First National Bank of Omaha lifted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 7.4% in the 4th quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 11,060 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 765 shares during the period. First National Bank of Omaha’s holdings in Express Scripts were worth $825,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Stonebridge Capital Advisors LLC raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts by 0.4% during the 2nd quarter. Stonebridge Capital Advisors LLC now owns 24,059 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,536,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the last quarter. National Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts by 1.5% during the 2nd quarter. National Asset Management Inc. now owns 7,939 shares of the company’s stock worth $510,000 after buying an additional 115 shares during the last quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts by 3.2% during the 2nd quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA now owns 4,487 shares of the company’s stock worth $286,000 after buying an additional 138 shares during the last quarter. L & S Advisors Inc raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts by 2.3% during the 2nd quarter. L & S Advisors Inc now owns 6,140 shares of the company’s stock worth $392,000 after buying an additional 140 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Westside Investment Management Inc. raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts by 2.5% during the 2nd quarter. Westside Investment Management Inc. now owns 8,336 shares of the company’s stock worth $515,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. 87.86% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

ESRX has been the subject of several research reports. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts in a research note on Friday, January 12th. Robert W. Baird raised Express Scripts from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and lifted their price target for the stock from $72.00 to $81.00 in a research note on Friday, December 15th. Raymond James Financial reaffirmed a “sell” rating on shares of Express Scripts in a research note on Friday, December 15th. Needham & Company LLC reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Express Scripts in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, Mizuho set a $67.00 target price on shares of Express Scripts and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $78.23.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding (ESRX) opened at $71.71 on Friday. The company has a current ratio of 0.73, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86. Express Scripts Holding has a fifty-two week low of $55.80 and a fifty-two week high of $83.49. The stock has a market capitalization of $41,543.46, a PE ratio of 11.81, a PEG ratio of 0.81 and a beta of 0.93.

Express Scripts declared that its board has approved a stock repurchase program on Monday, December 18th that authorizes the company to buyback 45,000,000 outstanding shares. This buyback authorization authorizes the company to purchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are often a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

In other news, VP Christine Houston sold 10,104 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, December 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $70.08, for a total transaction of $708,088.32. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 87,400 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,124,992. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Glen D. Stettin sold 3,449 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.00, for a total value of $279,369.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 33,715 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,730,915. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 17,001 shares of company stock valued at $1,249,505 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

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About Express Scripts

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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