Energizer Holdings Inc. (NYSE:ENR) shares were down 1.7% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as low as $50.38 and last traded at $50.39, with a volume of 327,089 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $51.24.

A number of research analysts have recently commented on ENR shares. Citigroup Inc. lifted their price objective on shares of Energizer Holdings from $52.00 to $54.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 14th. Jefferies Group decreased their price objective on shares of Energizer Holdings from $50.00 to $48.00 and set a “hold” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 7th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. downgraded shares of Energizer Holdings from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $50.00 to $52.00 in a research report on Tuesday, July 12th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Energizer Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $57.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, June 28th. Finally, TheStreet started coverage on shares of Energizer Holdings in a research report on Thursday, July 14th. They issued a “sell” rating for the company. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $52.17.

The company has a 50 day moving average of $50.27 and a 200 day moving average of $44.20. The company has a market capitalization of $3.13 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 24.27.

Energizer Holdings (NYSE:ENR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 3rd. The company reported $0.32 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.30 by $0.02. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.64 EPS. The business had revenue of $361 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $356.69 million. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 3.6% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that Energizer Holdings Inc. will post $2.27 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 9th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 19th will be issued a $0.25 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 17th. This represents a $1.00 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.98%.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in ENR. Comerica Bank increased its stake in shares of Energizer Holdings by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 43,930 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,404,000 after buying an additional 453 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in shares of Energizer Holdings by 149.0% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 317,838 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,826,000 after buying an additional 190,217 shares in the last quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Energizer Holdings by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 198,845 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,772,000 after buying an additional 5,474 shares in the last quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. increased its stake in shares of Energizer Holdings by 3.5% in the fourth quarter. Suntrust Banks Inc. now owns 98,378 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,350,000 after buying an additional 3,300 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Marshall Wace LLP purchased a new stake in shares of Energizer Holdings during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $1,058,000.

Energizer Holdings, Inc, formerly Energizer SpinCo, Inc, manufactures and markets batteries and portable lighting products. The Company is focused on household products business. The Company’s brands include Energizer and Eveready. In addition to the Energizer and Eveready brands, the Company also markets its flashlights under the Hard Case, Dolphin, and Weather Ready sub-brands.

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