Rice Hall James & Associates LLC increased its position in VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 10.5% during the second quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 23,324 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 2,214 shares during the period. Rice Hall James & Associates LLC’s holdings in VCA were worth $2,153,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Several other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of WOOF. Capstone Asset Management Co. boosted its position in 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 during the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc boosted its position in VCA by 3.4% in the second quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 5,871 shares of the company’s stock worth $542,000 after buying an additional 195 shares during the last quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC boosted its position in VCA by 8.6% in the second quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 3,171 shares of the company’s stock worth $293,000 after buying an additional 250 shares during the last quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. boosted its position in VCA by 1.9% in the second quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. now owns 14,509 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,339,000 after buying an additional 272 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Treasurer State of Michigan boosted its position in VCA by 0.9% in the first quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 33,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,020,000 after buying an additional 300 shares during the last quarter. 74.12% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 92.67 on Tuesday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $92.51 and its 200-day moving average is $91.80. The firm has a market capitalization of $7.53 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.83 and a beta of 1.01. VCA Inc. has a 12-month low of $59.51 and a 12-month high of $92.87.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.94 by $0.02. VCA had a net margin of 8.00% and a return on equity of 15.54%. The firm had revenue of $743.13 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $735.75 million. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.87 earnings per share. Equities research analysts forecast that VCA Inc. will post $3.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of equities analysts recently weighed in on the stock. BidaskClub raised shares of VCA from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of VCA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a research report on Friday, July 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have issued a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $92.17.

VCA Company Profile

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).

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

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