Brightworth acquired a new stake in Danaher Co. (NYSE:DHR) in the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm acquired 1,663 shares of the conglomerate’s stock, valued at approximately $220,000.
Other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently made changes to their positions in the company. Laurel Wealth Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Danaher during the 4th quarter worth about $27,000. CX Institutional lifted its stake in shares of Danaher by 188.7% during the 1st quarter. CX Institutional now owns 205 shares of the conglomerate’s stock worth $27,000 after buying an additional 134 shares during the last quarter. Hanson McClain Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Danaher by 852.9% during the 4th quarter. Hanson McClain Inc. now owns 324 shares of the conglomerate’s stock worth $33,000 after buying an additional 290 shares during the last quarter. Executive Wealth Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Danaher during the 4th quarter worth about $39,000. Finally, Ruggie Capital Group acquired a new stake in shares of Danaher during the 4th quarter worth about $40,000. 77.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.
Shares of Danaher stock opened at $130.93 on Monday. Danaher Co. has a twelve month low of $94.59 and a twelve month high of $134.50. The company has a quick ratio of 1.07, a current ratio of 2.18 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32. The stock has a market capitalization of $93.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 28.97, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.53 and a beta of 1.04.
The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, April 26th. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 29th were issued a $0.17 dividend. This is a positive change from Danaher’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.16. This represents a $0.68 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.52%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Thursday, March 28th. Danaher’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 15.04%.
In other Danaher news, Director Walter G. Lohr sold 10,578 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.85, for a total value of $1,341,819.30. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 20,691 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,624,653.35. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, Director Alan G. Spoon sold 1,913 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, April 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $129.52, for a total transaction of $247,771.76. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 86,863 shares in the company, valued at $11,250,495.76. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 185,063 shares of company stock worth $23,527,408. Insiders own 11.40% of the company’s stock.
A number of analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Danaher from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 23rd. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $141.00 price objective (up previously from $138.00) on shares of Danaher in a research note on Wednesday, April 17th. Jefferies Financial Group lifted their price objective on shares of Danaher to $140.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 26th. Deutsche Bank lifted their price objective on shares of Danaher to $130.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 26th. Finally, Janney Montgomery Scott lifted their price objective on shares of Danaher from $136.00 to $174.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. Danaher currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $131.75.
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Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. The company's Life Sciences segment provides mass spectrometers; cellular analysis, lab automation, and centrifugation instruments; microscopes; and genomics consumables.
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