Shares of Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) fell 1.2% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $99.56 and last traded at $99.56, with a volume of 137,103 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $100.72.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on CHD. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research report on Sunday, May 22nd. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Church & Dwight Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 4th. Bank of America Corp. lowered shares of Church & Dwight Co. from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $97.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Monday, April 18th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Jefferies Group restated a “buy” rating and set a $112.00 target price on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research report on Thursday, July 14th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus began coverage on shares of Church & Dwight Co. in a research report on Monday, July 11th. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $96.38.

The firm has a market cap of $12.82 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.92. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $99.99 and its 200 day moving average price is $92.89.

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The company reported $0.86 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.85 by $0.01. The business earned $849 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $825.44 million. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.80 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Church & Dwight Co. will post $3.53 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, VP Louis Tursi sold 63,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, June 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $99.07, for a total value of $6,241,410.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 49,767 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,930,416.69. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, June 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.74, for a total transaction of $987,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 23,705 shares in the company, valued at $2,340,631.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CHD. Vanguard Group Inc. raised its stake in Church & Dwight Co. by 21.7% in the fourth quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 12,110,396 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,027,930,000 after buying an additional 2,155,991 shares in the last quarter. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Church & Dwight Co. by 65.7% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 780,983 shares of the company’s stock worth $66,291,000 after buying an additional 309,534 shares in the last quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund raised its stake in Church & Dwight Co. by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 302,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $25,676,000 after buying an additional 2,300 shares in the last quarter. Alleghany Corp DE purchased a new stake in Church & Dwight Co. during the fourth quarter worth about $25,464,000. Finally, Andra AP fonden raised its stake in Church & Dwight Co. by 3.1% in the fourth quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 208,400 shares of the company’s stock worth $17,689,000 after buying an additional 6,200 shares in the last quarter.

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company operates in three segments: Consumer Domestic, which includes consumer products, as well as other household and personal care products; Consumer International, which markets a range of personal care products, household and over-the-counter products in international markets, and Specialty Products Division (SPD), a producer of sodium bicarbonate.

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