Investors purchased shares of Procter & Gamble Co. (NYSE:PG) on weakness during trading 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 equities 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 weighed in on PG shares. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 target price on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Thursday, June 23rd. Stifel Nicolaus set a $93.00 price objective on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Procter & Gamble Co. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 26th. Deutsche Bank AG reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $92.00 price objective (up from $85.00) on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Sunday, July 24th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $88.00 price objective (up from $81.00) on shares of Procter & Gamble Co. in a research note on Friday, July 15th. Ten equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fifteen have issued a buy rating to the company. Procter & Gamble Co. currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $89.08.

The stock has a market capitalization of $235.38 billion and a PE ratio of 23.88. The company has a 50-day moving average of $86.53 and a 200-day moving average of $83.47.

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

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, August 15th. Investors of record on Friday, July 22nd were issued a $0.6695 dividend. This represents a $2.68 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 3.04%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, July 20th.

In other Procter & Gamble Co. news, SVP Valarie L. Sheppard sold 32,532 shares of the stock in a transaction dated 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 completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 28,397 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,467,699.30. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Jeffrey K. Schomburger sold 2,603 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $87.16, for a total transaction of $226,877.48. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 33,188 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,892,666.08. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A number of hedge funds and institutional investors recently made changes to their positions in the company. Wellington Shields & Co. LLC raised its position 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 during the period. Madison Investment Holdings Inc. raised its position in shares of 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 raised its position in shares of 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. Foresters Investment Management Company Inc. raised its position in shares of 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. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Procter & Gamble Co. by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 335,044 shares of the company’s stock valued at $26,606,000 after buying an additional 880 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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