Royal Bank Of Canada initiated coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) in a report published on Tuesday morning. The brokerage issued a sector perform rating and a $68.00 target price on the stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine lowered shares of Express Scripts Holding from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Robert W. Baird reiterated a hold rating and issued a $56.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Jefferies Group LLC set a $72.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding from $52.00 to $57.00 and gave the stock an underweight rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Express Scripts Holding from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating, five have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $70.09.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at 61.00 on Tuesday. The company has a market capitalization of $35.23 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.59 and a beta of 0.88. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $61.81 and a 200 day moving average of $62.96. Express Scripts Holding has a one year low of $57.80 and a one year high of $77.50.

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

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In other Express Scripts Holding news, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total transaction of $71,501.24. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 18,232 shares in the company, valued at $1,120,903.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total transaction of $36,489.14. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 10,530 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $664,758.90. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 5,641 shares of company stock valued at $357,317 in the last quarter. 0.68% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Park National Corp OH lifted its position in Express Scripts Holding by 0.3% during the second quarter. Park National Corp OH now owns 3,575 shares of the company’s stock valued at $228,000 after purchasing an additional 11 shares during the last quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 0.3% in the second quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 8,634 shares of the company’s stock valued at $551,000 after acquiring an additional 23 shares during the period. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.0% in the second quarter. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. now owns 3,186 shares of the company’s stock valued at $203,000 after acquiring an additional 30 shares during the period. CAPROCK Group Inc. raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 0.9% in the second quarter. CAPROCK Group Inc. now owns 3,675 shares of the company’s stock valued at $235,000 after acquiring an additional 33 shares during the period. Finally, Sandy Spring Bank raised its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 0.6% in the second quarter. Sandy Spring Bank now owns 6,464 shares of the company’s stock valued at $413,000 after acquiring an additional 37 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.69% of the company’s stock.

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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