LaFleur & Godfrey LLC maintained its stake in Church & Dwight Company, Inc. (NYSE:CHD) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 114,215 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Church & Dwight accounts for 1.6% of LaFleur & Godfrey LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 26th largest position. LaFleur & Godfrey LLC’s holdings in Church & Dwight were worth $5,925,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 4.0% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 27,439,085 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,368,388,000 after buying an additional 1,054,013 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 2,267.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 19,461,970 shares of the company’s stock valued at $970,569,000 after buying an additional 18,639,877 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 23.1% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 14,762,551 shares of the company’s stock valued at $736,228,000 after buying an additional 2,769,003 shares in the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 1.2% in the second quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 4,814,253 shares of the company’s stock valued at $249,764,000 after buying an additional 55,092 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 7.7% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 2,900,524 shares of the company’s stock valued at $144,473,000 after buying an additional 208,604 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.05% of the company’s stock.

Church & Dwight Company, Inc. (NYSE CHD) opened at 49.62 on Friday. The company’s 50 day moving average is $52.21 and its 200 day moving average is $50.52. Church & Dwight Company, Inc. has a 52 week low of $42.56 and a 52 week high of $54.18. The stock has a market cap of $12.38 billion, a P/E ratio of 29.34 and a beta of 0.57.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $898 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $903.87 million. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 12.39% and a return on equity of 24.21%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.3% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $0.85 earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Church & Dwight Company, Inc. will post $1.93 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th will be given a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.53%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 11th. Church & Dwight’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 44.97%.

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CHD has been the topic of several research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, June 7th. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $58.00 price target (up from $54.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a research report on Tuesday, April 18th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “sector perform” rating and issued a $45.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Finally, UBS AG reiterated a “sell” rating and issued a $48.00 price target (up from $46.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.07.

In other news, EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 177,940 shares of Church & Dwight stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total value of $8,950,382.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 46,348 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,331,304.40. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert D. Leblanc sold 9,718 shares of Church & Dwight stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.84, for a total transaction of $484,345.12. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 56,497 shares in the company, valued at $2,815,810.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.00% of the company’s stock.

About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors.

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