Stephens Inc. AR Sells 178 Shares of Pool Co. (NASDAQ:POOL)

Stephens Inc. AR lowered its stake in shares of Pool Co. (NASDAQ:POOLGet Rating) by 24.8% during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 539 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock after selling 178 shares during the quarter. Stephens Inc. AR’s holdings in Pool were worth $228,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

A number of other hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. State Street Corp grew its holdings in Pool by 4.1% during the 4th quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,713,981 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $970,113,000 after acquiring an additional 68,052 shares during the last quarter. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC lifted its position in Pool by 4.9% during the 4th quarter. Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management LLC now owns 1,341,674 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $759,391,000 after purchasing an additional 62,820 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC lifted its position in Pool by 1.8% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 805,479 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $454,829,000 after purchasing an additional 14,220 shares during the period. Invesco Ltd. lifted its position in Pool by 25.7% during the 4th quarter. Invesco Ltd. now owns 776,139 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $439,296,000 after purchasing an additional 158,573 shares during the period. Finally, Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA lifted its position in Pool by 1.2% during the 4th quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 672,868 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $380,845,000 after purchasing an additional 7,746 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 91.88% of the company’s stock.

Insider Buying and Selling at Pool

In other Pool news, CEO Peter D. Arvan purchased 500 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 18th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $387.08 per share, with a total value of $193,540.00. Following the acquisition, the chief executive officer now directly owns 61,825 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $23,931,221. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

Pool Stock Performance

Shares of POOL stock opened at $373.64 on Friday. Pool Co. has a 52 week low of $324.14 and a 52 week high of $582.27. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.28, a quick ratio of 1.00 and a current ratio of 2.77. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $368.97 and its two-hundred day moving average price is $413.27. The company has a market capitalization of $14.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.43, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.98 and a beta of 0.88.

Pool (NASDAQ:POOLGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 21st. The specialty retailer reported $7.59 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $7.40 by $0.19. Pool had a net margin of 13.17% and a return on equity of 68.34%. The business had revenue of $2.06 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.13 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $6.37 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue was up 15.0% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts expect that Pool Co. will post 18.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Pool Dividend Announcement

The firm also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, August 25th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, August 11th will be issued a dividend of $1.00 per share. This represents a $4.00 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.07%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, August 10th. Pool’s dividend payout ratio is 20.80%.

Analyst Upgrades and Downgrades

POOL has been the topic of a number of research reports. Stephens cut their target price on shares of Pool to $400.00 in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th. Jefferies Financial Group cut their target price on shares of Pool from $485.00 to $400.00 in a research report on Tuesday, June 14th. KeyCorp cut their price target on shares of Pool from $570.00 to $465.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, July 28th. TheStreet upgraded shares of Pool from a “c+” rating to a “b” rating in a research report on Thursday, June 2nd. Finally, Robert W. Baird downgraded shares of Pool from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $398.00 price target on the stock. in a research report on Thursday, July 14th. Six research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company. Based on data from MarketBeat, Pool presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $448.56.

Pool Company Profile

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Pool Corporation distributes swimming pool supplies, equipment, and related leisure products in the United States and internationally. The company offers maintenance products, including chemicals, supplies, and pool accessories; repair and replacement parts for pool equipment, such as cleaners, filters, heaters, pumps, and lights; fiberglass pools, and hot tubs and packaged pool kits comprising walls, liners, braces, and coping for in-ground and above-ground pools; pool equipment and components for new pool construction and the remodeling of existing pools; and irrigation and related products consisting of irrigation system components, and professional lawn care equipment and supplies.

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