North Star Asset Management Inc. Has $4.57 Million Position in Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX)

North Star Asset Management Inc. reduced its holdings in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) by 2.5% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 69,258 shares of the company’s stock after selling 1,745 shares during the quarter. North Star Asset Management Inc.’s holdings in Express Scripts Holding were worth $4,565,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

Other hedge funds have also modified their holdings of the company. Waldron LP acquired a new stake in Express Scripts Holding in the first quarter valued at approximately $206,000. 1st Global Advisors Inc. boosted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 22.9% during the first quarter. 1st Global Advisors Inc. now owns 9,963 shares of the company’s stock valued at $657,000 after buying an additional 1,855 shares during the last quarter. Shufro Rose & Co. LLC boosted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 43.1% during the first quarter. Shufro Rose & Co. LLC now owns 22,374 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,475,000 after buying an additional 6,741 shares during the last quarter. Hancock Holding Co. boosted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 9.9% during the first quarter. Hancock Holding Co. now owns 183,489 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,094,000 after buying an additional 16,536 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Pacer Advisors Inc. boosted its position in shares of Express Scripts Holding by 13.3% during the first quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 25,459 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,678,000 after buying an additional 2,985 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 90.30% of the company’s stock.

ESRX has been the topic of several analyst reports. Jefferies Group LLC set a $72.00 target price on Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 29th. Mizuho set a $67.00 target price on Express Scripts Holding and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 24th. Royal Bank of Canada assumed coverage on Express Scripts Holding in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $68.00 price objective on the stock. UBS AG cut Express Scripts Holding from a “market perform” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 9th. Finally, BidaskClub cut Express Scripts Holding from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating, six have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $69.53.

In other news, CEO Timothy C. Wentworth bought 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was purchased at an average price of $61.13 per share, with a total value of $489,040.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 98,628 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,029,129.64. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, VP Everett Neville sold 1,163 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, August 23rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $61.48, for a total value of $71,501.24. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 18,232 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,120,903.36. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 6,284 shares of company stock valued at $397,421 in the last three months. Corporate insiders own 0.68% of the company’s stock.

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Shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ ESRX) opened at $60.05 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $34,407.16, a PE ratio of 8.88, a P/E/G ratio of 0.90 and a beta of 0.88. Express Scripts Holding Company has a fifty-two week low of $55.80 and a fifty-two week high of $77.50. The company has a current ratio of 0.73, a quick ratio of 0.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.86.

Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.90 EPS for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.90. Express Scripts Holding had a return on equity of 25.46% and a net margin of 3.64%. The business had revenue of $24.68 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.68 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted $1.74 EPS. Express Scripts Holding’s quarterly revenue was down 2.9% compared to the same quarter last year. equities analysts predict that Express Scripts Holding Company will post 7.01 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Express Scripts Holding Profile

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. It operates in two segments: PBM and Emerging Markets (EM).

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ:ESRX)

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