Shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nine brokerages that are currently covering the company. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12 month price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $79.50.
Several equities research analysts have commented on WOOF shares. Benchmark Co. started coverage on shares of VCA in a report on Monday, October 24th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $90.00 price target on the stock. Credit Suisse Group lowered shares of VCA from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and upped their price target for the company from $76.00 to $93.00 in a report on Wednesday, January 11th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of VCA from a “buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 1st. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “hold” rating and issued a $60.00 price target (down from $69.00) on shares of VCA in a report on Friday, October 28th. Finally, William Blair lowered shares of VCA from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, January 9th.
VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) opened at 90.77 on Friday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $77.48 and its 200-day moving average price is $70.06. VCA has a 12 month low of $44.85 and a 12 month high of $91.58. The stock has a market cap of $7.36 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.94 and a beta of 1.04.
Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in shares of VCA by 95.8% in the third quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 825,577 shares of the company’s stock worth $57,774,000 after buying an additional 403,894 shares during the period. FMR LLC increased its position in shares of VCA by 34.4% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,542,771 shares of the company’s stock worth $104,307,000 after buying an additional 394,955 shares during the period. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC increased its position in shares of VCA by 76.6% in the second quarter. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC now owns 869,601 shares of the company’s stock worth $58,794,000 after buying an additional 377,190 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley increased its position in shares of VCA by 141.6% in the third quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 583,602 shares of the company’s stock worth $40,841,000 after buying an additional 342,056 shares during the period. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of VCA during the fourth quarter worth $21,275,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 89.50% of the company’s stock.
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.