October 22, 2017

Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) Given Consensus Recommendation of "Hold" by Brokerages

13 October 2017, 12:31 | Hattie Nash

Aew Capital Management LP acquired 588,800 shares as American Homes 4 Rent Cl A (AMH)'s stock declined 3.44%. The Fisher Asset Management Llc holds 339,085 shares with $21.65 million value, down from 346,040 last quarter. Viacom Inc Non Vtg Cl B now has $10.25 billion valuation. Looking at volatility levels, the stock observed volatility of 2.73% in last week and saw volatility 1.96% over the past one month. Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) has risen 5.50% since October 12, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 10.17% the S&P500.

QS Investors LLC reduced its stake in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 6.7% during the 2nd quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX)'s institutional ownership stands at 91.20%. The Middleton & Co Inc holds 46,956 shares with $3.00M value, down from 78,896 last quarter.

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On a weekly basis, the stock is -0.10%. It has underperformed by 33.62% the S&P500.

It last reported revenues of $39.84 billion and EPS of $0.79 for the June 2017, representing -2% top-line growth and 0.72 EPS growth. Its down 0.07, from 0.63 in 2017Q1. 75 funds opened positions while 234 raised stakes. Finally, Toronto Dominion Bank raised its holdings in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 1.7% in the 1st quarter. More interesting news about Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) were released by: and their article: "Express Scripts buying eviCore for $3.6 billion" published on October 10, 2017 as well as's news article titled: "Express Scripts to Buy Medical Gatekeeper for $3.6 Billion" with publication date: October 10, 2017. South State invested in 173,848 shares.

Express Scripts Holding Company was covered by a number of analysts recently, 2 rated the stock as Buy, 5 rated Outperform, 9 rated Hold, 4 gave an Underperform and 0 rated sell. Gargoyle Advisor Limited stated it has 43,063 shares or 1.09% of all its holdings. Tekla Limited Liability Company has invested 0.2% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). Swiss National Bank & Trust, Switzerland-based fund reported 73,800 shares. Hancock Holding Co. grew its holdings in Express Scripts Holding by 9.9% in the 1st quarter. Cortland Associates Inc who had been investing in Express Scripts Hldg Co for a number of months, seems to be less bullish one the $33.33 billion market cap company. Baupost Group LLC MA bought a new stake in Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter valued at approximately $80,978,000. Needham & Company LLC initiated coverage on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a research note on Friday, July 21st.

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Express Scripts, Inc is a pharmacy benefit management (PBM) company in North America, offering a range of services to its clients, which include health insurers, third-party administrators, employers, union-sponsored benefit plans, workers' compensation plans and government health programs. Weatherly Asset Limited Partnership accumulated 12,738 shares. It also upped The Charles Schwab Corp (NYSE:SCHW) stake by 9,715 shares and now owns 66,676 shares. On average, equities analysts predict that Express Scripts Holding Company will post $6.99 EPS for the current fiscal year. They expect $1.90 earnings per share, up 9.20% or $0.16 from last year's $1.74 per share. TRIP's profit will be $30.53 million for 45.28 P/E if the $0.22 EPS becomes a reality. The company's quarterly EPS surprised Wall Street by as much as 1% to the upside in its last earnings announcement, so investors should note this tendency when assessing consensus estimates. Therefore 36% are positive.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on ESRX shares. Of the analysts surveyed by Reuters that track SLM Corporation 1 of them rate its stock a hold. 21,195 were reported by Centurylink Invest Management. As per Monday, July 24, the company rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets. The company was maintained on Tuesday, August 29 by Jefferies. The rating was maintained by Maxim Group with "Buy" on Tuesday, July 18. Therefore 31% are positive. Express Scripts had 37 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock has "Sector Perform" rating by RBC Capital Markets on Friday, November 13. Kandiah Gajakarnan Vibushanan also sold $62,841 worth of Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp (NASDAQ:CTSH) on Friday, April 28. The firm has "Overweight" rating given on Thursday, February 18 by Barclays Capital. The rating was downgraded by Morgan Stanley on Monday, June 20 to "Underweight". (NASDAQ:VIAB) rating on Tuesday, December 13. The firm has "Hold" rating by Keefe Bruyette & Woods given on Thursday, August 3.

Investors sentiment increased to 1.59 in Q2 2017. Its up 0.18, from 0.97 in 2017Q1. It improved, as 19 investors sold AMH shares while 64 reduced holdings. 238.83 million shares or 2.20% more from 233.70 million shares in 2017Q1 were reported. Frontier Invest Management Co accumulated 144,583 shares or 0.53% of the stock. About 1.90 million shares traded. Dupont Mngmt Corporation holds 70,104 shares. ESRX trades with a P/S ratio of 0.33. Jacobs Levy Equity Management Incorporated has invested 0.04% of its portfolio in American Homes 4 Rent (NYSE:AMH). (NYSE:T). Tnb Financial has invested 0.8% in AT&T Inc. State Of Wisconsin Inv Board holds 806,781 shares or 0.17% of its portfolio. Comerica National Bank & Trust holds 165,163 shares or 0.08% of its portfolio. Horan Cap Mngmt reported 15,165 shares. Also, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, August 23rd. Its mean Altman Z-Score: 3.16 during the last 7 years, while average Beneish M-Score: -2.73 during the last 7 years.

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