A.R.T. Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) during the fourth quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The institutional investor purchased 5,067 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $223,000.

A number of other hedge funds and other institutional investors have also bought and sold shares of the company. Scotia Capital Inc. increased its position in Church & Dwight Co. by 42.7% in the fourth quarter. Scotia Capital Inc. now owns 56,136 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,482,000 after buying an additional 16,793 shares during the last quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C increased its position in Church & Dwight Co. by 13.6% in the fourth quarter. Atlanta Capital Management Co. L L C now owns 3,542,496 shares of the company’s stock valued at $156,543,000 after buying an additional 423,944 shares during the last quarter. Menta Capital LLC acquired a new position in Church & Dwight Co. during the fourth quarter valued at $4,740,000. Marietta Wealth Management LLC acquired a new position in Church & Dwight Co. during the fourth quarter valued at $287,000. Finally, Pacad Investment Ltd. increased its position in Church & Dwight Co. by 51.5% in the fourth quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. now owns 25,343 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,120,000 after buying an additional 8,611 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 78.56% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD)

Shares of Church & Dwight Co., Inc. (NYSE:CHD) opened at 50.19 on Tuesday. The stock has a market capitalization of $12.78 billion, a PE ratio of 28.68 and a beta of 0.43. Church & Dwight Co., Inc. has a one year low of $42.56 and a one year high of $53.68. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $48.58 and its 200 day moving average price is $46.67.

Church & Dwight Co. (NYSE:CHD) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 7th. The company reported $0.44 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.42 by $0.02. Church & Dwight Co. had a return on equity of 23.11% and a net margin of 13.14%. The firm earned $896 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $889.23 million. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.82 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts predict that Church & Dwight Co., Inc. will post $1.90 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, March 1st. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 21st were paid a $0.19 dividend. This represents a $0.76 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.51%. This is a boost from Church & Dwight Co.’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.18. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, February 16th. Church & Dwight Co.’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 40.69%.

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Several research firms have weighed in on CHD. JPMorgan Chase & Co. began coverage on Church & Dwight Co. in a research note on Tuesday. They issued a “neutral” rating for the company. Barclays PLC set a $47.00 price target on Church & Dwight Co. and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 18th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Church & Dwight Co. from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 9th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $53.00 price target on Church & Dwight Co. and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, January 22nd. Finally, Vetr downgraded Church & Dwight Co. from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $46.83 price target for the company. in a research note on Monday, January 23rd. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $48.99.

In other news, Director Bradley C. Irwin sold 20,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $49.65, for a total value of $993,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 61,570 shares in the company, valued at $3,056,950.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, VP Paul A. Siracusa sold 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.02, for a total value of $1,250,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 26,279 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,314,475.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders sold 62,400 shares of company stock valued at $3,110,542. Company insiders own 2.17% of the company’s stock.

About Church & Dwight Co.

Church & Dwight Co, Inc develops, manufactures and markets a range of household, personal care and specialty products. The Company operates in three segments: Consumer Domestic, which includes consumer products, as well as other household and personal care products; Consumer International, which markets a range of personal care products, household and over-the-counter products in international markets, and Specialty Products Division (SPD), a producer of sodium bicarbonate.

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