VCA Inc. (WOOF) Shares Bought by Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley raised its position in shares of VCA Inc. (NASDAQ:WOOF) by 535.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 1,546,462 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 1,302,982 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley owned about 1.88% of VCA worth $141,500,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in WOOF. Comerica Bank raised its stake in shares of VCA by 7.3% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 61,660 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,626,000 after buying an additional 4,216 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. bought a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at about $687,000. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS raised its position in VCA by 0.4% in the fourth quarter. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Public School Empls Retrmt SYS now owns 12,012 shares of the company’s stock valued at $825,000 after buying an additional 51 shares during the last quarter. Baird Financial Group Inc. bought a new position in VCA during the fourth quarter valued at about $1,195,000. Finally, Nicholas Investment Partners LP raised its position in VCA by 33.3% in the fourth quarter. Nicholas Investment Partners LP now owns 49,770 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,416,000 after buying an additional 12,426 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 73.93% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF)

VCA Inc. (NASDAQ WOOF) traded down 0.21% on Tuesday, hitting $92.41. The company had a trading volume of 291,982 shares. VCA Inc. has a one year low of $59.51 and a one year high of $92.87. The stock has a market capitalization of $7.51 billion, a PE ratio of 35.41 and a beta of 0.99. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $92.07 and a 200-day moving average of $87.05.

VCA (NASDAQ:WOOF) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.73 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.76 by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $678.25 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $679.92 million. VCA had a net margin of 8.13% and a return on equity of 15.61%. Equities analysts anticipate that VCA Inc. will post $3.10 EPS for the current year.

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WOOF has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. BidaskClub upgraded VCA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday. Zacks Investment Research upgraded VCA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Saturday, March 25th. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating and issued a $93.00 target price on shares of VCA in a research note on Friday, March 17th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $86.60.

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).

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