Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its holdings in W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) by 21.1% in the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 360,448 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock after buying an additional 62,804 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP owned 0.53% of W.R. Grace & Co. worth $25,955,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other large investors have also made changes to their positions in GRA. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 68.9% in the second quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 3,477,805 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $250,437,000 after buying an additional 1,418,816 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its holdings in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 25.2% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 2,232,160 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $160,738,000 after buying an additional 449,288 shares during the last quarter. Taurus Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in the second quarter valued at about $8,010,000. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its holdings in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 1.7% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 5,895,867 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $424,561,000 after buying an additional 98,017 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP raised its holdings in shares of W.R. Grace & Co. by 1,201.4% in the second quarter. Marshall Wace LLP now owns 84,554 shares of the specialty chemicals company’s stock valued at $6,088,000 after buying an additional 78,057 shares during the last quarter. 84.73% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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A number of brokerages have recently commented on GRA. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $77.00 target price on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of W.R. Grace & Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 20th. Loop Capital began coverage on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a report on Thursday, September 28th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $81.00 target price for the company. KeyCorp reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $77.00 target price on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a report on Sunday, September 3rd. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 target price on shares of W.R. Grace & Co. in a report on Friday, September 1st. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. W.R. Grace & Co. currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $81.36.

W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE GRA) opened at $75.32 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,103.91, a PE ratio of 22.35, a PEG ratio of 1.85 and a beta of 1.20. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.74, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.52.

W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The specialty chemicals company reported $0.90 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $429.50 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $411.50 million. W.R. Grace & Co. had a net margin of 8.54% and a return on equity of 48.21%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 6.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.80 earnings per share. analysts anticipate that W.R. Grace & Co. will post 3.39 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 7th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be issued a dividend of $0.21 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $0.84 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.12%. W.R. Grace & Co.’s dividend payout ratio is currently 39.44%.

W.R. Grace & Co. Company Profile

W. R. Grace & Co (Grace) is engaged in the production and sale of specialty chemicals and specialty materials. The Company operates in two segments: Grace Catalysts Technologies and Grace Materials Technologies. The Grace Catalysts Technologies segment includes catalysts and related products and technologies used in refining, petrochemical and other chemical manufacturing applications.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE:GRA)

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