VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) has been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the eight brokerages that are currently covering the company. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $72.00.

Several analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of VCA in a report on Friday, August 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $80.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Friday, July 29th. Bank of America Corp. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of VCA in a research report on Thursday, September 29th. Finally, Benchmark Co. began coverage on VCA in a research report on Monday, October 24th. They set a “buy” rating and a $90.00 target price on the stock.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 64.34 on Tuesday. VCA has a 12 month low of $44.00 and a 12 month high of $73.69. The stock has a market cap of $5.22 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.64 and a beta of 1.05. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $65.11 and its 200 day moving average price is $67.41.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, October 26th. The company reported $0.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.81 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $659.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $667.13 million. VCA had a return on equity of 16.47% and a net margin of 9.64%. The firm’s revenue was up 19.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.68 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that VCA will post $2.91 earnings per share for the current year.

In other VCA news, COO Arthur J. Antin sold 34,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.03, for a total value of $2,347,020.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 89,691 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,191,369.73. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. 4.60% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. 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 valued at $116,000 after buying an additional 1,493 shares during the period. Walleye Trading LLC increased its position in shares of VCA by 312.0% in the second quarter. Walleye Trading LLC now owns 2,052 shares of the company’s stock valued at $139,000 after buying an additional 1,554 shares during the period. Creative Planning increased its position in shares of VCA by 43.5% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 2,554 shares of the company’s stock valued at $173,000 after buying an additional 774 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its position in shares of VCA by 13.5% in the third quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,606 shares of the company’s stock valued at $182,000 after buying an additional 309 shares during the period. Finally, Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. acquired a new position in shares of VCA during the third quarter valued at approximately $194,000. 90.66% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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VCA Company Profile

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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