VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) Lowered to “Sell” at BidaskClub
VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Monday.
Several other equities research analysts have also issued reports on WOOF. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price target on shares of VCA in a research report on Friday, July 14th. Zacks Investment Research raised VCA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 29th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $87.67.
Shares of VCA (NASDAQ WOOF) traded up 0.13% during trading on Monday, hitting $92.57. 319,860 shares of the stock were exchanged. The company has a market cap of $7.52 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.47 and a beta of 1.01. The firm has a 50 day moving average of $92.44 and a 200-day moving average of $91.47. VCA has a 12-month low of $59.51 and a 12-month high of $92.87.
VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $678.25 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $679.92 million. VCA had a net margin of 8.13% and a return on equity of 15.61%. On average, analysts forecast that VCA will post $3.10 earnings per share for the current year.
A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. GHP Investment Advisors Inc. raised its stake in shares of VCA by 4.5% in the first quarter. GHP Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 12,300 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,125,000 after buying an additional 530 shares in the last quarter. Karp Capital Management Corp bought a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at $1,749,000. Westpac Banking Corp raised its stake in shares of VCA by 4.8% in the first quarter. Westpac Banking Corp now owns 100,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,804,000 after buying an additional 4,612 shares in the last quarter. Airain ltd bought a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at $40,017,000. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc raised its stake in shares of VCA by 75.3% in the first quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 66,453 shares of the company’s stock valued at $6,080,000 after buying an additional 28,537 shares in the last quarter. 73.95% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
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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