Investors bought shares of Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) on weakness during trading on Wednesday. $280.66 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $102.91 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $177.75 million into the stock. Of all companies tracked, Procter & Gamble Co. had the 5th highest net in-flow for the day. Procter & Gamble Co. traded down ($0.23) for the day and closed at $87.31

Several analysts have recently commented on PG shares. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. restated a “neutral” rating and set a $88.00 price objective (up from $81.00) on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Friday, July 15th. SunTrust Banks Inc. restated a “buy” rating on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Sunday, May 22nd. Jefferies Group started coverage on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Wednesday, June 15th. They set a “buy” rating and a $95.00 price objective on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG restated a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price objective on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Saturday, August 13th. Finally, B. Riley restated a “neutral” rating and set a $74.00 price objective on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research report on Wednesday, August 3rd. Ten analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $89.08.

The company has a 50-day moving average price of $86.40 and a 200-day moving average price of $83.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $233.01 billion and a PE ratio of 23.64.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 2nd. The company reported $0.79 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.05. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.00 earnings per share. The firm had revenue of $16.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $15.83 billion. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Procter & Gamble Co. will post $3.88 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, August 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 22nd were issued a dividend of $0.6695 per share. This represents a $2.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.07%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 20th.

In other Procter & Gamble Co. news, SVP Valarie L. Sheppard sold 32,532 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, August 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $86.90, for a total transaction of $2,827,030.80. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 28,397 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,467,699.30. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Gary A. Coombe sold 1,529 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, June 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.36, for a total transaction of $125,928.44. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 4,911 shares in the company, valued at $404,469.96. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of institutional investors recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Guyasuta Investment Advisors Inc. increased its position in Procter & Gamble Co. by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Guyasuta Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 77,463 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,151,000 after buying an additional 430 shares during the last quarter. CG Asset Management LLC bought a new position in Procter & Gamble Co. during the fourth quarter valued at about $2,161,000. Bank of Hawaii increased its position in Procter & Gamble Co. by 2.0% in the fourth quarter. Bank of Hawaii now owns 152,270 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,092,000 after buying an additional 2,961 shares during the last quarter. Clarkston Capital Partners LLC increased its position in Procter & Gamble Co. by 0.8% in the fourth quarter. Clarkston Capital Partners LLC now owns 508,257 shares of the company’s stock valued at $40,361,000 after buying an additional 4,275 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Wellington Shields & Co. LLC increased its position in 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 during 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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