Paragon Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Danaher Co. (NYSE:DHR) during the first quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The firm purchased 910 shares of the conglomerate’s stock, valued at approximately $120,000.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently bought and sold shares of DHR. Norges Bank acquired a new position in Danaher during the 4th quarter worth approximately $747,082,000. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund grew its holdings in Danaher by 10,085.3% during the fourth quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 6,863,048 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $67,000 after purchasing an additional 6,795,666 shares during the period. Findlay Park Partners LLP grew its holdings in Danaher by 25.0% during the fourth quarter. Findlay Park Partners LLP now owns 4,595,000 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $473,836,000 after purchasing an additional 920,000 shares during the period. 1832 Asset Management L.P. grew its holdings in Danaher by 74.3% during the fourth quarter. 1832 Asset Management L.P. now owns 2,129,142 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $219,310,000 after purchasing an additional 907,593 shares during the period. Finally, AQR Capital Management LLC grew its holdings in Danaher by 48.2% during the third quarter. AQR Capital Management LLC now owns 2,682,662 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $291,498,000 after purchasing an additional 872,626 shares during the period. 77.58% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In other Danaher news, SVP Angela S. Lalor sold 4,534 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $127.25, for a total transaction of $576,951.50. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 21,209 shares in the company, valued at $2,698,845.25. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Walter G. Lohr sold 10,578 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.85, for a total value of $1,341,819.30. Following the sale, the director now owns 20,691 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,624,653.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 183,150 shares of company stock worth $23,279,637 in the last quarter. 11.90% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Shares of DHR stock traded down $1.13 on Monday, reaching $130.50. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,447,675 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,900,918. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.34, a quick ratio of 1.07 and a current ratio of 1.47. Danaher Co. has a 12-month low of $94.59 and a 12-month high of $134.50. The company has a market capitalization of $94.21 billion, a PE ratio of 28.87, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.40 and a beta of 1.04.

Danaher (NYSE:DHR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, January 29th. The conglomerate reported $1.28 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.27 by $0.01. Danaher had a return on equity of 11.64% and a net margin of 13.33%. The company had revenue of $5.40 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.33 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.19 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 6.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that Danaher Co. will post 4.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 26th. Investors of record on Friday, March 29th will be given a $0.17 dividend. This represents a $0.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.52%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 28th. This is an increase from Danaher’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. Danaher’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 15.04%.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on DHR shares. Zacks Investment Research raised Danaher from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $147.00 price objective for the company in a report on Tuesday, April 9th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $138.00 price target (up from $114.00) on shares of Danaher in a report on Thursday, February 28th. Jefferies Financial Group raised their price target on Danaher to $140.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 26th. Deutsche Bank raised their price target on Danaher to $130.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 26th. Finally, UBS Group raised their price target on Danaher from $125.00 to $144.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 26th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $125.46.

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Danaher Company Profile

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. The company's Life Sciences segment provides mass spectrometers; cellular analysis, lab automation, and centrifugation instruments; microscopes; and genomics consumables.

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