Sei Investments Co. grew its holdings in shares of China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) by 10.3% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 18,146 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,696 shares during the quarter. Sei Investments Co.’s holdings in China Lodging Group were worth $2,157,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other large investors have also modified their holdings of the company. Advisor Group Inc. lifted its position in China Lodging Group by 216.6% during the 2nd quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 1,298 shares of the company’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 888 shares in the last quarter. Evanston Investments Inc. dba Evanston Advisors bought a new stake in China Lodging Group during the 2nd quarter worth about $218,000. Reliance Trust Co. of Delaware bought a new stake in China Lodging Group during the 3rd quarter worth about $225,000. Profund Advisors LLC bought a new stake in China Lodging Group during the 2nd quarter worth about $257,000. Finally, GSA Capital Partners LLP bought a new stake in China Lodging Group during the 2nd quarter worth about $355,000. 37.14% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of China Lodging Group, Limited (NASDAQ:HTHT) opened at $107.53 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 1.48, a current ratio of 1.41 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.57. The stock has a market cap of $7,436.45, a PE ratio of 46.15, a PEG ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 1.55. China Lodging Group, Limited has a fifty-two week low of $45.61 and a fifty-two week high of $142.80.

China Lodging Group (NASDAQ:HTHT) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, November 28th. The company reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $2.37 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.36 billion. China Lodging Group had a net margin of 14.95% and a return on equity of 19.55%. China Lodging Group’s quarterly revenue was up 33.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $4.28 EPS. analysts predict that China Lodging Group, Limited will post 3.19 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a special dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 22nd. Stockholders of record on Monday, December 4th will be issued a $0.64 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Friday, December 1st.

HTHT has been the topic of several analyst reports. Bank of America boosted their price target on shares of China Lodging Group from $104.00 to $115.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Benchmark boosted their price target on shares of China Lodging Group from $128.00 to $142.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of China Lodging Group from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $99.00.

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About China Lodging Group

China Lodging Group, Limited is a holding company. The Company is a multi-brand hotel group in China with leased, manachised and franchised models. Under the lease model, the Company directly operates hotels located on leased properties. Under the manachise model, the Company manages manachised hotels through the on-site hotel managers the Company appoints and collects fees from franchisees.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for China Lodging Group (NASDAQ:HTHT)

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