First Financial Equity Corporation purchased a new position in shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) during the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund purchased 3,517 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $229,000.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the stock. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 53.1% in the first quarter. Dubuque Bank & Trust Co. now owns 1,753 shares of the company’s stock worth $116,000 after buying an additional 608 shares during the period. TrimTabs Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter worth approximately $121,000. Capital Analysts LLC boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 5.6% in the first quarter. Capital Analysts LLC now owns 1,877 shares of the company’s stock worth $124,000 after buying an additional 100 shares during the period. IHT Wealth Management LLC boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 8.1% in the first quarter. IHT Wealth Management LLC now owns 1,944 shares of the company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 145 shares during the period. Finally, Pinnacle Bank purchased a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter worth approximately $143,000. 90.20% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) traded up 0.86% on Friday, hitting $60.82. 2,898,864 shares of the stock were exchanged. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 12 month low of $57.80 and a 12 month high of $77.61. The stock has a market cap of $35.13 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.56 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a 50-day moving average of $62.73 and a 200-day moving average of $64.48.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.73 earnings per share 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 during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $25.52 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $1.57 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up .5% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.99 EPS for the current year.

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Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on ESRX shares. Edward Jones lowered shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 26th. Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $52.00 to $57.00 and gave the company an “underweight” rating in a report on Thursday. Jefferies Group LLC set a $88.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, April 20th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a report on Tuesday, April 25th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC started coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a report on Friday, July 21st. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Express Scripts Holding presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $71.17.

In other news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 1,100 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.08, for a total transaction of $66,088.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 11,108 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $667,368.64. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.68% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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

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