Banco BTG Pactual S.A. increased its holdings in VCA Inc (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 782.6% in the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 289,508 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 256,708 shares during the period. VCA makes up about 4.2% of Banco BTG Pactual S.A.’s holdings, making the stock its 5th biggest holding. Banco BTG Pactual S.A. owned approximately 0.36% of VCA worth $11,935,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Several other institutional investors have also made changes to their positions in WOOF. Meeder Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in VCA during the 1st quarter valued at $163,000. RBF Capital LLC bought a new stake in VCA during the 1st quarter valued at $201,000. Daiwa Securities Group Inc. bought a new stake in VCA during the 2nd quarter valued at $217,000. Nordea Investment Management AB bought a new stake in VCA during the 2nd quarter valued at $238,000. Finally, CNA Financial Corp bought a new stake in VCA during the 1st quarter valued at $238,000. 76.52% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
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A number of equities research analysts recently commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $104.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, September 7th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of VCA from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price target on shares of VCA in a report on Friday, July 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. VCA currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $92.17.
VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $743.13 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $735.75 million. VCA had a net margin of 9.48% and a return on equity of 17.32%. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned $0.87 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that VCA Inc will post $3.23 earnings per share 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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