Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) Under Analyst Spotlight

Lloyd Doyle
October 16, 2017

The institutional investor held 348,195 shares of the medical and nursing services company at the end of 2017Q2, valued at $22.23 million, down from 404,259 at the end of the previous reported quarter. The firm has a market cap of $33.00 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.92 and a beta of 0.88. The stock declined 0.28% or $0.16 reaching $56.98 per share. About 187,132 shares traded. It is down 9.67% since October 16, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 0.67% the S&P500. Wellington Shields And Ltd Limited Liability Company holds 104,826 shares. Carnegie Capital Asset Mgmt Limited reported 56,006 shares or 0.42% of all its holdings. The company has market cap of $150.16 million. The stock increased 0.85% or $0.39 on October 13, reaching $46.06. The volume of GERN witnessed a shift from 1.15 million shares, based on a 50-day average, to 1.04 million shares. Analysts are turning out to be more optimistic than before, with 7 of analysts who cover Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) advice adding it to buy candidate list. Burt Wealth Advisors lifted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 11.4% during the second quarter. The data from the past twelve months tells a similar story: insiders executed 25 buys and 41 sells, and ownership increased by a net of 13060 shares. On Friday, May 5 Montiel Maritza Gomez bought $141,048 worth of AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE:WM) for 3,417 shares. Schaffer Eldon W. II sold $2.15M worth of stock. Therefore 69% are positive. AptarGroup Inc had 28 analyst reports since September 10, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with "Outperform" on Thursday, July 30. The stock of AptarGroup, Inc. The rating was maintained by Benchmark on Wednesday, February 1 with "Buy". Also, VP Phyllis S. Anderson sold 578 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Friday, September 8th.

03/15/2017 - Express Scripts Holding Company was downgraded to "underperform" by analysts at Wells Fargo. The rating was upgraded by Vertical Research on Monday, October 31 to "Hold". Parkside Bank Trust stated it has 0.23% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). (NASDAQ:MANH) earned "Buy" rating by Benchmark on Wednesday, July 22. Cowen & Co maintained it with "Outperform" rating and $33 target in Wednesday, July 20 report. The rating was downgraded by Rosenblatt to "Neutral" on Monday, March 14.

Analysts await AptarGroup, Inc. (NASDAQ:MANH) to report earnings on October, 17. After having $0.21 EPS previously, Sierra Wireless, Inc. ATR's profit will be $50.16 million for 27.76 P/E if the $0.80 EPS becomes a reality. They are projecting Next Quarter growth of 9%. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 18,232 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $1,120,903.36.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.56 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.19, from 1.07 in 2017Q1. It dropped, as 113 investors sold ESRX shares while 436 reduced holdings.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Acadian Asset Mngmt Lc holds 0.01% in Goldfield Corp (NYSEAMERICAN:GV) or 547,738 shares. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total value of $36,489.14. First Citizens Fincl Bank And holds 0.04% or 4,644 shares. Acropolis Inv Mngmt Llc invested in 3,904 shares or 0.04% of the stock. De Burlo Group Inc reported 32,932 shares. Teacher Retirement Of Texas accumulated 5,660 shares. (NYSE:WM). Synovus Finance Corp reported 145,635 shares. 6,497 are held by Bridgewater Associates Ltd Partnership. Monetary Mgmt Grp Incorporated reported 0.14% stake. Moreover, Koch Industry has 0.14% invested in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). (NYSE:ATR) for 7,500 shares. 342.53 million shares or 5.81% more from 323.71 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Boston Family Office Limited Liability Company accumulated 115,073 shares or 1.18% of the stock. Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Mngmt Il invested in 0.16% or 15,781 shares.

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) has declined 16.92% since October 15, 2016 and is downtrending. The difference between the expected and actual EPS was $0.02/share, which represents an Earnings surprise of 1.2%.

The average 1-year price target for Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) - averaging the work of different analysts - reveals a mean PT of $68.87/share. Comerica Natl Bank holds 0.08% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) or 165,163 shares. Therefore 33% are positive. Mufg Americas Holdg holds 0.06% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 29,456 shares. Barclays Capital has "Overweight" rating and $85 target. The legal version of this piece of content can be accessed at According to these analysts, the Low Revenue Estimate for Express Scripts Holding Company is 25.3 Billion and the High Revenue Estimate is 26.07 Billion. (NASDAQ:STLD) on Thursday, January 12 to "Neutral" rating. As per Friday, August 7, the company rating was maintained by Northland Capital. The firm has "Hold" rating given on Thursday, September 7 by Jefferies. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Monday, October 19 by Lake Street. As per Thursday, August 10, the company rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley.

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