Sentry Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (NYSE:DD) by 4.9% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The fund owned 68,663 shares of the basic materials company’s stock after buying an additional 3,236 shares during the period. Sentry Investment Management LLC’s holdings in E.I. du Pont de Nemours and were worth $5,516,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other institutional investors have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in DD. Boston Advisors LLC raised its position in E.I. du Pont de Nemours and by 7.9% in the first quarter. Boston Advisors LLC now owns 6,689 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $537,000 after buying an additional 489 shares during the period. Trust Department MB Financial Bank N A raised its position in E.I. du Pont de Nemours and by 0.9% in the first quarter. Trust Department MB Financial Bank N A now owns 6,052 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $486,000 after buying an additional 52 shares during the period. Lederer & Associates Investment Counsel CA raised its position in E.I. du Pont de Nemours and by 1.1% in the first quarter. Lederer & Associates Investment Counsel CA now owns 20,655 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $1,659,000 after buying an additional 225 shares during the period. Granite Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in E.I. du Pont de Nemours and by 20.0% in the first quarter. Granite Investment Advisors LLC now owns 3,829 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $308,000 after buying an additional 639 shares during the period. Finally, Ledyard National Bank raised its position in E.I. du Pont de Nemours and by 27.9% in the first quarter. Ledyard National Bank now owns 7,368 shares of the basic materials company’s stock worth $592,000 after buying an additional 1,605 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 71.21% of the company’s stock.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DD) traded down 0.08% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $82.59. 334,075 shares of the company were exchanged. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company has a one year low of $66.02 and a one year high of $86.36. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $82.86 and its 200-day moving average price is $80.60. The stock has a market capitalization of $71.67 billion, a PE ratio of 32.26 and a beta of 1.76.

E.I. du Pont de Nemours and (NYSE:DD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 25th. The basic materials company reported $1.38 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.29 by $0.09. The firm had revenue of $7.42 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $7.28 billion. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and had a return on equity of 31.23% and a net margin of 8.86%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $1.24 earnings per share. Equities research analysts anticipate that E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company will post $3.91 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 29th. Stockholders of record on Monday, July 31st will be paid a dividend of $0.38 per share. This represents a $1.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.84%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, July 27th. E.I. du Pont de Nemours and’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 59.38%.

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DD has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $91.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $81.25.

In other news, SVP Benito Cachinero sold 10,621 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.67, for a total transaction of $867,417.07. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 0.31% of the company’s stock.

About E.I. du Pont de Nemours and

E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company is a science and technology-based company. It operates through six segments: Agriculture, Electronics & Communications (E&C), Industrial Biosciences, Nutrition & Health, Performance Materials and Protection Solutions. Its Agriculture segment includes products, such as corn hybrids and soybean varieties, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and (NYSE:DD)

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