Molina Healthcare Inc (MOH) PT Raised to $89.00 at Morgan Stanley

Molina Healthcare Inc (NYSE:MOH) had its price objective boosted by stock analysts at Morgan Stanley from $68.00 to $89.00 in a research note issued to investors on Friday. The firm currently has an “overweight” rating on the stock. Morgan Stanley’s target price would indicate a potential upside of 12.40% from the stock’s current price.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $74.00 price objective (up previously from $64.00) on shares of Molina Healthcare in a research report on Friday. Wolfe Research upgraded Molina Healthcare from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. BMO Capital Markets began coverage on Molina Healthcare in a research report on Monday, October 16th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $70.00 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Molina Healthcare from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group assumed coverage on Molina Healthcare in a research report on Thursday, September 21st. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $70.00 price objective on the stock. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $64.30.

Shares of Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) traded up $11.00 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $79.18. The company had a trading volume of 6,310,768 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,287,506. The company has a market cap of $3.94 billion, a PE ratio of 21.43 and a beta of 0.91.

Molina Healthcare (NYSE:MOH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported ($1.62) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.23 by ($1.85). Molina Healthcare had a positive return on equity of 17.21% and a negative net margin of 1.76%. The business had revenue of $5.03 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.95 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.85 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 10.7% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Molina Healthcare will post -2.14 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, insider William Dentino sold 66,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.09, for a total transaction of $3,965,940.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Steven J. Orlando sold 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.00, for a total value of $60,000.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 398,853 shares of company stock worth $25,242,273 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 6.20% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA grew its stake in shares of Molina Healthcare by 5.9% during the third quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 270,981 shares of the company’s stock valued at $18,633,000 after buying an additional 15,180 shares during the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Molina Healthcare by 2.8% during the third quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 192,315 shares of the company’s stock valued at $13,224,000 after buying an additional 5,181 shares during the last quarter. Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC grew its stake in shares of Molina Healthcare by 55.7% during the third quarter. Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC now owns 178,323 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,261,000 after buying an additional 63,810 shares during the last quarter. Tavio Capital LLC grew its stake in shares of Molina Healthcare by 418.0% during the third quarter. Tavio Capital LLC now owns 537,192 shares of the company’s stock valued at $36,937,000 after buying an additional 433,485 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. bought a new position in shares of Molina Healthcare during the third quarter valued at about $586,000. 95.22% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Molina Healthcare Company Profile

Molina Healthcare, Inc offers Medicaid-related solutions for low-income families and individuals, and assists government agencies in their administration of the Medicaid program. The Company operates through three segments: Health Plans, Molina Medicaid Solutions and Other, which includes its Pathways Health and Community Support LLC (Pathways) business.

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