Carroll Financial Associates Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 1.0% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 3,186 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 30 shares during the period. Carroll Financial Associates Inc.’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $203,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in ESRX. Regentatlantic Capital LLC increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 9.8% in the second quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC now owns 44,542 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,844,000 after buying an additional 3,991 shares during the period. PGGM Investments increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 119.3% in the second quarter. PGGM Investments now owns 925,980 shares of the company’s stock valued at $59,115,000 after buying an additional 503,720 shares during the period. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft MBH increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 53.4% in the second quarter. Meag Munich Ergo Kapitalanlagegesellschaft MBH now owns 188,354 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,011,000 after buying an additional 65,586 shares during the period. Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 239.4% in the second quarter. Quantitative Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 24,925 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,592,000 after buying an additional 17,582 shares during the period. Finally, Bridges Investment Counsel Inc. increased its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 63.6% in the second quarter. Bridges Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 26,586 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,697,000 after buying an additional 10,335 shares during the period. 90.20% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ ESRX) traded up 1.00% during trading on Friday, reaching $60.90. 1,474,150 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The firm has a market cap of $35.17 billion, a PE ratio of 10.57 and a beta of 0.90. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 12 month low of $57.80 and a 12 month high of $77.61. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $62.85 and a 200-day moving average price of $64.55.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.71 by $0.02. Express Scripts Holding had a net margin of 3.50% and a return on equity of 25.58%. The firm had revenue of $25.35 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.52 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $1.57 EPS. The company’s revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts forecast that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.99 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several brokerages have issued reports on ESRX. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $52.00 to $57.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a research note on Thursday. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Needham & Company LLC began coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Friday, July 21st. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Cowen and Company reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Friday, June 9th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $71.17.

In other Express Scripts Holding news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 1,100 shares of Express Scripts Holding stock in a transaction on Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.08, for a total value of $66,088.00. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 11,108 shares in the company, valued at approximately $667,368.64. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. 0.68% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

About Express Scripts Holding

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

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