Icon Advisers Inc. Co. bought a new position in shares of Steris Corp. (NYSE:STE) during the third quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The fund bought 22,400 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,637,000.

A number of other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in STE. Janus Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Steris Corp. by 28.7% in the second quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC now owns 5,022,412 shares of the company’s stock worth $345,288,000 after buying an additional 1,120,438 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in Steris Corp. by 10.3% in the third quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 3,271,198 shares of the company’s stock worth $239,125,000 after buying an additional 306,064 shares during the last quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP increased its stake in Steris Corp. by 2.2% in the second quarter. Westfield Capital Management Co. LP now owns 3,035,201 shares of the company’s stock worth $208,670,000 after buying an additional 64,702 shares during the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA increased its stake in Steris Corp. by 7.0% in the second quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 1,963,285 shares of the company’s stock worth $134,975,000 after buying an additional 128,956 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Fisher Asset Management LLC increased its stake in Steris Corp. by 1.0% in the third quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 1,639,312 shares of the company’s stock worth $119,834,000 after buying an additional 16,808 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.99% of the company’s stock.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Steris Corp. (NYSE:STE)

Steris Corp. (NYSE:STE) traded down 1.91% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $65.61. 450,284 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. Steris Corp. has a 52 week low of $61.38 and a 52 week high of $78.77. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $67.22 and its 200 day moving average price is $69.39. The stock has a market capitalization of $5.59 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 33.12 and a beta of 1.30.

Steris Corp. (NYSE:STE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.89 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.90 by $0.01. Steris Corp. had a net margin of 6.41% and a return on equity of 9.89%. The firm had revenue of $646.40 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $670.24 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.83 earnings per share. Steris Corp.’s quarterly revenue was up 31.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Steris Corp. will post $3.90 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, December 21st. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, November 23rd will be paid a dividend of $0.28 per share. This represents a $1.12 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.71%. The ex-dividend date is Monday, November 21st. Steris Corp.’s dividend payout ratio is presently 57.14%.

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STE has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. JMP Securities restated a “buy” rating on shares of Steris Corp. in a report on Friday, November 4th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Steris Corp. from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 3rd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. initiated coverage on shares of Steris Corp. in a research note on Wednesday. They set a “neutral” rating and a $71.00 price objective for the company.

In other news, VP John Adam Zangerle sold 2,200 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $67.00, for a total value of $147,400.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 26,166 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,753,122. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Richard Martin Steeves sold 204,778 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, September 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.19, for a total transaction of $14,578,145.82. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 165,434 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $11,777,246.46. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Company insiders own 2.52% of the company’s stock.

Steris Corp. Company Profile

STERIS Corporation (STERIS) is a provider of infection prevention and other procedural products and services. The Company is focused on healthcare, pharmaceutical and research. The Company operates through three business segments: Healthcare, Life Sciences and STERIS Isomedix Services. The Healthcare segment provides surgical, sterile processing, infection prevention and gastrointestinal solutions.

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