Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) had its target price increased by Oppenheimer from $66.00 to $73.00 in a research report issued on Thursday, The Fly reports. The brokerage presently has an “outperform” rating on the stock. Oppenheimer’s price objective would suggest a potential upside of 11.37% from the stock’s current price.

A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on CHD. Bank of America upped their price target on shares of Church & Dwight from $51.00 to $55.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a report on Monday, July 16th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on shares of Church & Dwight from $48.00 to $52.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, August 3rd. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Citigroup upped their price target on shares of Church & Dwight from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the company a “neutral” rating in a report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Deutsche Bank cut shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $51.00 price target for the company. in a report on Wednesday, October 10th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Church & Dwight presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $58.88.

CHD stock opened at $65.55 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 0.93 and a quick ratio of 0.55. Church & Dwight has a 52-week low of $43.96 and a 52-week high of $67.93. The stock has a market cap of $16.28 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.79, a PEG ratio of 2.87 and a beta of 0.31.

Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 1st. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.54 by $0.04. Church & Dwight had a net margin of 20.25% and a return on equity of 25.00%. The company had revenue of $1.04 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.02 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $0.49 earnings per share. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that Church & Dwight will post 2.28 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Director James Craigie sold 300,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $66.43, for a total transaction of $19,929,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 327,577 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $21,760,940.11. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Robert D. Leblanc sold 17,544 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.90, for a total transaction of $980,709.60. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 66,903 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,739,877.70. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 650,082 shares of company stock valued at $39,909,666 in the last ninety days. 2.00% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Bartlett & Co. LLC raised its position in Church & Dwight by 937.5% in the second quarter. Bartlett & Co. LLC now owns 1,992 shares of the company’s stock worth $106,000 after purchasing an additional 1,800 shares in the last quarter. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the third quarter worth about $107,000. Fort L.P. acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the second quarter worth about $129,000. Girard Partners LTD. acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the third quarter worth about $141,000. Finally, Global Trust Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Church & Dwight in the third quarter worth about $142,000. 85.19% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Church & Dwight Company Profile

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures, and markets household, personal care, and specialty products. The company operates through three segments: Consumer Domestic, Consumer International, and the Specialty Products Division. It offers baking soda, cat litter, carpet deodorization, and laundry detergent products under the ARM & HAMMER brand; condoms, lubricants, and vibrators TROJAN brand; stain removers, cleaning solutions, laundry detergents, dishwashing detergents, and bleach alternatives under the OXICLEAN brand; battery-operated and manual toothbrushes under the SPINBRUSH brand; home pregnancy and ovulation test kits under the FIRST RESPONSE brand; depilatories under the NAIR brand; oral analgesic products under the ORAJEL brand; laundry detergents under the XTRA brand; gummy dietary supplements under the L'IL CRITTERS and VITAFUSION brands; dry shampoos under the BATISTE brand; and water flossers and replacement showerheads under the WATERPIK brand.

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