Edgewell Personal Care Co. (NYSE:EPC)‘s stock had its “hold” rating restated by analysts at Jefferies Group in a report issued on Friday. They currently have a $79.00 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of $75.00. Jefferies Group’s price target would indicate a potential downside of 3.36% from the company’s previous close.

Other equities research analysts have also issued reports about the company. Citigroup Inc. dropped their price target on Edgewell Personal Care from $97.00 to $94.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Edgewell Personal Care from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 3rd. Bank of America Corp. downgraded Edgewell Personal Care from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $84.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday, September 12th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $93.00 target price (up previously from $88.00) on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a research report on Friday, July 15th. Finally, FIX raised Edgewell Personal Care to a “positive” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 5th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $86.38.

Analyst Recommendations for Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC)

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) opened at 81.75 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $4.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 27.34 and a beta of 0.83. Edgewell Personal Care has a 12-month low of $67.94 and a 12-month high of $88.00. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $77.12 and a 200-day moving average price of $79.77.

Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 10th. The company reported $1.06 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.10. The company earned $610.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $572.35 million. Edgewell Personal Care had a return on equity of 11.57% and a net margin of 7.57%. The firm’s revenue was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.64 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Edgewell Personal Care will post $3.86 earnings per share for the current year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. York Capital Management Global Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Edgewell Personal Care during the third quarter worth approximately $63,828,000. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 31.1% in the third quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 2,451,790 shares of the company’s stock valued at $194,967,000 after buying an additional 581,254 shares during the last quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 15.8% in the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 2,585,152 shares of the company’s stock valued at $205,571,000 after buying an additional 353,674 shares during the last quarter. Adage Capital Partners GP L.L.C. boosted its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 299.1% in the first quarter. Adage Capital Partners GP L.L.C. now owns 399,051 shares of the company’s stock valued at $32,136,000 after buying an additional 299,051 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Group LTD boosted its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 24.0% in the third quarter. BlackRock Group LTD now owns 1,302,053 shares of the company’s stock valued at $103,539,000 after buying an additional 252,307 shares during the last quarter. 87.95% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Edgewell Personal Care Company Profile

Edgewell Personal Care Company, formerly Energizer Holdings, Inc, manufactures and markets personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. The Company operates through four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other. The Company has a portfolio of over 25 brands.

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