Investors sold shares of Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) on strength during trading hours on Thursday. $72.09 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $100.25 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $28.16 million out of the stock. Of all companies tracked, Procter & Gamble Co. had the 10th highest net out-flow for the day. Procter & Gamble Co. traded up $0.08 for the day and closed at $86.05

A number of equities research analysts have commented on PG shares. Vetr downgraded shares of Procter & Gamble Co. from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating and set a $68.89 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday, May 2nd. S&P Equity Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $85.00 target price on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Wednesday, April 27th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reaffirmed a “neutral” rating and issued a $88.00 target price (up previously from $81.00) on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Friday, July 15th. SunTrust Banks Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Sunday, May 22nd. Finally, Jefferies Group started coverage on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Wednesday, June 15th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $95.00 target price for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. Procter & Gamble Co. has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $86.30.

The company has a market capitalization of $236.46 billion and a PE ratio of 23.30. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $84.86 and its 200-day moving average is $82.41.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 2nd. The company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.74 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $16.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $15.83 billion. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.00 EPS. On average, analysts expect that Procter & Gamble Co. will post $3.90 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, August 15th. Stockholders of record on Friday, July 22nd will be paid a dividend of $0.6695 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, July 20th. This represents a $2.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.11%.

In related news, insider Patrice Louvet sold 8,385 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.60, for a total transaction of $667,446.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 52,838 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,205,904.80. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Gary A. Coombe sold 1,529 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, June 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.36, for a total transaction of $125,928.44. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 4,911 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $404,469.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Other hedge funds have made changes to their positions in the company. Holderness Investments Co. boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble Co. by 1.7% in the fourth quarter. Holderness Investments Co. now owns 12,723 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,010,000 after buying an additional 214 shares in the last quarter. GM Advisory Group Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Procter & Gamble Co. during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,042,000. Insight 2811 Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble Co. by 112.1% in the fourth quarter. Insight 2811 Inc. now owns 13,255 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,053,000 after buying an additional 7,005 shares in the last quarter. Brighton Jones LLC boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble Co. by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. Brighton Jones LLC now owns 14,519 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,153,000 after buying an additional 291 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Wellington Shields & Co. LLC boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble Co. by 9.5% in the fourth quarter. Wellington Shields & Co. LLC now owns 14,863 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,180,000 after buying an additional 1,288 shares in the last quarter.

The Procter & Gamble Company (P&G) provides consumer packaged goods. The Company operates in five segments under GBUs: Beauty, which offers a range of products ranging from deodorants to cosmetics to skin care; Grooming, which includes blades, razors and electronic hair removal devices, such as electric razors and epilators; Health Care, which includes oral care and personal health care products.; Fabric Care and Home Care, which consists of a range of fabric care products, home care products and batteries, and Baby Feminine and Family Care, which offers diapers, pants, baby wipe, Bounty paper, towel and Charmin toilet paper brands.

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