Prudential Financial Inc. Boosts Position in VCA Inc. (WOOF)
Prudential Financial Inc. increased its holdings in shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 0.9% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 51,072 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 460 shares during the quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. owned 0.06% of VCA worth $4,714,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.
Other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Meeder Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in VCA during the 1st quarter worth approximately $163,000. RBF Capital LLC bought a new stake in VCA during the 1st quarter worth approximately $201,000. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. bought a new stake in VCA during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $217,000. CNA Financial Corp bought a new stake in VCA during the 1st quarter worth approximately $238,000. Finally, Fisher Asset Management LLC increased its stake in VCA by 8.6% during the 2nd quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 3,171 shares of the company’s stock worth $293,000 after purchasing an additional 250 shares in the last quarter. 76.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
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A number of analysts recently issued reports on WOOF shares. BidaskClub raised VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of VCA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price target on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, July 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. VCA presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $92.17.
VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 92.98 on Wednesday. The company has a market capitalization of $7.56 billion, a PE ratio of 34.94 and a beta of 1.01. VCA Inc. has a 52 week low of $59.51 and a 52 week high of $93.00. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $92.74 and its 200 day moving average is $92.16.
VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $743.13 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $735.75 million. VCA had a return on equity of 15.54% and a net margin of 8.00%. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.87 earnings per share. Analysts predict that VCA Inc. will post $3.23 EPS for the current fiscal year.
VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through five segments: animal hospitals (Animal Hospital), veterinary diagnostic laboratories (Laboratory), veterinary medical technology (Medical Technology), Vetstreet and Camp Bow Wow Franchising, Inc (Camp Bow Wow).
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