Morningstar Investment Services LLC increased its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 9.3% during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 734,710 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 62,343 shares during the quarter. Morningstar Investment Services LLC owned about 0.13% of Express Scripts Holding worth $46,522,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Several other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.6% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 40,251,311 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,652,964,000 after acquiring an additional 649,400 shares in the last quarter. Dodge & Cox lifted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 25.7% in the second quarter. Dodge & Cox now owns 36,188,517 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,310,275,000 after buying an additional 7,388,021 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp lifted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.1% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 27,060,709 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,783,569,000 after buying an additional 298,341 shares during the last quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC lifted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 4.2% in the first quarter. Barrow Hanley Mewhinney & Strauss LLC now owns 17,612,834 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,160,862,000 after buying an additional 704,218 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. lifted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 8.4% in the second quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 11,880,919 shares of the company’s stock valued at $758,480,000 after buying an additional 922,406 shares during the last quarter. 89.34% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Royal Bank Of Canada set a $66.00 price objective on Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Robert W. Baird raised their price objective on Express Scripts Holding from $57.00 to $59.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 25th. Mizuho set a $67.00 target price on Express Scripts Holding and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $69.53.

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) traded up $0.93 during trading on Thursday, reaching $62.12. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 3,254,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,082,135. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 12-month low of $55.80 and a 12-month high of $77.50. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a current ratio of 0.73. The company has a market cap of $34,656.36, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.95, a PEG ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 0.88.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.90 EPS for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.90. Express Scripts Holding had a return on equity of 25.46% and a net margin of 3.64%. The firm had revenue of $24.68 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.68 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $1.74 EPS. The company’s revenue was down 2.9% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Express Scripts Holding Company will post 7.01 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, CEO Timothy C. Wentworth acquired 8,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were bought at an average price of $61.13 per share, with a total value of $489,040.00. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 98,628 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,029,129.64. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total value of $36,489.14. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 10,530 shares in the company, valued at approximately $664,758.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 5,121 shares of company stock worth $325,920. Corporate insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

Express Scripts Holding Company 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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