VCA Inc. (WOOF) Lowered to Hold at BidaskClub

BidaskClub cut shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report issued on Wednesday morning.

A number of other equities research analysts have also weighed in on WOOF. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a hold rating and set a $93.00 price target on shares of VCA in a report on Friday, March 17th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of VCA from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Saturday, March 25th. Nine 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 an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $87.67.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 92.50 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $7.52 billion, a P/E ratio of 35.44 and a beta of 1.01. VCA has a 1-year low of $59.51 and a 1-year high of $92.87. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $92.20 and a 200 day moving average of $88.41.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.73 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.03. VCA had a net margin of 8.13% and a return on equity of 15.61%. The business had revenue of $678.25 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $679.92 million. On average, equities research analysts expect that VCA will post $3.10 EPS for the current year.

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Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Norges Bank acquired a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $39,039,000. Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors Inc. raised its position in VCA by 27.5% in the fourth quarter. Baltimore Washington Financial Advisors Inc. now owns 15,870 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,089,000 after buying an additional 3,420 shares during the period. Macquarie Group Ltd. raised its position in VCA by 15.1% in the fourth quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 981,439 shares of the company’s stock valued at $67,376,000 after buying an additional 128,805 shares during the period. Chicago Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in VCA during the first quarter valued at approximately $27,615,000. Finally, Capstone Asset Management Co. raised its position in VCA by 1.0% in the first quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 11,809 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,081,000 after buying an additional 120 shares during the period. 74.27% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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).

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