Edgewell Personal Care Co (EPC) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts
Shares of Edgewell Personal Care Co (NYSE:EPC) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the twelve ratings firms that are covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and four have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $85.25.
Several research firms have recently commented on EPC. Citigroup Inc. lowered their price target on Edgewell Personal Care from $91.00 to $86.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Wednesday, May 31st. TheStreet lowered Edgewell Personal Care from a “b-” rating to a “c+” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 12th. BidaskClub upgraded Edgewell Personal Care from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 target price on shares of Edgewell Personal Care in a report on Sunday, July 16th. Finally, Societe Generale upgraded Edgewell Personal Care from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and lifted their target price for the company from $83.00 to $90.00 in a report on Thursday, June 22nd.
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A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in EPC. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 7,004.8% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,145,412 shares of the company’s stock worth $668,896,000 after buying an additional 9,016,691 shares during the period. Credit Suisse AG increased its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 149.2% in the first quarter. Credit Suisse AG now owns 4,072,492 shares of the company’s stock worth $297,861,000 after buying an additional 2,438,114 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 929.8% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,094,636 shares of the company’s stock worth $83,214,000 after buying an additional 988,336 shares during the period. First Trust Advisors LP acquired a new stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care during the first quarter worth about $17,483,000. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its stake in shares of Edgewell Personal Care by 8.5% in the second quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 3,057,051 shares of the company’s stock worth $232,397,000 after buying an additional 238,452 shares during the period. 93.23% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
Shares of Edgewell Personal Care (EPC) traded down 0.61% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $74.55. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 24,025 shares. The firm has a market cap of $4.25 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.99 and a beta of 0.95. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $73.52 and a 200 day moving average of $74.21. Edgewell Personal Care has a 12-month low of $69.63 and a 12-month high of $84.45.
Edgewell Personal Care (NYSE:EPC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported $1.11 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.31. Edgewell Personal Care had a return on equity of 11.70% and a net margin of 8.61%. The business had revenue of $637.50 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $648.13 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.66 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 1.2% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts predict that Edgewell Personal Care will post $3.97 EPS for the current fiscal year.
About Edgewell Personal Care
Edgewell Personal Care Company is a manufacturer and marketer of personal care products in the wet shave, sun and skin care, feminine care and infant care categories. As of September 30, 2016, the Company had a portfolio of over 25 brands. It manages its business in four segments: Wet Shave, Sun and Skin Care, Feminine Care and All Other.
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