemed Corp. by 1.3% in the second quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 579,170 shares of the company’s stock valued at $118,454,000 after buying an additional 7,636 shares during the period. Finally, Van Berkom & Associates Inc. increased its stake in Chemed Corp. by 0.5% in the first quarter. Van Berkom & Associates Inc. now owns 467,536 shares of the company’s stock valued at $85,414,000 after buying an additional 2,260 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.96% of the company’s stock.

In other Chemed Corp. news, insider Spencer S. Lee sold 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $197.46, for a total value of $197,460.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 37,809 shares in the company, valued at $7,465,765.14. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Kevin J. Mcnamara sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 28th. The shares were sold at an average price of $201.16, for a total value of $3,017,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 173,801 shares in the company, valued at approximately $34,961,809.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 5.32% of the company’s stock.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 14th were paid a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 10th. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.57%. This is an increase from Chemed Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. Chemed Corp.’s payout ratio is 28.07%.

Chemed Corp. Company Profile

Chemed Corporation purchases, operates and divests subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. The Company operates through two segments: the VITAS segment (VITAS) and the Roto-Rooter segment (Roto-Rooter). The Company’s VITAS provides hospice and palliative care services to its patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

Earnings History and Estimates for Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE)

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