Decatur Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) by 40.4% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 117,128 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 33,678 shares during the period. Church & Dwight makes up about 1.6% of Decatur Capital Management Inc.’s holdings, making the stock its 24th largest position. Decatur Capital Management Inc.’s holdings in Church & Dwight were worth $8,343,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently modified their holdings of CHD. Cordasco Financial Network purchased a new stake in shares of Church & Dwight in the 1st quarter worth about $28,000. Pinnacle Bank acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the 4th quarter valued at about $33,000. Berman Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the 4th quarter valued at about $34,000. Financial Gravity Companies Inc. acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the 4th quarter valued at about $47,000. Finally, Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 27.2% in the 4th quarter. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC now owns 735 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,000 after purchasing an additional 157 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 82.51% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSE CHD traded down $0.35 on Tuesday, reaching $73.40. 33,780 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,788,589. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $44.87 and a fifty-two week high of $74.49. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a current ratio of 0.81 and a quick ratio of 0.52. The company has a market cap of $18.22 billion, a P/E ratio of 32.34, a P/E/G ratio of 3.56 and a beta of 0.23.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 5th. The company reported $0.57 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.01). Church & Dwight had a net margin of 13.72% and a return on equity of 24.80%. The company had revenue of $1.07 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.07 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.52 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 4.0% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities research analysts anticipate that Church & Dwight Co., Inc. will post 2.47 EPS for the current year.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Oppenheimer boosted their target price on shares of Church & Dwight from $73.00 to $82.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Monday, April 15th. Jefferies Financial Group boosted their target price on shares of Church & Dwight from $74.00 to $83.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 10th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th. SunTrust Banks boosted their target price on shares of Church & Dwight from $70.00 to $75.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th. Finally, Bank of America raised shares of Church & Dwight from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $75.00 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, March 29th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Church & Dwight has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $66.85.

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Church & Dwight Company Profile

Church & Dwight Co, Inc engages in the development, manufacture, and market of household, personal care, and specialty products. It operates through the following segments: Consumer Domestic, Consumer International, and Specialty Products. The Consumer Domestic segment offers household products, such as laundry detergents, fabric softener sheets, cat litter, and household cleaning products; and personal care products including antiperspirants, oral care products, depilatories, reproductive health products, oral analgesics, nasal saline moisturizers, and dietary supplements.

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