Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI increased its position in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 5.4% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 87,245 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 4,462 shares during the quarter. Schaper Benz & Wise Investment Counsel Inc. WI’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $5,570,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. First Trust Advisors LP grew its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 25.3% during the 2nd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 708,955 shares of the company’s stock worth $45,260,000 after buying an additional 143,163 shares during the period. Hancock Holding Co. grew its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 9.9% during the 1st quarter. Hancock Holding Co. now owns 183,489 shares of the company’s stock worth $12,094,000 after buying an additional 16,536 shares during the period. Twin Capital Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 0.8% during the 1st quarter. Twin Capital Management Inc. now owns 46,560 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,069,000 after buying an additional 360 shares during the period. Van ECK Associates Corp grew its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 28.8% during the 1st quarter. Van ECK Associates Corp now owns 373,636 shares of the company’s stock worth $24,626,000 after buying an additional 83,568 shares during the period. Finally, Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. grew its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 6.9% during the 1st quarter. Wilkins Investment Counsel Inc. now owns 118,336 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,800,000 after buying an additional 7,630 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.71% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at 62.34 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $36.00 billion, a PE ratio of 10.82 and a beta of 0.88. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 1-year low of $57.80 and a 1-year high of $77.50. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $61.88 and a 200 day moving average price of $63.29.

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

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In other Express Scripts Holding news, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total value of $71,501.24. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 18,232 shares in the company, valued at $1,120,903.36. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, September 8th. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total value of $36,489.14. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 10,530 shares in the company, valued at approximately $664,758.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 5,641 shares of company stock worth $357,317. Corporate insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on ESRX. BidaskClub lowered Express Scripts Holding from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on Express Scripts Holding from $52.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock an “underweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Cowen and Company restated an “outperform” rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, June 9th. Needham & Company LLC began coverage on Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, July 21st. They set a “hold” rating for the company. Finally, ValuEngine lowered Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have issued a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $70.24.

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).

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

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