Amalgamated Bank lowered its stake in Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) by 0.2% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The firm owned 2,141 shares of the company’s stock after selling 5 shares during the period. Amalgamated Bank’s holdings in Chemed Corp. were worth $391,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of CHE. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Chemed Corp. by 145,760.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,955,994 shares of the company’s stock worth $357,341,000 after buying an additional 1,954,653 shares in the last quarter. Norges Bank purchased a new stake in Chemed Corp. during the fourth quarter worth $38,052,000. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in Chemed Corp. by 7.5% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,795,773 shares of the company’s stock worth $328,070,000 after buying an additional 125,018 shares in the last quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC boosted its stake in Chemed Corp. by 2.2% in the first quarter. Neuberger Berman Group LLC now owns 1,060,403 shares of the company’s stock worth $193,725,000 after buying an additional 23,306 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Seizert Capital Partners LLC bought a new stake in Chemed Corp. during the first quarter worth approximately $3,325,000. Institutional investors own 98.33% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Chemed Corp. (NYSE CHE) traded up 0.70% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $198.79. 72,928 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $203.00 and its 200-day moving average is $190.92. The company has a market capitalization of $3.18 billion, a PE ratio of 49.32 and a beta of 1.14. Chemed Corp. has a 52 week low of $130.05 and a 52 week high of $216.01.

Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $2.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.89 by $0.26. The company had revenue of $415.06 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $407.56 million. Chemed Corp. had a return on equity of 26.18% and a net margin of 4.16%. The firm’s revenue was up 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.80 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Chemed Corp. will post $8.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 1st. Investors of record on Monday, August 14th will be paid a dividend of $0.28 per share. This is an increase from Chemed Corp.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.26. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, August 10th. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.56%. Chemed Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 26.07%.

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A number of analysts recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of Chemed Corp. from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. TheStreet cut shares of Chemed Corp. from a “b+” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued a “hold” rating and set a $209.00 price target on shares of Chemed Corp. in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. raised their price target on shares of Chemed Corp. from $200.00 to $220.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Chemed Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $226.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, July 28th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $218.33.

In other Chemed Corp. news, insider Kevin J. Mcnamara sold 15,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $201.16, for a total value of $3,017,400.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 173,801 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $34,961,809.16. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director George J. Walsh III purchased 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 26th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $204.56 per share, with a total value of $204,560.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 7,908 shares in the company, valued at $1,617,660.48. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. 5.32% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Chemed Corp. Company Profile

Chemed Corporation purchases, operates and divests subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. The Company operates through two segments: the VITAS segment (VITAS) and the Roto-Rooter segment (Roto-Rooter). The Company’s VITAS provides hospice and palliative care services to its patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE)

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