Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. increased its position in shares of Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) by 96.1% during the third quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 215,652 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 105,677 shares during the period. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. owned approximately 0.08% of Church & Dwight Co. worth $10,334,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. J.Safra Asset Management Corp bought a new stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co. during the second quarter worth approximately $100,000. Checchi Capital Advisers LLC increased its stake 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 worth $114,000 after buying an additional 10 shares during the period. Assetmark Inc. increased its stake 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 worth $117,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp increased its stake 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 worth $119,000 after buying an additional 253 shares during the period. Finally, Bellwether Investment Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co. during the second quarter worth approximately $123,000. Institutional investors own 61.15% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD)

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) traded up 0.90% during trading on Friday, reaching $45.06. 438,049 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Church & Dwight Co. has a 12 month low of $38.42 and a 12 month high of $53.68. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $46.24 and a 200-day moving average price of $48.48. The firm has a market cap of $11.65 billion, a PE ratio of 25.97 and a beta of 0.46.

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 3rd. The company reported $0.47 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the 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 earned $870.70 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $883.83 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.90 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 1.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Church & Dwight Co. will post $1.76 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 16th will be issued a $0.1775 dividend. This represents a $0.71 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.58%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 14th. Church & Dwight Co.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 40.92%.

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A number of analysts have recently issued reports on CHD shares. Deutsche Bank AG increased their target price on Church & Dwight Co. from $51.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Citigroup Inc. increased their target price on Church & Dwight Co. from $51.50 to $55.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $58.00 target price (up previously from $56.00) on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a report on Monday, August 1st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Church & Dwight Co. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $50.00 target price (up previously from $48.00) on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a report on Friday, September 16th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $50.23.

In other news, Director James Craigie sold 28,029 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $100.00, for a total value of $2,802,900.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 38,475 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,847,500. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, EVP Britta Bomhard purchased 4,087 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 14th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $43.97 per share, with a total value of $179,705.39. Following the acquisition, the executive vice president now directly owns 4,087 shares in the company, valued at $179,705.39. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 2.17% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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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