VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report released on Monday.

A number of other equities research analysts have also recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research cut VCA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, July 14th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $87.67.

Shares of VCA (NASDAQ WOOF) traded up 0.13% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $92.57. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 319,860 shares. The firm has a market cap of $7.52 billion, a PE ratio of 35.47 and a beta of 1.01. The company has a 50-day moving average of $92.44 and a 200-day moving average of $91.47. VCA has a 12 month low of $59.51 and a 12 month high of $92.87.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.03. VCA had a return on equity of 15.61% and a net margin of 8.13%. The business had revenue of $678.25 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $679.92 million. On average, analysts predict that VCA will post $3.10 earnings per share for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. boosted its position in VCA by 29.2% in the second quarter. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. now owns 5,983 shares of the company’s stock valued at $552,000 after buying an additional 1,351 shares in the last quarter. Longfellow Investment Management Co. LLC boosted its position in VCA by 15.7% in the second quarter. Longfellow Investment Management Co. LLC now owns 133,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,277,000 after buying an additional 18,000 shares in the last quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan boosted its position in VCA by 1.5% in the second quarter. State Treasurer State of Michigan now owns 33,500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,092,000 after buying an additional 500 shares in the last quarter. Exane Asset Management acquired a new position in VCA during the second quarter valued at $1,177,000. Finally, Aperio Group LLC boosted its position in VCA by 18.0% in the second quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 22,569 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,083,000 after buying an additional 3,450 shares in the last quarter. 73.95% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

VCA Company Profile

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through five segments: animal hospitals (Animal Hospital), veterinary diagnostic laboratories (Laboratory), veterinary medical technology (Medical Technology), Vetstreet and Camp Bow Wow Franchising, Inc (Camp Bow Wow).

Analyst Recommendations for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

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