Express Scripts Holding Company (ESRX) Stock Is At Yearly Low Now

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Anthem, which owns a variety of Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance firms, said on Wednesday that it will be launching its own pharmacy benefits manager. Express Scripts Hldg Co now has $33.04B valuation. Branded drugs are becoming increasingly expensive due to double-digit brand inflation. As a result we think the next several selling seasons will be critical for the company.

Express Scripts Holding Company is maintained at an average hold rating by 19 stock analysts, and there are at least 5.73% of shares outstanding that are now legally short sold.

On a similar note, analysts expect EPS of $1.9 in September 2017 quarter and $2.05 in December 2017 quarter, representing 9.2% and 9.04% growth, respectively. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with "Outperform" rating in Thursday, July 30 report. Jfs Wealth Advsrs Llc reported 1,193 shares or 0.02% of all its holdings. Analysts pegging the company with a rating of 3 would be indicating a Hold recommendation. GBX 300's average target is -29.66% below currents GBX 426.49 stock price.

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Express Scripts Holding (NASDAQ ESRX) opened at 57.21 on Monday. Volume levels spiked and ESRX actually managed a breakout which translated to 3.41 million shares changing hands on the day. It fall, as 113 investors sold Express Scripts Holding Company shares while 436 reduced holdings. Raymond James Financial, Inc. reissued an "underperform" rating on shares of Express Scripts Holding in a report on Monday, October 9th. The company reported $1.73 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.71 by $0.02. The market capitalization of the company is at $33.35 Billion. Los Angeles Capital Mngmt & Equity Rech invested 0.04% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). The industry's and sector's high P/E for the past year is 134.3 and 31.7 respectively and low P/E ratio for the last 5 years is 5.82 for the industry and 10.05 for the Sector. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $1.57 EPS.

Express Scripts Holding Company most recently reported earnings per share (EPS) of $1.73 for the June 2017 versus $1.57 in the same quarter past year, representing 10% growth.

Covering sell-side analysts have recently weighed in on shares of Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX). If you are viewing this story on another website, it was stolen and republished in violation of United States & global copyright and trademark law. The original version of this piece of content can be viewed at https://www.truebluetribune.com/2017/10/18/express-scripts-holding-company-esrx-stock-rating-upgraded-by-zacks-investment-research.html. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. On September 11, 2017, Woodrow A Jr Myers executed a direct sell involving 3900 shares. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.13, for a total transaction of $36,489.14. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. The Burney Co holds 122,526 shares with $7.83M value, down from 149,458 last quarter. Insiders own 0.68% of the company's stock. 75 funds opened positions while 234 raised stakes. Also, it has an estimated price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 7.46 and a trailing 12-month price-earnings (P/E) multiple of 9.93. Express Scripts recently announced its acquisition of the privately owned eviCore, and Amazon.com, Inc. Finally, FNY Partners Fund LP purchased a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding in the first quarter valued at about $138,000. Baupost Group LLC MA purchased a new stake in shares of Express Scripts Holding during the first quarter worth approximately $80,978,000. Bartlett & Comm Limited Liability Co stated it has 0.01% of its portfolio in Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX).

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