Shares of Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) have earned a consensus recommendation of “Hold” from the eleven research firms that are presently covering the firm. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have issued a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $49.31.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on CHD shares. Barclays PLC dropped their price target on Church & Dwight Co. to $47.00 and set an “underweight” rating on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, September 6th. Stifel Nicolaus started coverage on Church & Dwight Co. in a research note on Monday, July 11th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and issued a $56.00 price target on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research note on Thursday, July 14th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Church & Dwight Co. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. raised their price target on Church & Dwight Co. from $51.50 to $55.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th.

In other Church & Dwight Co. news, Director Ravichandra Krishnamu Saligram sold 1,899 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.86, for a total transaction of $189,634.14. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 12,966 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,294,784.76. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, VP Louis Tursi sold 55,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 10th. The stock was sold at an average price of $100.75, for a total value of $5,541,250.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 49,733 shares in the company, valued at $5,010,599.75. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 2.17% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 1.4% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,588,376 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,295,219,000 after buying an additional 168,332 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 1.8% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 5,996,116 shares of the company’s stock valued at $552,725,000 after buying an additional 104,317 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 11.6% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 4,298,218 shares of the company’s stock valued at $396,210,000 after buying an additional 445,503 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 7.3% in the second quarter. BlackRock Fund Advisors now owns 3,391,486 shares of the company’s stock valued at $348,950,000 after buying an additional 229,773 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BlackRock Group LTD boosted its stake in shares of Church & Dwight Co. by 20.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Group LTD now owns 1,533,055 shares of the company’s stock valued at $141,316,000 after buying an additional 265,128 shares during the last quarter. 40.01% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) traded down 0.011% during trading on Wednesday, reaching $47.415. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,038,787 shares. The company has a 50 day moving average of $49.21 and a 200 day moving average of $48.44. Church & Dwight Co. has a 12-month low of $38.43 and a 12-month high of $53.68. The company has a market cap of $12.21 billion, a PE ratio of 27.631 and a beta of 0.32.

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported $0.85 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.05. The business earned $877.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $869.23 million. Church & Dwight Co. had a return on equity of 22.69% and a net margin of 13.12%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 3.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the company earned $0.73 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Church & Dwight Co. will post $1.77 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, September 1st. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 15th were given a $0.355 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, August 11th. This represents a $1.42 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.99%. Church & Dwight Co.’s payout ratio is 41.40%.

About Church & Dwight Co.

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company operates in three segments: Consumer Domestic, which includes consumer products, as well as other household and personal care products; Consumer International, which markets a range of personal care products, household and over-the-counter products in international markets, and Specialty Products Division (SPD), a producer of sodium bicarbonate.

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