Trust Co. of Vermont boosted its position in shares of Church & Dwight Company, Inc. (NYSE:CHD) by 1.2% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 97,476 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,158 shares during the period. Trust Co. of Vermont’s holdings in Church & Dwight were worth $5,057,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its position in Church & Dwight by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 845,647 shares of the company’s stock worth $37,373,000 after buying an additional 4,682 shares during the period. A.R.T. Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Church & Dwight during the fourth quarter worth approximately $223,000. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its stake in Church & Dwight by 7.0% in the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 9,020 shares of the company’s stock worth $399,000 after buying an additional 590 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its stake in Church & Dwight by 8.3% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 485,581 shares of the company’s stock worth $21,458,000 after buying an additional 37,140 shares during the period. Finally, Kentucky Retirement Systems acquired a new stake in Church & Dwight during the fourth quarter worth approximately $829,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 82.10% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Church & Dwight Company, Inc. (NYSE CHD) opened at 50.39 on Monday. Church & Dwight Company, Inc. has a 12-month low of $42.56 and a 12-month high of $54.18. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $52.83 and a 200 day moving average price of $50.32. The stock has a market cap of $12.56 billion, a PE ratio of 27.54 and a beta of 0.57.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.41 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.39 by $0.02. Church & Dwight had a return on equity of 24.21% and a net margin of 12.39%. The company had revenue of $898 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $903.87 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.85 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Church & Dwight Company, Inc. will post $1.93 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th will be given a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.51%. The ex-dividend date is Friday, August 11th. Church & Dwight’s payout ratio is 44.97%.

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A number of equities research analysts have commented on CHD shares. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $54.00 target price on shares of Church & Dwight in a report on Wednesday, April 12th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and set a $45.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Friday, May 5th. UBS AG reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $46.00 price target (up previously from $45.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Friday, May 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $56.00 price target for the company in a research note on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded Church & Dwight from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 16th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company. Church & Dwight presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $50.90.

About Church & Dwight

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company’s segments include Consumer Domestic, Consumer International and Specialty Products Division (SPD). The Company also sells specialty products to industrial customers and distributors.

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