VCA Inc. (WOOF) Given “Hold” Rating at Stifel Nicolaus

Stifel Nicolaus reissued their hold rating on shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) in a report published on Friday. They currently have a $93.00 price objective on the stock.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. BidaskClub upgraded VCA from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Saturday, June 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of VCA from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a hold rating and issued a $93.00 target price on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, March 17th. Nine investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $87.67.

VCA (NASDAQ WOOF) traded up 0.09% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $92.50. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 418,676 shares. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $92.20 and a 200-day moving average price of $88.41. VCA has a one year low of $59.51 and a one year high of $92.87. The company has a market capitalization of $7.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.44 and a beta of 1.01.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ 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 firm had revenue of $678.25 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $679.92 million. Equities research analysts forecast that VCA will post $3.10 EPS for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in VCA by 2,848.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,340,883 shares of the company’s stock valued at $580,192,000 after buying an additional 6,125,792 shares during the last quarter. Pentwater Capital Management LP purchased a new stake in VCA during the first quarter valued at approximately $214,110,000. Bank of America Corp DE raised its stake in VCA by 267.3% in the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 2,624,862 shares of the company’s stock valued at $240,175,000 after buying an additional 1,910,155 shares during the last quarter. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in VCA by 535.1% in the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,546,462 shares of the company’s stock valued at $141,500,000 after buying an additional 1,302,982 shares during the last quarter. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its stake in VCA by 227.7% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,206,693 shares of the company’s stock valued at $110,412,000 after buying an additional 838,452 shares during the last quarter. 74.27% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About VCA

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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