YHB Investment Advisors Inc. increased its holdings in Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) by 2.2% during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 78,795 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,681 shares during the quarter. YHB Investment Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Church & Dwight were worth $5,182,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Baldwin Brothers Inc. MA increased its holdings in shares of Church & Dwight by 120.2% in the 3rd quarter. Baldwin Brothers Inc. MA now owns 10,074 shares of the company’s stock valued at $598,000 after acquiring an additional 5,499 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can boosted its position in shares of Church & Dwight by 34.8% in the 3rd quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 288,332 shares of the company’s stock worth $17,118,000 after buying an additional 74,460 shares in the last quarter. Asset Advisors Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Church & Dwight in the 3rd quarter worth about $15,633,000. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 1.5% in the 3rd quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 891,337 shares of the company’s stock valued at $52,919,000 after purchasing an additional 13,547 shares during the last quarter. Finally, First Financial Bank Trust Division raised its stake in Church & Dwight by 1.7% in the 4th quarter. First Financial Bank Trust Division now owns 88,740 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,835,000 after purchasing an additional 1,513 shares during the last quarter. 82.38% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on CHD. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, November 12th. Atlantic Securities began coverage on Church & Dwight in a report on Thursday, September 20th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $70.00 target price for the company. Bank of America reiterated an “underperform” rating and set a $66.00 target price (up previously from $58.00) on shares of Church & Dwight in a report on Thursday, December 6th. Oppenheimer boosted their target price on Church & Dwight from $66.00 to $73.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, November 8th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on Church & Dwight from $55.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Church & Dwight currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $60.76.

In other news, VP Richard A. Dierker sold 16,880 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.25, for a total transaction of $1,118,300.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 18,776 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,243,910. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director James Craigie sold 300,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.43, for a total value of $19,929,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 327,577 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $21,760,940.11. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders have sold 379,660 shares of company stock valued at $25,161,897. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

CHD traded up $0.11 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $67.14. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 103,831 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,771,168. The firm has a market capitalization of $16.21 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.61 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a quick ratio of 0.55, a current ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has a twelve month low of $44.87 and a twelve month high of $69.49.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The company reported $0.58 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $1.04 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.02 billion. Church & Dwight had a return on equity of 25.00% and a net margin of 20.25%. Church & Dwight’s quarterly revenue was up 7.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.49 EPS. As a group, analysts anticipate that Church & Dwight Co., Inc. will post 2.28 earnings per share for the current year.

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Church & Dwight Profile

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures, and markets household, personal care, and specialty products. The company operates through three segments: Consumer Domestic, Consumer International, and the Specialty Products Division. It offers baking soda, cat litter, carpet deodorization, and laundry detergent products under the ARM & HAMMER brand; condoms, lubricants, and vibrators TROJAN brand; stain removers, cleaning solutions, laundry detergents, dishwashing detergents, and bleach alternatives under the OXICLEAN brand; battery-operated and manual toothbrushes under the SPINBRUSH brand; home pregnancy and ovulation test kits under the FIRST RESPONSE brand; depilatories under the NAIR brand; oral analgesic products under the ORAJEL brand; laundry detergents under the XTRA brand; gummy dietary supplements under the L'IL CRITTERS and VITAFUSION brands; dry shampoos under the BATISTE brand; and water flossers and replacement showerheads under the WATERPIK brand.

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