VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) has received an average rating of “Buy” from the seven ratings firms that are covering the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold recommendation and six have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $71.67.

WOOF has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of VCA in a research note on Thursday, September 29th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of VCA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, September 28th.

In related news, Director John B. Chickering, Jr. sold 2,302 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.85, for a total value of $163,096.70. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 10,992 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $778,783.20. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, COO Arthur J. Antin sold 34,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.03, for a total transaction of $2,347,020.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 89,691 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,191,369.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 4.60% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Chesley Taft & Associates LLC bought a new position in VCA during the third quarter worth about $2,832,000. BTIM Corp. bought a new position in VCA during the third quarter worth about $6,902,000. Genesee Valley Trust Co. acquired a new position in shares of VCA during the third quarter worth $291,000. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC increased its position in shares of VCA by 910.4% in the third quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,657 shares of the company’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 1,493 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Fox Run Management L.L.C. acquired a new position in shares of VCA during the third quarter worth $217,000. 91.18% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) traded up 0.85% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $69.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 587,852 shares. VCA has a one year low of $44.00 and a one year high of $73.69. The firm has a market cap of $5.60 billion, a PE ratio of 24.69 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a 50-day moving average of $69.71 and a 200 day moving average of $66.92.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.82 by $0.05. The firm earned $653.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $637.18 million. VCA had a net margin of 9.93% and a return on equity of 16.86%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 19.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.70 earnings per share. Analysts expect that VCA will post $2.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

About VCA

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company. The Company operates through five segments. Its Animal Hospital segment provides veterinary services for companion animals and sells related retail and pharmaceutical products. Its Laboratory segment provides diagnostic laboratory testing services for veterinarians, both associated with its animal hospitals and those independent of the Company.

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