Investors sold shares of Express Scripts Holding Co. (NASDAQ:ESRX) on strength during trading on Friday. $31.31 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $47.71 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $16.40 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Express Scripts Holding had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Express Scripts Holding traded up $1.37 for the day and closed at $77.92

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Credit Suisse Group AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a report on Saturday, June 4th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $85.00 price objective on the stock in a report on Thursday, April 28th. FBR & Co dropped their price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $90.00 to $75.00 and set a “mkt perform” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, April 27th. Wedbush restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a report on Wednesday, June 1st. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein started coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a report on Thursday, June 16th. They set an “underperform” rating and a $68.00 price objective on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. Express Scripts Holding presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $82.05.

The firm has a market capitalization of $49.29 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.51. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $75.36 and a 200 day moving average of $73.63.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last announced its earnings results on Monday, April 25th. The company reported $1.22 EPS for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.22. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.10 EPS. The firm earned $24.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $25.20 billion. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down .4% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts expect that Express Scripts Holding Co. will post $6.35 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, VP Everett Neville sold 800 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.11, for a total value of $59,288.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 13,835 shares in the company, valued at $1,025,311.85. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Mahon Thomas P. Mac sold 5,482 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, April 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $73.93, for a total transaction of $405,284.26. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 55,689 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,117,087.77. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in ESRX. First Trust Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 8.8% in the fourth quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 942,093 shares of the company’s stock valued at $82,348,000 after buying an additional 75,941 shares in the last quarter. Sei Investments Co. increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 52.7% in the fourth quarter. Sei Investments Co. now owns 556,379 shares of the company’s stock valued at $48,633,000 after buying an additional 192,015 shares in the last quarter. Confluence Investment Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 8.5% in the fourth quarter. Confluence Investment Management LLC now owns 463,038 shares of the company’s stock valued at $40,474,000 after buying an additional 36,327 shares in the last quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised its position in Express Scripts Holding by 32.9% in the fourth quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 12,851 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,123,000 after buying an additional 3,182 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Financial Enhancement Group LLC raised its position in Express Scripts Holding by 2.7% in the fourth quarter. Financial Enhancement Group LLC now owns 70,221 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,138,000 after buying an additional 1,843 shares during the last quarter.

Express Scripts, Inc is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, offering a range of services to its clients, which include health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans and government health programs. It operates in two segments: PBM and Emerging Markets (EM).

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