Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) insider Deborah P. Majoras sold 1,980 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Monday, August 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.35, for a total transaction of $161,073.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 50,074 shares in the company, valued at approximately $4,073,519.90. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website.

Shares of Procter & Gamble stock opened at $83.69 on Friday. The firm has a market capitalization of $205.29 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.83, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.62 and a beta of 0.58. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a quick ratio of 0.66 and a current ratio of 0.83. Procter & Gamble Co has a 52-week low of $70.73 and a 52-week high of $94.67.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The company reported $0.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.04. The firm had revenue of $16.50 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $16.52 billion. Procter & Gamble had a net margin of 14.59% and a return on equity of 20.94%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $0.85 EPS. analysts expect that Procter & Gamble Co will post 4.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Wednesday, August 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, July 20th were issued a $0.7172 dividend. This represents a $2.87 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.43%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, July 19th. Procter & Gamble’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 68.01%.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in PG. GHP Investment Advisors Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble by 3.9% in the 2nd quarter. GHP Investment Advisors Inc. now owns 60,529 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,725,000 after purchasing an additional 2,268 shares in the last quarter. Andra AP fonden boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble by 8.1% in the 2nd quarter. Andra AP fonden now owns 132,700 shares of the company’s stock valued at $10,359,000 after purchasing an additional 9,900 shares in the last quarter. M Holdings Securities Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble by 4.0% in the 2nd quarter. M Holdings Securities Inc. now owns 46,178 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,605,000 after purchasing an additional 1,764 shares in the last quarter. Global X Management Co LLC boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble by 18.0% in the 2nd quarter. Global X Management Co LLC now owns 38,964 shares of the company’s stock valued at $3,042,000 after purchasing an additional 5,957 shares in the last quarter. Finally, WealthPLAN Partners LLC boosted its stake in shares of Procter & Gamble by 16.7% in the 2nd quarter. WealthPLAN Partners LLC now owns 8,536 shares of the company’s stock valued at $666,000 after purchasing an additional 1,222 shares in the last quarter. 59.54% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on PG. ValuEngine raised shares of Procter & Gamble from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday. Wells Fargo & Co reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $78.00 target price on shares of Procter & Gamble in a research report on Thursday. Citigroup dropped their target price on shares of Procter & Gamble from $98.00 to $89.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, July 20th. UBS Group lowered shares of Procter & Gamble from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $83.00 target price on the stock. in a research report on Wednesday, July 18th. Finally, Deutsche Bank boosted their target price on shares of Procter & Gamble from $81.00 to $84.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 1st. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating, four have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $84.79.

About Procter & Gamble

The Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The company's Beauty segment offers hair care products, including conditioners, shampoos, styling aids, and treatments; and skin and personal care products, such as antiperspirant and deodorant, personal cleansing, and skin care products.

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