VCA Inc (WOOF) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Analysts
Shares of VCA Inc (NASDAQ:WOOF) have been assigned a consensus rating of “Hold” from the eleven ratings firms that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have issued a hold recommendation, two have assigned a buy recommendation and one has given a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $95.75.
A number of equities analysts have issued reports on WOOF shares. Zacks Investment Research raised VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $104.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. BidaskClub lowered VCA from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 6th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $93.00 target price on shares of VCA in a research report on Friday, July 14th.
VCA (WOOF) opened at 92.72 on Wednesday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $92.55 and a 200-day moving average of $91.90. VCA has a 12 month low of $59.51 and a 12 month high of $92.87. The stock has a market cap of $7.54 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.84 and a beta of 1.01.
VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.02. VCA had a return on equity of 17.32% and a net margin of 9.48%. The firm had revenue of $743.13 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $735.75 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.87 EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that VCA will post $3.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.
Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. DUPONT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Corp purchased a new stake in VCA during the first quarter valued at about $1,318,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund raised its stake in shares of VCA by 1.4% in the first quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 28,339 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,593,000 after buying an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board raised its stake in shares of VCA by 387.5% in the first quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 39,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,569,000 after buying an additional 31,000 shares in the last quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC bought a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at $177,000. Finally, Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in shares of VCA by 6.8% in the first quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 48,672 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,452,000 after buying an additional 3,096 shares in the last quarter. 78.04% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
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).
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