Kevin J. Mcnamara Sells 7,000 Shares of Chemed Co. (CHE) Stock

Chemed Co. (NYSE:CHE) insider Kevin J. Mcnamara sold 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, November 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $305.98, for a total value of $2,141,860.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 141,293 shares in the company, valued at $43,232,832.14. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

NYSE CHE opened at $313.69 on Wednesday. Chemed Co. has a 12 month low of $227.14 and a 12 month high of $335.99. The firm has a market capitalization of $4.94 billion, a PE ratio of 58.52, a P/E/G ratio of 2.69 and a beta of 1.23. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23, a quick ratio of 1.11 and a current ratio of 1.14.

Chemed (NYSE:CHE) last released its earnings results on Monday, October 29th. The company reported $3.07 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.80 by $0.27. Chemed had a return on equity of 35.13% and a net margin of 11.73%. The firm had revenue of $444.15 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $445.16 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $2.15 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 6.4% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that Chemed Co. will post 11.41 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, December 3rd. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 12th will be paid a $0.30 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 8th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.38%. Chemed’s dividend payout ratio is currently 22.39%.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Laurion Capital Management LP purchased a new stake in shares of Chemed in the second quarter worth $492,000. Marshall Wace LLP purchased a new stake in shares of Chemed during the second quarter valued at $1,433,000. Boston Partners boosted its position in shares of Chemed by 2.7% during the second quarter. Boston Partners now owns 160,271 shares of the company’s stock valued at $51,577,000 after buying an additional 4,186 shares during the last quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado boosted its position in shares of Chemed by 20.5% during the second quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 3,376 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,086,000 after buying an additional 575 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Mutual of America Capital Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Chemed by 68.1% during the second quarter. Mutual of America Capital Management LLC now owns 24,172 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,779,000 after buying an additional 9,790 shares during the last quarter. 90.39% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

CHE has been the topic of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Chemed from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $350.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, July 31st. Royal Bank of Canada increased their target price on Chemed to $321.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, July 30th. ValuEngine cut Chemed from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, August 2nd. Finally, Bank of America started coverage on Chemed in a research note on Friday, October 12th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $390.00 target price on the stock. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Chemed has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $334.00.

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Chemed Company Profile

Chemed Corporation provides hospice and palliative care services in the United States. It operates through two segments, VITAS and Roto-Rooter. The VITAS segment offers direct medical services, as well as spiritual and emotional counseling services to terminally ill patients. This segment offers its services to patients through a network of physicians, registered nurses, home health aides, social workers, clergy, and volunteers.

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