VCA Inc (WOOF) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages
VCA Inc (NASDAQ:WOOF) has earned an average rating of “Hold” from the eleven brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have assigned a hold recommendation, one has given a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $93.00.
A number of analysts have commented on the stock. BidaskClub lowered shares of VCA from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $104.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, August 25th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, July 14th.
Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Meeder Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of VCA in the first quarter worth approximately $163,000. Advisory Services Network LLC lifted its position in shares of VCA by 1.1% in the second quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 1,957 shares of the company’s stock worth $181,000 after purchasing an additional 22 shares in the last quarter. RBF Capital LLC purchased a new stake in shares of VCA in the first quarter worth approximately $201,000. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of VCA in the second quarter worth approximately $217,000. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB purchased a new stake in shares of VCA in the second quarter worth approximately $238,000. 76.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.
Shares of VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 92.98 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $92.74 and its 200-day moving average is $92.16. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.56 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.94 and a beta of 1.01. VCA has a one year low of $59.51 and a one year high of $93.00.
VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.94 by $0.02. VCA had a net margin of 9.48% and a return on equity of 17.32%. The company had revenue of $743.13 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $735.75 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.87 earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts expect that VCA will post $3.23 EPS for the current year.
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).
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