Asset Management One Co. Ltd. decreased its stake in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 2.5% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund owned 951,223 shares of the company’s stock after selling 24,577 shares during the period. Asset Management One Co. Ltd. owned 0.17% of Express Scripts worth $60,220,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Other hedge funds and other institutional investors also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Dodge & Cox raised its stake in Express Scripts by 25.7% during the 2nd quarter. Dodge & Cox now owns 36,188,517 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,310,275,000 after acquiring an additional 7,388,021 shares in the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. raised its stake in Express Scripts by 8.4% during the 2nd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 11,880,919 shares of the company’s stock valued at $758,480,000 after acquiring an additional 922,406 shares in the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp raised its stake in Express Scripts by 12.2% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 11,068,777 shares of the company’s stock valued at $706,629,000 after acquiring an additional 1,206,980 shares in the last quarter. Veritas Asset Management LLP increased its position in shares of Express Scripts by 5.6% during the 3rd quarter. Veritas Asset Management LLP now owns 8,652,910 shares of the company’s stock valued at $547,902,000 after purchasing an additional 460,338 shares during the period. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB increased its position in shares of Express Scripts by 2.6% during the 3rd quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 7,304,973 shares of the company’s stock valued at $462,551,000 after purchasing an additional 188,528 shares during the period. 88.44% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ ESRX) opened at $68.57 on Thursday. The stock has a market capitalization of $38,603.98, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.96, a P/E/G ratio of 1.01 and a beta of 0.88. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 12-month low of $55.80 and a 12-month high of $76.38. The company has a current ratio of 0.73, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86.

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

ESRX has been the topic of several research analyst reports. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on Express Scripts from $52.00 to $57.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Jefferies Group set a $72.00 price target on Express Scripts and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Robert W. Baird reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts in a research report on Friday, September 1st. ValuEngine cut Express Scripts from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Finally, Royal Bank Of Canada initiated coverage on Express Scripts in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. They set a “sector perform” rating and a $68.00 price target on the stock. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, seven have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.67.

In other Express Scripts news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated 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 sale, the vice president now owns 10,530 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $664,758.90. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Timothy C. Wentworth purchased 8,000 shares of Express Scripts stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was bought at an average cost of $61.13 per share, with a total value of $489,040.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 98,628 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,029,129.64. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders sold 5,121 shares of company stock valued at $325,920 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

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Express Scripts 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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