YHB Investment Advisors Inc. increased its position in shares of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) by 2.2% in the 4th quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 78,795 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 1,681 shares during the quarter. YHB Investment Advisors Inc.’s holdings in Church & Dwight were worth $5,182,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.
Several other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also recently bought and sold shares of CHD. Harvest Fund Management Co. Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Church & Dwight during the third quarter valued at $107,000. Girard Partners LTD. purchased a new stake in Church & Dwight during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $141,000. Global Trust Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Church & Dwight during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $142,000. Highwater Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in Church & Dwight during the 4th quarter worth approximately $154,000. Finally, Centaurus Financial Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Church & Dwight in the 2nd quarter valued at $164,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 82.38% of the company’s stock.
Shares of NYSE CHD traded up $0.11 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $67.14. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 103,831 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,771,168. The stock has a market capitalization of $16.21 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 34.61, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.61 and a beta of 0.32. The company has a quick ratio of 0.55, a current ratio of 0.93 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.77. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has a 1-year low of $44.87 and a 1-year high of $69.49.
Several analysts have recently commented on CHD shares. Atlantic Securities started coverage on shares of Church & Dwight in a report on Thursday, September 20th. They issued an “overweight” rating and a $70.00 price objective on the stock. Oppenheimer upped their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $60.00 to $66.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, September 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 3rd. Bank of America upped their price objective on shares of Church & Dwight from $55.00 to $58.00 and gave the company an “underperform” rating in a report on Thursday, October 4th. Finally, Deutsche Bank downgraded shares of Church & Dwight from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating and set a $51.00 price objective on the stock. in a report on Wednesday, October 10th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $60.76.
In other Church & Dwight news, CAO Steven J. Katz sold 16,780 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $64.97, for a total transaction of $1,090,196.60. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now owns 37,798 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,455,736.06. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, EVP Steven P. Cugine sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.39, for a total transaction of $965,850.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 43,948 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,829,811.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 379,660 shares of company stock valued at $25,161,897. 2.00% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
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About Church & Dwight
Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures, and markets household, personal care, and specialty products. The company operates through three segments: Consumer Domestic, Consumer International, and the Specialty Products Division. It offers baking soda, cat litter, carpet deodorization, and laundry detergent products under the ARM & HAMMER brand; condoms, lubricants, and vibrators TROJAN brand; stain removers, cleaning solutions, laundry detergents, dishwashing detergents, and bleach alternatives under the OXICLEAN brand; battery-operated and manual toothbrushes under the SPINBRUSH brand; home pregnancy and ovulation test kits under the FIRST RESPONSE brand; depilatories under the NAIR brand; oral analgesic products under the ORAJEL brand; laundry detergents under the XTRA brand; gummy dietary supplements under the L'IL CRITTERS and VITAFUSION brands; dry shampoos under the BATISTE brand; and water flossers and replacement showerheads under the WATERPIK brand.
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