Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. Invests $259,000 in Chemed Co. (CHE) Stock

Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Chemed Co. (NYSE:CHE) during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund purchased 1,280 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $259,000.

A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in Chemed by 1.9% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,830,711 shares of the company’s stock worth $374,435,000 after buying an additional 34,938 shares during the period. State Street Corp increased its position in Chemed by 1.8% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 453,605 shares of the company’s stock worth $92,782,000 after buying an additional 8,238 shares during the period. Voya Investment Management LLC increased its position in Chemed by 39.7% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 214,764 shares of the company’s stock worth $43,926,000 after buying an additional 61,056 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans increased its position in Chemed by 0.3% during the second quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 171,350 shares of the company’s stock worth $35,046,000 after buying an additional 490 shares during the period. Finally, Principal Financial Group Inc. increased its position in Chemed by 0.8% during the second quarter. Principal Financial Group Inc. now owns 133,232 shares of the company’s stock worth $27,250,000 after buying an additional 995 shares during the period. 97.75% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Chemed Co. (NYSE CHE) opened at $238.65 on Friday. Chemed Co. has a 12 month low of $151.23 and a 12 month high of $251.00. The firm has a market capitalization of $3,810.29, a P/E ratio of 29.39, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 5.05 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a quick ratio of 0.48, a current ratio of 0.50 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.15.

Chemed (NYSE:CHE) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $2.15 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $2.00 by $0.15. Chemed had a return on equity of 27.69% and a net margin of 4.62%. The company had revenue of $417.40 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $414.34 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $1.73 EPS. The company’s revenue was up 6.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts predict that Chemed Co. will post 4.73 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Monday, December 4th. Shareholders of record on Monday, November 13th were paid a $0.28 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Friday, November 10th. This represents a $1.12 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.47%. Chemed’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 24.89%.

In related news, VP Naomi C. Dallob sold 750 shares of Chemed stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $222.09, for a total value of $166,567.50. Following the sale, the vice president now directly owns 9,097 shares in the company, valued at $2,020,352.73. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, Director Patrick P. Grace sold 500 shares of Chemed stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $201.48, for a total value of $100,740.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 4,515 shares in the company, valued at $909,682.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 46,179 shares of company stock worth $10,729,699 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 4.90% of the company’s stock.

Several research analysts have weighed in on CHE shares. National Bank Financial upgraded Chemed from a “sector perform market weight” rating to an “outperform market weight” rating in a research note on Sunday, August 13th. Royal Bank Of Canada reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $209.00 target price on shares of Chemed in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Chemed from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. ValuEngine downgraded Chemed from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, December 1st. Finally, KeyCorp started coverage on Chemed in a research note on Monday, August 28th. They issued a “sector weight” rating on the stock. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Chemed currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $236.00.

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Chemed Profile

Chemed Corporation purchases, operates and divests subsidiaries engaged in various business activities. The Company operates through two segments: the VITAS segment (VITAS) and the Roto-Rooter segment (Roto-Rooter). The Company’s VITAS provides hospice and palliative care services to its patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy and volunteers.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Chemed (NYSE:CHE)

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