Equities research analysts predict that Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) will post earnings of $1.90 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Nine analysts have provided estimates for Express Scripts Holding’s earnings, with the lowest EPS estimate coming in at $1.88 and the highest estimate coming in at $1.91. Express Scripts Holding posted earnings per share of $1.74 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year over year growth rate of 9.2%. The company is scheduled to announce its next earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th.

On average, analysts expect that Express Scripts Holding will report full year earnings of $6.99 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $6.95 to $7.04. For the next year, analysts expect that the company will post earnings of $7.65 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $7.55 to $7.81. Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover Express Scripts Holding.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.73 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.71 by $0.02. Express Scripts Holding had a net margin of 3.50% and a return on equity of 25.58%. The firm had revenue of $25.35 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.52 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $1.57 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. UBS AG set a $71.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 25th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday. Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $83.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, June 9th. Evercore ISI cut their price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $68.50 to $59.00 and set an “in-line” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC assumed coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, July 21st. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating, five have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.81.

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In other news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 1,100 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.08, for a total value of $66,088.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 11,108 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $667,368.64. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 0.68% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Hancock Holding Co. increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding by 9.9% in the first quarter. Hancock Holding Co. now owns 183,489 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,094,000 after buying an additional 16,536 shares during the period. Twin Capital Management Inc. increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding by 0.8% in the first quarter. Twin Capital Management Inc. now owns 46,560 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,069,000 after buying an additional 360 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding by 28.8% in the first quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 373,636 shares of the company’s stock valued at $24,626,000 after buying an additional 83,568 shares during the period. ACR Alpine Capital Research LLC increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding by 6.3% in the first quarter. ACR Alpine Capital Research LLC now owns 1,463,799 shares of the company’s stock valued at $96,479,000 after buying an additional 87,292 shares during the period. Finally, Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. increased its stake in Express Scripts Holding by 6.9% in the first quarter. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 118,336 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,800,000 after buying an additional 7,630 shares during the period. 90.20% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at 62.32 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $35.99 billion, a PE ratio of 10.82 and a beta of 0.90. The company’s 50 day moving average is $63.15 and its 200 day moving average is $64.92. Express Scripts Holding has a 12 month low of $57.80 and a 12 month high of $77.61.

About Express Scripts Holding

Express Scripts, Inc is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, offering a range of services to its clients, which include health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans and government health programs. It operates in two segments: PBM and Emerging Markets (EM).

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