Prudential PLC held its position in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 11,837 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the 2nd quarter. Prudential PLC’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $756,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of ESRX. Nordea Investment Management AB raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.4% in the second quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 7,116,445 shares of the company’s stock valued at $454,314,000 after purchasing an additional 97,953 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 25.3% in the second quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 708,955 shares of the company’s stock valued at $45,260,000 after purchasing an additional 143,163 shares during the period. Lazard Asset Management LLC raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 81.8% in the second quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 112,666 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,192,000 after purchasing an additional 50,707 shares during the period. Hancock Holding Co. raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 9.9% in the first quarter. Hancock Holding Co. now owns 183,489 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,094,000 after purchasing an additional 16,536 shares during the period. Finally, Twin Capital Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 0.8% in the first quarter. Twin Capital Management Inc. now owns 46,560 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,069,000 after purchasing an additional 360 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.69% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts have recently commented on the stock. BidaskClub lowered shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. ValuEngine raised shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. UBS AG lowered shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Royal Bank Of Canada assumed coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $68.00 price target on the stock. Finally, Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $52.00 to $57.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Express Scripts Holding presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $69.45.

In related news, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total value of $71,501.24. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 18,232 shares in the company, valued at $1,120,903.36. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total value of $36,489.14. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 10,530 shares in the company, valued at approximately $664,758.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 5,641 shares of company stock worth $357,317 in the last 90 days. 0.68% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at 57.14 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $33.00 billion, a P/E ratio of 9.92 and a beta of 0.88. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 52 week low of $56.82 and a 52 week high of $77.50. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $61.90 and a 200 day moving average of $62.43.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.73 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.71 by $0.02. Express Scripts Holding had a return on equity of 25.58% and a net margin of 3.50%. The company had revenue of $25.35 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $25.52 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.57 earnings per share. Express Scripts Holding’s revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts anticipate that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Express Scripts Holding Profile

Express Scripts, Inc is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, offering a range of services to its clients, which include health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans and government health programs. It operates in two segments: PBM and Emerging Markets (EM).

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX)

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