Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) had its target price upped by Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. from $200.00 to $220.00 in a research note released on Thursday morning. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. currently has an outperform rating on the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings also issued estimates for Chemed Corp.’s Q4 2017 earnings at $2.23 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at $1.95 EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $2.09 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $2.14 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $8.61 EPS.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on CHE. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Chemed Corp. from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub cut shares of Chemed Corp. from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a hold rating and issued a $208.00 price objective on shares of Chemed Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Finally, TheStreet cut shares of Chemed Corp. from a b+ rating to a c+ rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Chemed Corp. currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $218.00.

Chemed Corp. (NYSE CHE) opened at 199.98 on Thursday. Chemed Corp. has a 52 week low of $130.05 and a 52 week high of $216.01. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $204.65 and its 200-day moving average is $189.96. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.20 billion, a P/E ratio of 49.61 and a beta of 1.15.

Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $2.15 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.26. The firm had revenue of $415.06 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $407.56 million. Chemed Corp. had a net margin of 4.16% and a return on equity of 26.18%. The firm’s revenue was up 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.80 EPS. On average, equities research analysts predict that Chemed Corp. will post $8.14 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other Chemed Corp. news, insider Kevin J. Mcnamara sold 4,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $205.11, for a total value of $820,440.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 148,943 shares in the company, valued at approximately $30,549,698.73. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director George J. Walsh III bought 1,000 shares of Chemed Corp. stock in a transaction on Monday, June 26th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $204.56 per share, for a total transaction of $204,560.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 7,908 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,617,660.48. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 5.32% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. BlackRock Inc. raised its position in 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. raised its position in Chemed Corp. by 7.5% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,795,773 shares of the company’s stock worth $328,070,000 after buying an additional 125,018 shares during the period. Neuberger Berman Group LLC raised its position 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 worth $193,725,000 after buying an additional 23,306 shares during the period. Acadian Asset Management LLC raised its position in Chemed Corp. by 1.3% in the second quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 579,170 shares of the company’s stock worth $118,454,000 after buying an additional 7,636 shares during the period. Finally, Van Berkom & Associates Inc. raised its position in Chemed Corp. by 0.5% in the first quarter. Van Berkom & Associates Inc. now owns 467,536 shares of the company’s stock worth $85,414,000 after buying an additional 2,260 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 97.75% of the company’s stock.

About Chemed Corp.

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.

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