Grimes & Company Inc. trimmed its position in Danaher Co. (NYSE:DHR) by 8.2% in the first quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The institutional investor owned 6,480 shares of the conglomerate’s stock after selling 579 shares during the period. Grimes & Company Inc.’s holdings in Danaher were worth $855,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Other institutional investors have also recently modified their holdings of the company. Lenox Wealth Management Inc. bought a new position in Danaher during the first quarter worth $40,000. Hall Laurie J Trustee increased its holdings in Danaher by 1.6% in the 1st quarter. Hall Laurie J Trustee now owns 25,266 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $3,337,000 after buying an additional 401 shares during the period. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. increased its holdings in Danaher by 5.6% in the 1st quarter. Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc. now owns 34,867 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $4,603,000 after buying an additional 1,853 shares during the period. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D increased its holdings in Danaher by 87.5% in the 1st quarter. State of New Jersey Common Pension Fund D now owns 300,000 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $39,606,000 after buying an additional 140,000 shares during the period. Finally, Savant Capital LLC increased its holdings in Danaher by 6.3% in the 1st quarter. Savant Capital LLC now owns 4,718 shares of the conglomerate’s stock valued at $623,000 after buying an additional 278 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 76.98% of the company’s stock.
Several brokerages have issued reports on DHR. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Danaher from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, May 6th. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $141.00 price target (up previously from $138.00) on shares of Danaher in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $140.00 price target on shares of Danaher in a research report on Monday, March 4th. Janney Montgomery Scott upped their target price on shares of Danaher from $136.00 to $174.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group upped their target price on shares of Danaher to $140.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 26th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $131.75.
Shares of DHR stock opened at $130.75 on Thursday. Danaher Co. has a one year low of $94.59 and a one year high of $134.67. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a current ratio of 2.18 and a quick ratio of 1.74. The stock has a market capitalization of $92.68 billion, a PE ratio of 28.93, a P/E/G ratio of 2.50 and a beta of 1.02.
Danaher (NYSE:DHR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 18th. The conglomerate reported $1.07 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.01 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $4.88 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.80 billion. Danaher had a net margin of 12.04% and a return on equity of 11.61%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 3.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.99 EPS. As a group, sell-side analysts expect that Danaher Co. will post 4.77 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.
The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, July 26th. Stockholders of record on Friday, June 28th will be paid a dividend of $0.17 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, June 27th. This represents a $0.68 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.52%. Danaher’s dividend payout ratio is currently 15.04%.
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Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. The company's Life Sciences segment provides mass spectrometers; cellular analysis, lab automation, and centrifugation instruments; microscopes; and genomics consumables.
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