Fisher Asset Management LLC Raises Stake in VCA Inc. (WOOF)

Fisher Asset Management LLC raised its stake in VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 8.6% during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund owned 3,171 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 250 shares during the period. Fisher Asset Management LLC’s holdings in VCA were worth $293,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors have also made changes to their positions in the company. BlackRock Inc. raised its stake in shares of VCA by 2,848.0% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 6,340,883 shares of the company’s stock valued at $580,192,000 after buying an additional 6,125,792 shares during the period. Pentwater Capital Management LP bought a new stake in shares of VCA during the first quarter valued at about $214,110,000. Bank of America Corp DE raised its stake in shares of VCA by 267.3% in the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 2,624,862 shares of the company’s stock valued at $240,175,000 after buying an additional 1,910,155 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in shares of VCA by 535.1% in the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,546,462 shares of the company’s stock valued at $141,500,000 after buying an additional 1,302,982 shares during the period. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised its stake in shares of VCA by 227.7% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,206,693 shares of the company’s stock worth $110,412,000 after buying an additional 838,452 shares during the period. 74.38% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 92.50 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $92.50 and a 200-day moving average price of $91.77. The stock has a market cap of $7.52 billion, a PE ratio of 34.76 and a beta of 1.01. VCA Inc. has a 52 week low of $59.51 and a 52 week high of $92.87.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, July 26th. The company reported $0.96 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.94 by $0.02. VCA had a return on equity of 15.54% and a net margin of 8.00%. The company had revenue of $743.13 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $735.75 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.87 EPS. On average, analysts forecast that VCA Inc. will post $3.20 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of VCA from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of VCA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “hold” rating and set a $93.00 price objective on shares of VCA in a research report on Friday, July 14th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating, two have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $92.17.

About VCA

VCA Inc is an animal healthcare company operating in the United States and Canada. The Company operates through five segments: animal hospitals (Animal Hospital), veterinary diagnostic laboratories (Laboratory), veterinary medical technology (Medical Technology), Vetstreet and Camp Bow Wow Franchising, Inc (Camp Bow Wow).

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

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