Traders sold shares of Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) on strength during trading hours on Tuesday. $90.42 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $226.37 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $135.95 million out of the stock. Of all equities tracked, Procter & Gamble had the 10th highest net out-flow for the day. Procter & Gamble traded up $0.47 for the day and closed at $100.05

Several brokerages have recently weighed in on PG. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on Procter & Gamble in a report on Wednesday, March 6th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $100.00 price target on the stock. Macquarie set a $110.00 price target on Procter & Gamble and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 26th. Scotiabank reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Procter & Gamble in a report on Wednesday, January 30th. Barclays reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $94.00 price target on shares of Procter & Gamble in a report on Friday, January 25th. Finally, SunTrust Banks increased their price target on Procter & Gamble to $95.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, January 24th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Thirteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and ten have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Procter & Gamble currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $96.21.

The company has a market capitalization of $252.23 billion, a PE ratio of 24.01, a P/E/G ratio of 3.26 and a beta of 0.38. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 0.78 and a quick ratio of 0.61.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 23rd. The company reported $1.25 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.21 by $0.04. Procter & Gamble had a return on equity of 21.41% and a net margin of 16.13%. The company had revenue of $17.44 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $17.16 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $1.19 earnings per share. Procter & Gamble’s revenue was up .2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Procter & Gamble Co will post 4.46 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 15th. Investors of record on Friday, January 18th were paid a $0.7172 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, January 17th. This represents a $2.87 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.83%. Procter & Gamble’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 68.01%.

In related news, Chairman David S. Taylor sold 30,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $99.09, for a total value of $2,972,700.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now owns 223,849 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $22,181,197.41. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Gary A. Coombe sold 9,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, January 28th. The stock was sold at an average price of $93.90, for a total value of $845,100.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 18,517 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,738,746.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 2,270,496 shares of company stock worth $224,931,027. 1.84% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in PG. Front Row Advisors LLC boosted its position in shares of Procter & Gamble by 1.7% in the 4th quarter. Front Row Advisors LLC now owns 6,087 shares of the company’s stock worth $560,000 after purchasing an additional 102 shares in the last quarter. SP Asset Management boosted its position in shares of Procter & Gamble by 0.3% in the 4th quarter. SP Asset Management now owns 38,188 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,510,000 after purchasing an additional 103 shares in the last quarter. Bath Savings Trust Co boosted its position in shares of Procter & Gamble by 0.4% in the 4th quarter. Bath Savings Trust Co now owns 29,067 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,672,000 after purchasing an additional 110 shares in the last quarter. Mraz Amerine & Associates Inc. boosted its position in shares of Procter & Gamble by 2.6% in the 4th quarter. Mraz Amerine & Associates Inc. now owns 4,294 shares of the company’s stock worth $395,000 after purchasing an additional 110 shares in the last quarter. Finally, NewSquare Capital LLC boosted its position in shares of Procter & Gamble by 0.7% in the 4th quarter. NewSquare Capital LLC now owns 16,496 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,516,000 after purchasing an additional 115 shares in the last quarter. 60.74% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

The Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in five segments: Beauty; Grooming; health Care; fabric & Home Care; and Baby, Feminine & Family Care.

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