Pacer Advisors Inc. lifted its holdings in Church & Dwight Company, Inc. (NYSE:CHD) by 8.3% during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor owned 5,302 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 406 shares during the quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Church & Dwight were worth $275,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

Several other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of CHD. First Trust Advisors LP boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 49.4% in the first quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 74,045 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,693,000 after buying an additional 24,496 shares in the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 19.2% in the first quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 27,382 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,366,000 after buying an additional 4,406 shares in the last quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 46.2% in the first quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 1,531,483 shares of the company’s stock valued at $76,375,000 after buying an additional 483,620 shares in the last quarter. British Columbia Investment Management Corp boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight by 21.7% in the first quarter. British Columbia Investment Management Corp now owns 121,602 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,064,000 after buying an additional 21,691 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Cedar Capital LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Church & Dwight in the first quarter valued at approximately $298,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 79.65% of the company’s stock.

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In other news, EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 177,940 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.30, for a total transaction of $8,950,382.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 46,348 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,331,304.40. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Robert D. Leblanc sold 9,718 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.84, for a total value of $484,345.12. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 56,497 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,815,810.48. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 198,858 shares of company stock valued at $9,996,631. Corporate insiders own 2.00% of the company’s stock.

Church & Dwight Company, Inc. (NYSE:CHD) opened at 49.28 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $12.30 billion, a PE ratio of 29.14 and a beta of 0.60. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $50.62 and a 200-day moving average price of $50.94. Church & Dwight Company, Inc. has a 12-month low of $42.56 and a 12-month high of $54.18.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.41 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.39 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $898.00 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $903.87 million. Church & Dwight had a return on equity of 24.21% and a net margin of 12.39%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company posted $0.85 EPS. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Church & Dwight Company, Inc. will post $1.93 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, August 15th were paid a dividend of $0.19 per share. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.54%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, August 11th. Church & Dwight’s dividend payout ratio is presently 44.97%.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the company. BMO Capital Markets set a $50.00 price target on Church & Dwight and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Monday, July 17th. UBS AG restated a “sell” rating and issued a $48.00 price target (up from $46.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $63.00 price objective (up from $60.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Zacks Investment Research cut Church & Dwight from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, BidaskClub raised Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 17th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $51.07.

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.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD)

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