Stevens First Principles Investment Advisors held its stake in shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 5,595 shares of the company’s stock at the end of the second quarter. Stevens First Principles Investment Advisors’ holdings in VCA were worth $378,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the company. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 3.7% in the second quarter. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. now owns 7,972 shares of the company’s stock worth $539,000 after buying an additional 283 shares during the period. Montag & Caldwell LLC boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 0.3% in the second quarter. Montag & Caldwell LLC now owns 14,885 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,006,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the period. Emerald Advisers Inc. PA boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 77.0% in the second quarter. Emerald Advisers Inc. PA now owns 20,628 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,395,000 after buying an additional 8,977 shares during the period. Redwood Investments LLC boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 3.8% in the second quarter. Redwood Investments LLC now owns 270,360 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,279,000 after buying an additional 9,866 shares during the period. Finally, Advisory Services Network LLC boosted its stake in shares of VCA by 31.7% in the second quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 14,994 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,014,000 after buying an additional 3,609 shares during the period. 91.17% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) traded up 0.49% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $69.74. 262,463 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged. VCA Inc. has a one year low of $44.00 and a one year high of $73.69. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $70.04 and a 200-day moving average price of $66.18. The stock has a market cap of $5.64 billion, a PE ratio of 24.88 and a beta of 1.23.
VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.82 by $0.05. The firm had revenue of $653.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $637.18 million. VCA had a net margin of 9.93% and a return on equity of 16.86%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 19.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.70 EPS. On average, analysts predict that VCA Inc. will post $2.93 EPS for the current year.
A number of analysts have commented on the stock. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, September 30th. Bank of America Corp. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of VCA in a research report on Thursday, September 29th. Finally, Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of VCA in a research report on Friday, August 5th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. VCA currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $71.00.
In other news, COO Arthur J. Antin sold 34,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, September 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.03, for a total transaction of $2,347,020.00. Following the sale, the chief operating officer now owns 89,691 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,191,369.73. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director John B. Chickering, Jr. sold 2,302 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.85, for a total transaction of $163,096.70. Following the sale, the director now owns 10,992 shares in the company, valued at approximately $778,783.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders own 4.60% of the company’s stock.
VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company. The Company operates through five segments. Its Animal Hospital segment provides veterinary services for companion animals and sells related retail and pharmaceutical products. Its Laboratory segment provides diagnostic laboratory testing services for veterinarians, both associated with its animal hospitals and those independent of the Company.
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