Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD)‘s stock had its “market perform” rating reiterated by investment analysts at Wells Fargo & Co. in a report released on Tuesday.

Several other equities research analysts have also commented on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $50.00 price objective (up previously from $48.00) on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research note on Friday, September 16th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight Co. from $47.50 to $51.50 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $53.00 price objective (down previously from $59.00) on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research note on Monday, November 7th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Church & Dwight Co. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 19th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG increased their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight Co. from $51.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $50.23.

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

Shares of Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) opened at 43.92 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $11.36 billion, a P/E ratio of 25.31 and a beta of 0.46. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $46.96 and a 200-day moving average of $48.62. Church & Dwight Co. has a 52-week low of $38.42 and a 52-week high of $53.68.

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 3rd. The company reported $0.47 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.47. Church & Dwight Co. had a net margin of 13.19% and a return on equity of 22.67%. The company had revenue of $870.70 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $883.83 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $0.90 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 1.0% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Church & Dwight Co. will post $1.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 1st. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 16th will be issued a $0.1775 dividend. This represents a $0.71 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.62%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 14th. Church & Dwight Co.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 40.92%.

In other Church & Dwight Co. news, insider Matthew Farrell acquired 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 7th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $44.43 per share, with a total value of $222,150.00. Following the acquisition, the insider now owns 95,934 shares in the company, valued at $4,262,347.62. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Paul A. Siracusa sold 122,707 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.01, for a total transaction of $6,136,577.07. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 62,355 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,118,373.55. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.17% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. J.Safra Asset Management Corp purchased a new position in shares of Church & Dwight Co. during the second quarter valued at approximately $100,000. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC increased its position in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 0.9% in the second quarter. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC now owns 1,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $114,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the last quarter. Assetmark Inc. increased its position in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 2,750.0% in the second quarter. Assetmark Inc. now owns 1,140 shares of the company’s stock valued at $117,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares during the last quarter. Sandy Spring Bank increased its position in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 100.0% in the third quarter. Sandy Spring Bank now owns 1,156 shares of the company’s stock valued at $132,000 after buying an additional 578 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Van ECK Associates Corp increased its position in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 28.0% in the second quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 1,157 shares of the company’s stock valued at $119,000 after buying an additional 253 shares during the last quarter. 56.91% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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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