Express Scripts Holding’s (ESRX) “Buy” Rating Reaffirmed at Jefferies Group LLC

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX)‘s stock had its “buy” rating restated by equities research analysts at Jefferies Group LLC in a research report issued on Thursday, October 26th. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Express Scripts Holding’s Q4 2017 earnings at $2.06 EPS, FY2017 earnings at $7.02 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $7.60 EPS.

A number of other research analysts have also recently commented on the company. ValuEngine cut Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Robert W. Baird restated a “hold” rating and set a $56.00 price target on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Friday, September 1st. Raymond James Financial, Inc. restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Monday, October 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut Express Scripts Holding from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC started coverage on Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Friday, July 21st. They set a “hold” rating on the stock. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Express Scripts Holding presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $69.53.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) opened at $60.25 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a current ratio of 0.73. Express Scripts Holding has a 52 week low of $55.80 and a 52 week high of $77.50. The company has a market capitalization of $34,480.79, a price-to-earnings ratio of 8.90, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 0.88.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.90 EPS for the quarter, hitting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.90. Express Scripts Holding had a return on equity of 25.46% and a net margin of 3.64%. The company had revenue of $24.68 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $25.68 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.74 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was down 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts predict that Express Scripts Holding will post 7.01 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total transaction of $71,501.24. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 18,232 shares in the company, valued at $1,120,903.36. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, CEO Timothy C. Wentworth bought 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were acquired at an average price of $61.13 per share, with a total value of $489,040.00. Following the purchase, the chief executive officer now directly owns 98,628 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,029,129.64. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 6,284 shares of company stock worth $397,421. Corporate insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in ESRX. Dodge & Cox boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 25.7% during the second quarter. Dodge & Cox now owns 36,188,517 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,310,275,000 after buying an additional 7,388,021 shares during the period. Pzena Investment Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding during the second quarter worth about $181,234,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 9,353.3% during the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 1,308,239 shares of the company’s stock worth $86,226,000 after buying an additional 1,294,400 shares during the period. Baupost Group LLC MA acquired a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter worth about $80,978,000. Finally, Northern Trust Corp boosted its stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 12.2% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 11,068,777 shares of the company’s stock worth $706,629,000 after buying an additional 1,206,980 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.44% of the company’s stock.

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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