Critical Comparison: Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) vs. Anthem, Inc. (ANTM)

Remigio Civitarese
Dicembre 8, 2017

Jefferies maintained the stock with "Buy" rating in Friday, May 26 report.

Montag A & Associates Inc decreased Express Scripts Holding Co.

Northcoast Asset Management Llc decreased its stake in Express Scripts Holding Compan (ESRX) by 13.87% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Montag A & Associates Inc sold 8,873 shares as Express Scripts Holding Co. The stock was sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total value of $36,489.14. Mengis Inc holds 0.18% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) for 4,100 shares. Express Scripts Holding Co (Call) now has $38.84B valuation. The stock decreased 1.11% or $0.76 during the last trading session, reaching $67.81. Shares of ESRX have uptrended 9.99% in the past three months, while the S&P 500 has moved 2.69% in that time. It has underperformed by 33.62% the S&P500. Six equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating, seven have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Therefore 33% are positive. Raymond James Financial restated an "underperform" rating on shares of Express Scripts in a report on Monday, October 9th. The company presently has an average rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $70.67. The company was maintained on Monday, October 2 by Needham. ValuEngine raised shares of Express Scripts from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. The rating was downgraded by Morgan Stanley on Monday, June 20 to "Underweight". The stock now has a consensus rating of "Hold" and an average target price of $70.67. Weatherly Asset Management LP owns 12,738 shares or 0.23% of their U.S. portfolio. ESRX's profit will be $1.17B for 8.32 P/E if the $2.06 EPS becomes a reality.

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. most recently reported earnings per share (EPS) of -$0.33 for the September 2017 versus $0.31 in the same quarter past year, representing -206% growth. Its down 0.05, from 0.98 in 2017Q1. It turned negative, as 113 investors sold ESRX shares while 436 reduced holdings. Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) maintained activity of 4.04 million shares that trade hands on average basis while its relative volume is 0.92. Life Investment Lc owns 756,524 shares.

More notable recent Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) news were published by: Zacks.com which released: "Express Scripts (ESRX) Looks Good: Stock Adds 5.8% in Session December 05, 2017" on December 05, 2017, also Nasdaq.com with their article: "Express Scripts Holding Reaches Analyst Target Price" published on December 05, 2017, Stltoday.com published: "Express Scripts to sell subsidiary to private-equity firm" on November 27, 2017. IHT Wealth Management LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Express Scripts by 8.1% in the 1st quarter. The Ohio-based Wealthtrust Fairport has invested 0.06% in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). As of this writing, Express Scripts Holding Company's RSI stands at 72.19. The stock of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX) earned "Buy" rating by Jefferies on Tuesday, August 29.

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. Archford Capital Strategies Ltd Liability accumulated 2,944 shares. About 3.74 million shares traded. Citigroup reported 0.01% stake. 235,884 are owned by Petrus Tru Commerce Lta. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 10,530 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $664,758.90.

Dumont & Blake Investment Advisors Llc increased Staples Inc (NASDAQ:SPLS) stake by 60,352 shares to 64,852 valued at $653,000 in 2017Q2. Bbva Compass Bank owns 11,649 shares. Seagate Technology Plc (NASDAQ:STX) was raised too. The other 6 are split, though not evenly, between analysts who think you should buy its stock versus those who think you should sell it. Therefore 27% are positive. To get a sense of "value" we must compare the current price to some measure of intrinsic value such as a price target. American Express Company had 85 analyst reports since July 23, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. On Tuesday, December 22 the stock rating was initiated by JMP Securities with "Market Perform". The rating was maintained by Maxim Group on Tuesday, July 18 with "Buy". The firm has "Market Perform" rating given on Wednesday, December 6 by Bernstein. On Thursday, January 21 the stock rating was downgraded by Morgan Stanley to "Equal-Weight". The rating was maintained by Credit Suisse with "Buy" on Thursday, June 1. Citigroup has "Buy" rating and GBX 325 target.

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