VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) COO Arthur J. Antin sold 34,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $69.03, for a total value of $2,347,020.00. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 89,691 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,191,369.73. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 69.65 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $5.63 billion, a P/E ratio of 24.85 and a beta of 1.30. VCA Inc. has a 12-month low of $44.00 and a 12-month high of $73.69. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $71.01 and a 200-day moving average price of $65.17.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.82 by $0.05. The business earned $653.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $637.18 million. VCA had a return on equity of 16.86% and a net margin of 9.93%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 19.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.70 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that VCA Inc. will post $2.93 earnings per share for the current year.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in WOOF. Acrospire Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter worth approximately $104,000. Walleye Trading LLC increased its stake in shares of VCA by 312.0% in the second quarter. Walleye Trading LLC now owns 2,052 shares of the company’s stock worth $139,000 after buying an additional 1,554 shares in the last quarter. Creative Planning increased its stake in shares of VCA by 43.5% in the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 2,554 shares of the company’s stock worth $173,000 after buying an additional 774 shares in the last quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. increased its stake in VCA by 58.1% in the second quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 3,004 shares of the company’s stock worth $203,000 after buying an additional 1,104 shares during the period. Finally, Wedbush Securities Inc. purchased a new stake in VCA during the second quarter worth about $208,000. 91.17% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

A number of equities research analysts have issued reports on WOOF shares. Jefferies Group started coverage on VCA in a research report on Wednesday, June 8th. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered VCA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 13th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $71.75.

About VCA

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company. The Company operates through five segments. Its Animal Hospital segment provides veterinary services for companion animals and sells related retail and pharmaceutical products. Its Laboratory segment provides diagnostic laboratory testing services for veterinarians, both associated with its animal hospitals and those independent of the Company.

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