Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the eleven ratings firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat reports. Nine equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $93.00.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on WOOF shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, June 17th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a research report on Friday.

Shares of VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) traded down 0.05% during trading on Tuesday, reaching $92.42. 555,969 shares of the company traded hands. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $92.20 and a 200 day moving average of $88.41. VCA has a 52 week low of $59.51 and a 52 week high of $92.87. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.51 billion, a PE ratio of 35.41 and a beta of 1.01.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.03. VCA had a return on equity of 15.61% and a net margin of 8.13%. The firm had revenue of $678.25 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $679.92 million. On average, equities analysts predict that VCA will post $3.10 EPS for the current year.

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Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in WOOF. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of VCA during the fourth quarter worth $39,039,000. Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 27.5% in the fourth quarter. Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors Inc. now owns 15,870 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,089,000 after buying an additional 3,420 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 15.1% in the fourth quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 981,439 shares of the company’s stock worth $67,376,000 after buying an additional 128,805 shares in the last quarter. Chicago Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter worth $27,615,000. Finally, Capstone Asset Management Co. boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 1.0% in the first quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 11,809 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,081,000 after buying an additional 120 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.90% of the company’s stock.

About VCA

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through five segments: animal hospitals (Animal Hospital), veterinary diagnostic laboratories (Laboratory), veterinary medical technology (Medical Technology), Vetstreet and Camp Bow Wow Franchising, Inc (Camp Bow Wow).

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