Farr Miller & Washington LLC DC raised its stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) by 2.4% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 10,257 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 242 shares during the period. Farr Miller & Washington LLC DC’s holdings in Church & Dwight were worth $749,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in CHD. 6 Meridian grew its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 1.9% in the 2nd quarter. 6 Meridian now owns 7,214 shares of the company’s stock worth $527,000 after purchasing an additional 136 shares during the last quarter. West Oak Capital LLC grew its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 11.9% in the 2nd quarter. West Oak Capital LLC now owns 1,317 shares of the company’s stock worth $96,000 after purchasing an additional 140 shares during the last quarter. Strategic Financial Services Inc grew its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 0.4% in the 1st quarter. Strategic Financial Services Inc now owns 35,536 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,531,000 after purchasing an additional 145 shares during the last quarter. Patten Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 4.9% in the 1st quarter. Patten Group Inc. now owns 3,204 shares of the company’s stock worth $228,000 after purchasing an additional 150 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Arabesque Asset Management Ltd grew its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. Arabesque Asset Management Ltd now owns 34,638 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,531,000 after purchasing an additional 165 shares during the last quarter. 81.63% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Church & Dwight stock opened at $78.24 on Wednesday. The firm’s 50 day simple moving average is $75.88 and its 200-day simple moving average is $72.29. The company has a market cap of $19.33 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.47, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.69 and a beta of 0.18. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69, a current ratio of 0.78 and a quick ratio of 0.44. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $54.46 and a fifty-two week high of $80.99.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 31st. The company reported $0.57 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.52 by $0.05. The business had revenue of $1.08 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.07 billion. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 14.24% and a return on equity of 24.57%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.49 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Church & Dwight Co., Inc. will post 2.48 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, September 3rd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 15th will be given a $0.228 dividend. This represents a $0.91 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.17%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 14th. Church & Dwight’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 40.09%.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on CHD shares. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $71.00 to $74.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 1st. Citigroup cut shares of Church & Dwight from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $73.80 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, May 2nd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Church & Dwight from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $77.00 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Thursday, May 30th. Atlantic Securities cut shares of Church & Dwight from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, May 13th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets lifted their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight to $75.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, May 3rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $71.16.

In related news, Director Robert D. Leblanc sold 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $78.34, for a total transaction of $783,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 49,702 shares in the company, valued at $3,893,654.68. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, EVP Maynadier Patrick D. De sold 37,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $80.00, for a total transaction of $3,000,000.00. Following the sale, the executive vice president now owns 47,231 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,778,480. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 80,584 shares of company stock worth $6,356,198. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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