Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 33.6% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 65,031 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 16,359 shares during the period. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can’s holdings in VCA were worth $6,001,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. Meeder Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at about $163,000. Advisory Services Network LLC acquired a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at about $177,000. RBF Capital LLC acquired a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at about $201,000. CNA Financial Corp acquired a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at about $238,000. Finally, HL Financial Services LLC acquired a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at about $244,000. 74.38% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 92.50 on Monday. VCA Inc. has a 1-year low of $59.51 and a 1-year high of $92.87. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.52 billion, a P/E ratio of 34.76 and a beta of 1.01. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $92.50 and its 200-day moving average price is $91.77.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.02. The company had revenue of $743.13 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $735.75 million. VCA had a return on equity of 15.54% and a net margin of 8.00%. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $0.87 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that VCA Inc. will post $3.20 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded VCA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 2nd. BidaskClub raised VCA from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, July 14th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $92.17.

VCA Company Profile

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

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