VCA’s (WOOF) Hold Rating Reaffirmed at Jefferies Group LLC

Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed their hold rating on shares of VCA Inc (NASDAQ:WOOF) in a research note issued to investors on Friday. Jefferies Group LLC currently has a $93.00 price objective on the stock.

Several other analysts have also issued reports on the company. Benchmark Co. lowered VCA from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, February 16th. CL King lowered VCA from a buy rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Thursday, January 26th. Zacks Investment Research lowered VCA from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 25th. William Blair lowered VCA from an outperform rating to a market perform rating in a research note on Monday, January 9th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG downgraded VCA from an outperform rating to a neutral rating and upped their target price for the company from $76.00 to $93.00 in a research report on Wednesday, January 11th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $84.67.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) traded up 0.038% during trading on Friday, hitting $91.505. The company had a trading volume of 1,320,543 shares. VCA has a one year low of $53.81 and a one year high of $91.64. The company has a market capitalization of $7.43 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.744 and a beta of 1.03. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $90.93 and a 200 day moving average of $75.09.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, February 9th. The company reported $0.58 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.60 by $0.02. The business earned $643.10 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $642.28 million. VCA had a net margin of 8.31% and a return on equity of 16.03%. VCA’s quarterly revenue was up 20.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.50 EPS. Equities analysts forecast that VCA will post $3.26 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of WOOF. Norges Bank purchased a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $39,039,000. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans increased its position in VCA by 2.4% in the fourth quarter. Thrivent Financial for Lutherans now owns 51,170 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,512,000 after buying an additional 1,200 shares during the last quarter. Cypress Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $223,000. Cigna Investments Inc. New purchased a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $204,000. Finally, Congress Asset Management Co. MA purchased a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $52,493,000. 86.95% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

VCA Company Profile

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company. The Company operates through five segments. Its Animal Hospital segment provides veterinary services for companion animals and sells related retail and pharmaceutical products. Its Laboratory segment provides diagnostic laboratory testing services for veterinarians, both associated with its animal hospitals and those independent of the Company.

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