Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 0.8% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 32,393 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 245 shares during the period. Parsons Capital Management Inc. RI’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $2,135,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. boosted 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 in the last quarter. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter valued at about $121,000. Capital Analysts LLC boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 5.6% in the first quarter. Capital Analysts LLC now owns 1,877 shares of the company’s stock valued at $124,000 after buying an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 8.1% in the first quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,944 shares of the company’s stock valued at $128,000 after buying an additional 145 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FNY Partners Fund LP bought a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter valued at about $138,000. 90.24% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) traded up 0.83% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $62.24. 792,744 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. The firm has a market capitalization of $35.95 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.80 and a beta of 0.90. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 52-week low of $57.80 and a 52-week high of $77.61. The company has a 50 day moving average of $62.51 and a 200 day moving average of $64.30.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last issued its quarterly 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. Express Scripts Holding had a net margin of 3.50% and a return on equity of 25.58%. The firm had revenue of $25.35 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.52 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.57 EPS. The business’s revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts anticipate that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Edward Jones cut shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 26th. Morgan Stanley boosted their price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $52.00 to $57.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $88.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, April 20th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC began coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, July 21st. They set a “hold” rating for the company. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Express Scripts Holding currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $71.17.

In other Express Scripts Holding news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 1,100 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.08, for a total value of $66,088.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly 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 SEC, which is available through the SEC website. 0.68% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

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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