California Public Employees Retirement System raised its holdings in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 8.6% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 1,651,249 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 131,049 shares during the quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System owned 0.29% of Express Scripts worth $104,557,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the business. Park National Corp OH raised its position in shares of Express Scripts by 0.3% in the second quarter. Park National Corp OH now owns 3,575 shares of the company’s stock worth $228,000 after acquiring an additional 11 shares during the period. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised its position in shares of Express Scripts by 0.3% in the second quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 8,634 shares of the company’s stock worth $551,000 after acquiring an additional 23 shares during the period. CAPROCK Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Express Scripts by 0.9% in the second quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. now owns 3,675 shares of the company’s stock worth $235,000 after acquiring an additional 33 shares during the period. Sandy Spring Bank raised its position in shares of Express Scripts by 0.6% in the second quarter. Sandy Spring Bank now owns 6,464 shares of the company’s stock worth $413,000 after acquiring an additional 37 shares during the period. Finally, Honkamp Krueger Financial Services Inc. raised its position in shares of Express Scripts by 0.8% in the second quarter. Honkamp Krueger Financial Services Inc. now owns 4,762 shares of the company’s stock worth $304,000 after acquiring an additional 38 shares during the period. 88.44% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ ESRX) opened at $68.39 on Tuesday. The company has a market cap of $38,598.32, a PE ratio of 9.96, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.88. The company has a quick ratio of 0.61, a current ratio of 0.73 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 1-year low of $55.80 and a 1-year high of $73.52.

Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.90 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.90. Express Scripts had a net margin of 3.64% and a return on equity of 25.46%. The company had revenue of $24.68 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.68 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.74 EPS. Express Scripts’s quarterly revenue was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts expect that Express Scripts Holding Company will post 7.01 earnings per share for the current year.

ESRX has been the subject of several research analyst reports. Robert W. Baird upped their price target on shares of Express Scripts from $57.00 to $59.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Jefferies Group set a $72.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Express Scripts from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $66.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Finally, UBS downgraded shares of Express Scripts from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Express Scripts currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $70.67.

In other news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 643 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.37, for a total value of $40,103.91. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Timothy C. Wentworth purchased 8,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $61.13 per share, with a total value of $489,040.00. Following the purchase, the chief executive officer now owns 98,628 shares in the company, valued at $6,029,129.64. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Corporate insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

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Express Scripts Company Profile

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).

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX)

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