Russell Investments Group Ltd. purchased a new position in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) during the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm purchased 1,659,241 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $115,117,000.

Other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. BP PLC raised its position in Express Scripts Holding Company by 62.0% in the second quarter. BP PLC now owns 81,000 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,139,000 after buying an additional 31,000 shares during the last quarter. Enterprise Financial Services Corp raised its position in Express Scripts Holding Company by 0.9% in the second quarter. Enterprise Financial Services Corp now owns 5,991 shares of the company’s stock worth $454,000 after buying an additional 53 shares during the last quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. raised its position in Express Scripts Holding Company by 0.4% in the second quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 2,177,155 shares of the company’s stock worth $165,028,000 after buying an additional 8,030 shares during the last quarter. Greatmark Investment Partners Inc. raised its position in Express Scripts Holding Company by 0.3% in the second quarter. Greatmark Investment Partners Inc. now owns 87,455 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,629,000 after buying an additional 260 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Tarbox Group Inc. raised its position in Express Scripts Holding Company by 5.3% in the second quarter. Tarbox Group Inc. now owns 1,944 shares of the company’s stock worth $147,000 after buying an additional 98 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 85.36% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX)

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at 69.23 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $41.92 billion, a PE ratio of 12.84 and a beta of 0.92. Express Scripts Holding Company has a one year low of $64.46 and a one year high of $80.02. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $69.85 and its 200 day moving average is $71.80.

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 14th. The company reported $1.88 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.87 by $0.01. Express Scripts Holding Company had a return on equity of 24.99% and a net margin of 2.70%. The business had revenue of $24.90 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $26.31 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.56 EPS. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 5.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.94 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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ESRX has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding Company from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $79.00 price target for the company in a research report on Thursday, October 27th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $88.00 target price on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company in a report on Friday, October 28th. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reissued a “market perform” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company in a report on Wednesday, November 2nd. Deutsche Bank AG raised shares of Express Scripts Holding Company from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and boosted their target price for the stock from $69.00 to $70.00 in a report on Thursday, November 3rd. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reissued an “underperform” rating and issued a $59.00 target price on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company in a report on Thursday, December 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $78.31.

In related news, VP Everett Neville sold 1,123 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $69.41, for a total value of $77,947.43. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 12,712 shares in the company, valued at approximately $882,339.92. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. 0.54% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Express Scripts Holding Company Company Profile

Express Scripts, Inc is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, offering a range of services to its clients, which include health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers’ compensation plans and government health programs. It operates in two segments: PBM and Emerging Markets (EM).

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