Van ECK Associates Corp raised its stake in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 5.1% in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The fund owned 506,511 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 24,728 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp owned 0.09% of Express Scripts Holding worth $32,072,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Nordea Investment Management AB boosted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 7,116,445 shares of the company’s stock valued at $454,314,000 after buying an additional 97,953 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 25.3% in the 2nd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 708,955 shares of the company’s stock valued at $45,260,000 after buying an additional 143,163 shares during the period. Lazard Asset Management LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 81.8% in the 2nd quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 112,666 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,192,000 after buying an additional 50,707 shares during the period. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.7% in the 2nd quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 3,654,765 shares of the company’s stock valued at $233,323,000 after buying an additional 62,263 shares during the period. Finally, Marco Investment Management LLC acquired a new position in shares of Express Scripts Holding in the 2nd quarter valued at about $1,797,000. 89.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

In other news, Director Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. sold 3,900 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.93, for a total transaction of $249,327.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 11,500 shares in the company, valued at $735,195. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Timothy C. Wentworth acquired 8,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were bought at an average cost of $61.13 per share, for a total transaction of $489,040.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 98,628 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,029,129.64. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have sold 5,121 shares of company stock worth $325,920 in the last 90 days. 0.68% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

ESRX has been the subject of a number of analyst reports. Jefferies Group LLC set a $72.00 target price on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 29th. Mizuho set a $67.00 target price on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Royal Bank Of Canada initiated coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Tuesday, September 19th. They set a “sector perform” rating and a $68.00 target price for the company. UBS AG lowered shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $69.53.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at $61.18 on Friday. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 1-year low of $55.80 and a 1-year high of $77.50. The company has a current ratio of 0.73, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86. The stock has a market cap of $35,183.09, a P/E ratio of 9.08, a PEG ratio of 0.92 and a beta of 0.88.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.90. Express Scripts Holding had a net margin of 3.64% and a return on equity of 25.46%. The business had revenue of $24.68 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.68 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.74 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts forecast that Express Scripts Holding Company will post 7.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Express Scripts Holding Profile

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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