Church & Dwight (NYSE:CHD)‘s stock had its “underperform” rating reaffirmed by equities researchers at Bank of America in a report released on Thursday. They currently have a $66.00 price objective on the stock, up from their previous price objective of $58.00.

A number of other brokerages also recently issued reports on CHD. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on Church & Dwight from $50.00 to $55.00 and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, November 5th. Barclays set a $54.00 target price on Church & Dwight and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, November 3rd. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their target price on Church & Dwight from $58.00 to $63.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Citigroup lifted their target price on Church & Dwight from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, November 2nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $74.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Monday, November 12th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $60.59.

NYSE CHD traded down $0.60 during trading on Thursday, reaching $66.00. 20,175 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,953,550. The company has a market capitalization of $16.40 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.22, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.89 and a beta of 0.34. 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 1 year low of $44.87 and a 1 year high of $67.93.

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

In related news, Director James Craigie sold 300,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.43, for a total value of $19,929,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 327,577 shares in the company, valued at approximately $21,760,940.11. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.39, for a total value of $965,850.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 43,948 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,829,811.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 346,780 shares of company stock worth $22,971,597 in the last 90 days. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Church & Dwight by 0.7% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 27,786,142 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,649,662,000 after acquiring an additional 185,775 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in Church & Dwight by 2.4% during the 3rd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 19,158,432 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,137,435,000 after purchasing an additional 445,109 shares during the period. Capital International Investors increased its position in Church & Dwight by 15.5% during the 3rd quarter. Capital International Investors now owns 8,152,500 shares of the company’s stock worth $484,014,000 after purchasing an additional 1,094,100 shares during the period. OppenheimerFunds Inc. increased its position in Church & Dwight by 80,441.5% during the 2nd quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 5,905,303 shares of the company’s stock worth $313,926,000 after purchasing an additional 5,897,971 shares during the period. Finally, Bessemer Group Inc. increased its position in Church & Dwight by 0.6% during the 3rd quarter. Bessemer Group Inc. now owns 4,921,098 shares of the company’s stock worth $292,167,000 after purchasing an additional 28,930 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 82.79% of the company’s stock.

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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