Guardian Capital LP boosted its position in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 7.6% during the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 4,867 shares of the company’s stock after purchasing an additional 345 shares during the quarter. Guardian Capital LP’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $311,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other large investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Nordea Investment Management AB lifted its position in Express Scripts Holding by 1.4% in the 2nd quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 7,116,445 shares of the company’s stock valued at $454,314,000 after purchasing an additional 97,953 shares during the last quarter. First Trust Advisors LP lifted its position in Express Scripts Holding by 25.3% in the 2nd quarter. First Trust Advisors LP now owns 708,955 shares of the company’s stock valued at $45,260,000 after purchasing an additional 143,163 shares during the last quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC lifted its position in Express Scripts Holding by 81.8% in the 2nd quarter. Lazard Asset Management LLC now owns 112,666 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,192,000 after purchasing an additional 50,707 shares during the last quarter. Hancock Holding Co. lifted its position in Express Scripts Holding by 9.9% in the 1st quarter. Hancock Holding Co. now owns 183,489 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,094,000 after purchasing an additional 16,536 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Twin Capital Management Inc. lifted its position in Express Scripts Holding by 0.8% in the 1st quarter. Twin Capital Management Inc. now owns 46,560 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,069,000 after purchasing an additional 360 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 88.69% of the company’s stock.

In other Express Scripts Holding news, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated 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 directly owns 10,530 shares in the company, valued at approximately $664,758.90. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Woodrow A. Myers, Jr. sold 3,900 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.93, for a total transaction of $249,327.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 11,500 shares in the company, valued at $735,195. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 5,641 shares of company stock worth $357,317. Corporate insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

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Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) opened at 57.67 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $33.31 billion, a PE ratio of 10.01 and a beta of 0.88. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $61.96 and a 200 day moving average of $62.50. Express Scripts Holding Company has a 52 week low of $57.41 and a 52 week high of $77.50.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The company reported $1.73 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates 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 company had revenue of $25.35 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $25.52 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.57 EPS. The company’s revenue was up .5% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts anticipate that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.99 EPS for the current year.

ESRX has been the topic of several recent research reports. Jefferies Group LLC set a $72.00 price objective on shares of Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. UBS AG downgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday. Needham & Company LLC initiated coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Friday, July 21st. They issued a “hold” rating on the stock. Raymond James Financial, Inc. reiterated an “underperform” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Monday. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Express Scripts Holding from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. Six analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Express Scripts Holding currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $69.45.

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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