Investors bought shares of Procter & Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) on weakness during trading on Thursday. $245.00 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $144.78 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $100.22 million into the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Procter & Gamble had the 12th highest net in-flow for the day. Procter & Gamble traded down ($2.57) for the day and closed at $78.87

PG has been the subject of several recent research reports. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Procter & Gamble from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, June 25th. Jefferies Financial Group downgraded shares of Procter & Gamble from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $95.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Monday, July 9th. UBS Group downgraded shares of Procter & Gamble from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $83.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Wednesday, July 18th. Citigroup decreased their target price on shares of Procter & Gamble from $98.00 to $89.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, July 20th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Procter & Gamble in a research report on Tuesday, July 31st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating, three have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Procter & Gamble presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $84.53.

The company has a current ratio of 0.83, a quick ratio of 0.66 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40. The stock has a market capitalization of $209.82 billion, a PE ratio of 18.73, a PEG ratio of 2.68 and a beta of 0.59.

Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 31st. The company reported $0.94 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.90 by $0.04. Procter & Gamble had a net margin of 14.59% and a return on equity of 20.94%. The business had revenue of $16.50 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $16.52 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.85 EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Procter & Gamble Co will post 4.42 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, November 15th. Shareholders of record on Friday, October 19th will be given a $0.7172 dividend. This represents a $2.87 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.63%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, October 18th. Procter & Gamble’s payout ratio is 68.01%.

In other Procter & Gamble news, insider Kathleen B. Fish sold 10,342 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.20, for a total value of $860,454.40. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 16,382 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,362,982.40. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Kathleen B. Fish sold 599 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, August 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.48, for a total transaction of $50,004.52. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 38,655 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,226,919.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 147,186 shares of company stock valued at $12,080,849 over the last ninety days. 1.84% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Phocas Financial Corp. boosted its stake in Procter & Gamble by 99,943.2% in the second quarter. Phocas Financial Corp. now owns 7,573,274 shares of the company’s stock valued at $591,000 after acquiring an additional 7,565,704 shares during the last quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. boosted its stake in Procter & Gamble by 63.1% in the first quarter. Franklin Resources Inc. now owns 11,150,063 shares of the company’s stock valued at $883,964,000 after acquiring an additional 4,315,180 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in Procter & Gamble by 2.2% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 166,150,277 shares of the company’s stock valued at $12,969,690,000 after acquiring an additional 3,551,051 shares during the last quarter. Charles Schwab Investment Advisory Inc. purchased a new position in Procter & Gamble in the second quarter valued at about $241,094,000. Finally, American Century Companies Inc. boosted its stake in Procter & Gamble by 17.9% in the first quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 13,922,673 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,103,790,000 after acquiring an additional 2,115,777 shares during the last quarter. 58.36% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG)

The Procter & Gamble Company provides branded consumer packaged goods to consumers in North America, Europe, the Asia Pacific, Greater China, Latin America, India, the Middle East, and Africa. The company operates in five segments: Beauty; Grooming; health Care; fabric & Home Care; and Baby, Feminine & Family Care.

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