Nomura Holdings Inc. bought a new position in Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund bought 8,584 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $564,000.

Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of CHD. Berman Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of Church & Dwight during the 4th quarter worth about $34,000. Financial Gravity Companies Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Church & Dwight during the 4th quarter worth about $47,000. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 27.2% during the 4th quarter. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC now owns 735 shares of the company’s stock worth $48,000 after purchasing an additional 157 shares during the period. Whittier Trust Co. boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 59.4% during the 4th quarter. Whittier Trust Co. now owns 778 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,000 after purchasing an additional 290 shares during the period. Finally, Capital Investment Advisory Services LLC purchased a new position in shares of Church & Dwight during the 4th quarter worth about $60,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 81.78% of the company’s stock.

In other news, VP Richard A. Dierker sold 16,880 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.25, for a total value of $1,118,300.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 18,776 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,243,910. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Maynadier Patrick D. De sold 139,320 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.72, for a total transaction of $9,295,430.40. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 40,650 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,712,168. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.00% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of research firms recently commented on CHD. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $73.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, November 20th. Barclays reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $56.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Thursday, February 7th. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $62.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Thursday, February 21st. Oppenheimer reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $73.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Wednesday, February 6th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group raised shares of Church & Dwight from a “sell” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $61.00 price target for the company in a research note on Tuesday, February 5th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Church & Dwight currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $62.23.

Church & Dwight stock opened at $67.40 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.49 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 29.69, a P/E/G ratio of 3.24 and a beta of 0.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61, a current ratio of 0.81 and a quick ratio of 0.52. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has a 1 year low of $44.87 and a 1 year high of $69.49.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 5th. The company reported $0.57 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.58 by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $1.07 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.07 billion. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 13.72% and a return on equity of 24.80%. Church & Dwight’s quarterly revenue was up 4.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned $0.52 earnings per share. As a group, research analysts expect that Church & Dwight Co., Inc. will post 2.46 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, March 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 15th were given a $0.2275 dividend. This represents a $0.91 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.35%. This is a boost from Church & Dwight’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.22. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, February 14th. Church & Dwight’s payout ratio is 40.09%.

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Church & Dwight Company Profile

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures, and markets household, personal care, and specialty products. It operates in three segments: Consumer Domestic, Consumer International, and Specialty Products Division. The company offers baking soda, cat litter, carpet deodorization, and laundry detergent under the ARM & HAMMER brand; condoms, lubricants, and vibrators under the TROJAN brand; stain removers, cleaning solutions, laundry detergent, and bleach alternatives under the OXICLEAN brand; battery-operated and manual toothbrushes under the SPINBRUSH; and home pregnancy and ovulation test kits under the FIRST RESPONSE brand.

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