Thomas White International Ltd. reduced its holdings in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 1.0% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 13,196 shares of the company’s stock after selling 138 shares during the period. Thomas White International Ltd.’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $843,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the business. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in Express Scripts Holding by 1.6% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 40,251,311 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,652,964,000 after purchasing an additional 649,400 shares during the period. State Street Corp grew its holdings in Express Scripts Holding by 1.1% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 27,060,709 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,783,569,000 after purchasing an additional 298,341 shares during the period. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC grew its holdings in Express Scripts Holding by 4.2% in the first quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 17,612,834 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,160,862,000 after purchasing an additional 704,218 shares during the period. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in Express Scripts Holding by 0.3% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 10,960,709 shares of the company’s stock valued at $722,420,000 after purchasing an additional 32,854 shares during the period. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. grew its holdings in Express Scripts Holding by 2.8% in the first quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 10,958,513 shares of the company’s stock valued at $722,275,000 after purchasing an additional 296,452 shares during the period. 88.69% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Several brokerages have commented on ESRX. BidaskClub raised Express Scripts Holding from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, June 17th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $56.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a report on Friday, September 1st. Needham & Company LLC assumed coverage on Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, July 21st. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. ValuEngine downgraded Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada assumed coverage on Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Tuesday. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $68.00 target price on the stock. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have given a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $70.09.

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Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ ESRX) opened at 61.82 on Thursday. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $61.81 and its 200 day moving average price is $62.96. The firm has a market cap of $35.70 billion, a PE ratio of 10.73 and a beta of 0.88. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 1-year low of $57.80 and a 1-year high of $77.50.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.71 by $0.02. Express Scripts Holding had a return on equity of 25.58% and a net margin of 3.50%. The firm had revenue of $25.35 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.52 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.57 EPS. Express Scripts Holding’s revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.99 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Express Scripts Holding news, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total transaction of $71,501.24. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 18,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,120,903.36. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. sold 3,900 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.93, for a total value of $249,327.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 11,500 shares in the company, valued at approximately $735,195. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders have sold 5,641 shares of company stock worth $357,317. Corporate insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

About Express Scripts Holding

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 Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX)

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