Wellington Shields Capital Management LLC lowered its position in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 17.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 27,218 shares of the company’s stock after selling 5,800 shares during the period. Wellington Shields Capital Management LLC’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $1,738,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 53.1% in the first quarter. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. now owns 1,753 shares of the company’s stock valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 608 shares during the period. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC acquired a new stake in Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter worth $121,000. Capital Analysts LLC increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding by 5.6% in the first quarter. Capital Analysts LLC now owns 1,877 shares of the company’s stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding by 8.1% in the first quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,944 shares of the company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 145 shares during the last quarter. Finally, FNY Partners Fund LP acquired a new stake in Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter worth $138,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 90.20% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) traded up 0.86% during trading on Friday, hitting $60.82. 2,898,864 shares of the stock traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $62.73 and a 200 day moving average price of $64.48. The firm has a market cap of $35.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.56 and a beta of 0.90. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 12 month low of $57.80 and a 12 month high of $77.61.

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

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A number of research firms have recently weighed in on ESRX. Bank of America Corporation reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $77.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Cowen and Company dropped their price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $90.00 to $83.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Mizuho dropped their price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $76.00 to $61.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Finally, UBS AG set a $71.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $71.17.

In other news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 1,100 shares of Express Scripts Holding stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.08, for a total transaction of $66,088.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 11,108 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $667,368.64. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 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).

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

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