Citadel Advisors LLC increased its stake in Chemed Co. (NYSE:CHE) by 542.3% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 98,213 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 82,921 shares during the period. Citadel Advisors LLC owned 0.62% of Chemed worth $35,439,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.
Other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of the company. Krane Funds Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Chemed in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $26,000. Bremer Bank National Association purchased a new stake in shares of Chemed in the 1st quarter worth approximately $29,000. Advisory Services Network LLC grew its stake in shares of Chemed by 117.9% in the 2nd quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 85 shares of the company’s stock worth $30,000 after buying an additional 46 shares during the last quarter. Icon Wealth Partners LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Chemed in the 1st quarter worth approximately $61,000. Finally, Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Chemed in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $92,000. Institutional investors own 87.12% of the company’s stock.
In other news, Director Walter L. Krebs sold 2,910 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $430.41, for a total value of $1,252,493.10. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 9,318 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,010,560.38. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, Director Donald E. Saunders sold 400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $432.87, for a total value of $173,148.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 7,408 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,206,700.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 46,812 shares of company stock worth $20,005,507 over the last three months. Insiders own 3.96% of the company’s stock.
Chemed (NYSE:CHE) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 25th. The company reported $3.36 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $3.09 by $0.27. The firm had revenue of $473.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $471.72 million. Chemed had a return on equity of 35.63% and a net margin of 10.94%. The company’s revenue was up 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $2.81 EPS. Analysts expect that Chemed Co. will post 13.54 earnings per share for the current year.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, August 12th were issued a dividend of $0.32 per share. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.30%. This is a boost from Chemed’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. The ex-dividend date was Friday, August 9th. Chemed’s dividend payout ratio is presently 10.73%.
Several equities analysts recently issued reports on CHE shares. ValuEngine raised Chemed from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 7th. Bank of America upped their price objective on Chemed from $470.00 to $500.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 6th. Oppenheimer upped their price objective on Chemed from $400.00 to $430.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 1st. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada upped their price objective on Chemed to $405.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research report on Monday, July 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $411.25.
Chemed Company Profile
Chemed Corporation provides hospice and palliative care services to patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy, and volunteers in the United States. It operates through two segments, VITAS and Roto-Rooter. The company also offers plumbing, drain cleaning, water restoration, and other related services to residential and commercial customers through company-owned and independent contractors, and franchised locations.
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