Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) had its price objective raised by investment analysts at Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. from $220.00 to $225.00 in a research note issued to investors on Friday. The firm currently has an “outperform” rating on the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc.’s price target would indicate a potential downside of 3.10% from the stock’s previous close.

Other research analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Chemed Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $216.00 price objective on the stock in a research note on Monday, September 18th. TheStreet cut shares of Chemed Corp. from a “b+” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $208.00 price objective on shares of Chemed Corp. in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Chemed Corp. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and one has issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $216.67.

Shares of Chemed Corp. (NYSE CHE) traded up 9.82% during trading on Friday, reaching $232.20. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 139,522 shares. Chemed Corp. has a 1-year low of $132.92 and a 1-year high of $233.50. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $200.95 and its 200 day moving average price is $199.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $3.71 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 57.60 and a beta of 1.13.

Chemed Corp. (NYSE:CHE) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $2.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.00 by $0.15. Chemed Corp. had a net margin of 4.62% and a return on equity of 27.49%. The firm had revenue of $417.40 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $414.34 million. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.73 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.3% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that Chemed Corp. will post $8.21 EPS for the current year.

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In other Chemed Corp. news, Director Patrick P. Grace sold 500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $201.48, for a total value of $100,740.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 4,515 shares in the company, valued at $909,682.20. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Spencer S. Lee sold 1,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $197.46, for a total transaction of $197,460.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 37,809 shares in the company, valued at $7,465,765.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 4.90% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Acrospire Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in Chemed Corp. in the second quarter worth $120,000. Pacad Investment Ltd. raised its holdings in Chemed Corp. by 250.0% in the second quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. now owns 700 shares of the company’s stock worth $143,000 after purchasing an additional 500 shares during the period. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank raised its holdings in Chemed Corp. by 12.8% in the second quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 731 shares of the company’s stock worth $150,000 after purchasing an additional 83 shares during the period. Campbell & CO Investment Adviser LLC acquired a new stake in Chemed Corp. in the second quarter worth $209,000. Finally, World Asset Management Inc acquired a new stake in Chemed Corp. in the second quarter worth $216,000. Institutional investors own 96.94% of the company’s stock.

Chemed Corp. Company Profile

Chemed Corporation purchases, operates and divests subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. The Company operates through two segments: the VITAS segment (VITAS) and the Roto-Rooter segment (Roto-Rooter). The Company’s VITAS provides hospice and palliative care services to its patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

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