Traders purchased shares of Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) on weakness during trading hours on Thursday. $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 equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $88.00 target price (up previously from $81.00) on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Friday, July 15th. SunTrust Banks Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Sunday, May 22nd. Jefferies Group assumed coverage on Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Wednesday, June 15th. They set a “buy” rating and a $95.00 target price on the stock. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 target price on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Saturday, August 13th. Finally, B. Riley reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $74.00 target price on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $89.08.

The company has a market capitalization of $235.68 billion and a P/E ratio of 23.91. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $86.47 and a 200-day moving average price of $83.44.

Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 2nd. The company reported $0.79 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.05. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.00 EPS. The company had revenue of $16.10 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15.83 billion. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 2.7% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Procter & Gamble Co. will post $3.88 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, August 15th. Investors of record on Friday, July 22nd were paid a $0.6695 dividend. This represents a $2.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.03%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, July 20th.

In related news, insider Patrice Louvet sold 3,220 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.60, for a total value of $282,072.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 52,838 shares in the company, valued at $4,628,608.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO David S. Taylor sold 72,525 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $85.76, for a total value of $6,219,744.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 136,933 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,743,374.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

Several hedge funds and institutional investors have added to or reduced their stakes in PG. Holderness Investments Co. boosted its position in 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 during the period. Wellington Shields & Co. LLC boosted 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 period. Madison Investment Holdings Inc. boosted its position in Procter & Gamble Co. by 14.8% in the fourth quarter. Madison Investment Holdings Inc. now owns 198,128 shares of the company’s stock valued at $15,733,000 after buying an additional 25,488 shares during the period. Advantus Capital Management Inc boosted its position in Procter & Gamble Co. by 2.1% in the fourth quarter. Advantus Capital Management Inc now owns 260,146 shares of the company’s stock valued at $20,658,000 after buying an additional 5,467 shares during the period. Finally, Foresters Investment Management Company Inc. boosted its position in Procter & Gamble Co. by 2.8% in the fourth quarter. Foresters Investment Management Company Inc. now owns 261,100 shares of the company’s stock valued at $20,734,000 after buying an additional 7,200 shares during the period.

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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