Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) – Analysts at Jefferies Group increased their FY2016 earnings estimates for shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research report issued on Thursday. Jefferies Group analyst K. Grundy now expects that the firm will earn $1.80 per share for the year, up from their previous estimate of $1.78. Jefferies Group has a “Positive” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Church & Dwight Co.’s Q4 2016 earnings at $0.46 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $1.96 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $2.13 EPS.

Several other analysts have also commented on CHD. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research report on Monday, July 11th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a “sell” rating and issued a $42.00 price objective (up previously from $40.50) on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research report on Friday, July 15th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Church & Dwight Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 19th. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight Co. from $51.50 to $55.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG lifted their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight Co. from $51.00 to $52.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 5th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. Church & Dwight Co. has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $50.65.

Earnings History and Estimates for Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD)

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) opened at 46.92 on Monday. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.34 and a beta of 0.37. Church & Dwight Co. has a 52 week low of $38.42 and a 52 week high of $53.68. The company has a 50-day moving average of $48.29 and a 200-day moving average of $48.58.

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.85 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.05. The company earned $877.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $869.23 million. Church & Dwight Co. had a net margin of 13.12% and a return on equity of 22.69%. The firm’s revenue was up 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.73 EPS.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of CHD. Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Co Ltd. boosted its position in Church & Dwight Co. by 35.6% in the first quarter. Meiji Yasuda Asset Management Co Ltd. now owns 6,453 shares of the company’s stock worth $595,000 after buying an additional 1,695 shares in the last quarter. Carnick & Kubik LLC bought a new position in Church & Dwight Co. during the first quarter worth approximately $774,000. Motley Fool Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in Church & Dwight Co. during the first quarter worth approximately $1,076,000. Aviva PLC boosted its position in Church & Dwight Co. by 3.4% in the first quarter. Aviva PLC now owns 67,218 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,196,000 after buying an additional 2,239 shares in the last quarter. Finally, ING Groep NV bought a new position in Church & Dwight Co. during the first quarter worth approximately $276,000. 40.07% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In related news, VP Louis Tursi sold 55,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $100.75, for a total transaction of $5,541,250.00. Following the sale, the vice president now owns 49,733 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,010,599.75. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, VP Paul A. Siracusa sold 3,293 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.03, for a total transaction of $164,748.79. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 4,448 shares in the company, valued at approximately $222,533.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.17% of the company’s stock.

Church & Dwight Co. Company Profile

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company operates in three segments: Consumer Domestic, which includes consumer products, as well as other household and personal care products; Consumer International, which markets a range of personal care products, household and over-the-counter products in international markets, and Specialty Products Division (SPD), a producer of sodium bicarbonate.

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