Moon Capital Management LLC lowered its position in shares of VCA Inc (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 27.4% during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 5,819 shares of the company’s stock after selling 2,193 shares during the period. VCA comprises 0.6% of Moon Capital Management LLC’s investment portfolio, making the stock its 27th largest position. Moon Capital Management LLC’s holdings in VCA were worth $532,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

Other large investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in VCA by 910.4% in the third quarter. Nisa Investment Advisors LLC now owns 1,657 shares of the company’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 1,493 shares in the last quarter. First Interstate Bank boosted its stake in VCA by 91.7% in the fourth quarter. First Interstate Bank now owns 2,300 shares of the company’s stock worth $158,000 after buying an additional 1,100 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank boosted its stake in VCA by 13.5% in the third quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,606 shares of the company’s stock worth $182,000 after buying an additional 309 shares in the last quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. acquired a new stake in VCA during the third quarter worth approximately $194,000. Finally, Cigna Investments Inc. New acquired a new stake in VCA during the fourth quarter worth approximately $204,000. 86.95% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

VCA Inc (NASDAQ:WOOF) traded down 0.05% during midday trading on Tuesday, reaching $91.50. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 630,659 shares. The stock has a market cap of $7.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.74 and a beta of 1.03. VCA Inc has a one year low of $59.39 and a one year high of $91.96. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $91.38 and its 200-day moving average price is $78.39.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 9th. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.02. VCA had a net margin of 8.31% and a return on equity of 16.03%. The firm earned $643.10 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $642.28 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $0.50 earnings per share. VCA’s revenue was up 20.5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts forecast that VCA Inc will post $3.27 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of research firms have commented on WOOF. William Blair cut VCA from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, January 9th. Credit Suisse Group AG cut VCA from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and raised their price target for the company from $76.00 to $93.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 11th. Benchmark Co. cut VCA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, February 16th. Zacks Investment Research raised VCA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 28th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price target on shares of VCA in a report on Friday, March 17th. Seven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $84.67.

About VCA

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through five segments: animal hospitals (Animal Hospital), veterinary diagnostic laboratories (Laboratory), veterinary medical technology (Medical Technology), Vetstreet and Camp Bow Wow Franchising, Inc (Camp Bow Wow).

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