VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the eleven brokerages that are currently covering the stock, MarketBeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation, two have assigned a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $95.75.

Several equities analysts have weighed in on WOOF shares. BidaskClub upgraded shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, June 17th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 2nd. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus restated a “hold” rating and issued a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a report on Friday, July 14th.

Shares of VCA (WOOF) opened at 92.62 on Friday. VCA has a 52 week low of $59.51 and a 52 week high of $92.87. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $92.49 and a 200 day moving average of $91.69. The company has a market cap of $7.62 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.81 and a beta of 1.01.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $743.13 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $735.75 million. VCA had a net margin of 8.00% and a return on equity of 15.54%. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.87 EPS. Equities analysts expect that VCA will post $3.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Advisory Services Network LLC acquired a new stake in VCA during the first quarter worth about $177,000. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board increased its stake in shares of VCA by 387.5% in the first quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board now owns 39,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,569,000 after buying an additional 31,000 shares in the last quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund increased its stake in shares of VCA by 1.4% in the first quarter. Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund now owns 28,339 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,593,000 after buying an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. DUPONT CAPITAL MANAGEMENT Corp purchased a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter worth approximately $1,318,000. Finally, Longfellow Investment Management Co. LLC purchased a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter worth approximately $10,522,000. Institutional investors own 73.89% of the company’s stock.

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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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