Atlantic Securities started coverage on shares of Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) in a research report released on Monday morning. The brokerage issued a neutral rating on the stock.

Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on the stock. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a sell rating and issued a $42.00 price target (up previously from $40.50) on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a report on Friday, July 15th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their price target on shares of Church & Dwight Co. from $47.50 to $51.50 and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Jefferies Group boosted their price target on shares of Church & Dwight Co. from $56.00 to $58.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Sunday, August 7th. Citigroup Inc. boosted their price target on shares of Church & Dwight Co. from $51.50 to $55.00 and gave the company a neutral rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Church & Dwight Co. from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $50.75.

Analyst Recommendations for Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD)

Shares of Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) traded down 0.19% during trading on Monday, hitting $46.92. 120,238 shares of the company traded hands. Church & Dwight Co. has a one year low of $38.42 and a one year high of $53.68. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $48.21 and a 200-day moving average price of $48.63. The stock has a market cap of $12.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 27.34 and a beta of 0.37.

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.85 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.05. Church & Dwight Co. had a net margin of 13.12% and a return on equity of 22.69%. The business had revenue of $877.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $869.23 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.73 earnings per share. Church & Dwight Co.’s revenue was up 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Church & Dwight Co. will post $1.77 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director James Craigie sold 9,350 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $100.00, for a total transaction of $935,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 19,796 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,979,600. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Paul A. Siracusa sold 3,293 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.03, for a total value of $164,748.79. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 4,448 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $222,533.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.17% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. boosted its stake in Church & Dwight Co. by 16.0% in the second quarter. Robeco Institutional Asset Management B.V. now owns 728,461 shares of the company’s stock worth $74,949,000 after buying an additional 100,687 shares during the last quarter. Leavell Investment Management Inc. boosted its stake in Church & Dwight Co. by 8.3% in the second quarter. Leavell Investment Management Inc. now owns 6,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $669,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. Motley Fool Wealth Management LLC acquired a new stake in Church & Dwight Co. during the first quarter worth about $1,076,000. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in Church & Dwight Co. by 1.4% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,588,376 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,295,219,000 after buying an additional 168,332 shares during the last quarter. Finally, ING Groep NV acquired a new stake in Church & Dwight Co. during the first quarter worth about $276,000. 40.07% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Church & Dwight Co.

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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