Pool Co. (NASDAQ:POOL) has received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the six research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $149.33.

Several equities research analysts recently issued reports on POOL shares. BidaskClub lowered shares of Pool from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, July 25th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Pool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $169.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, July 6th. ValuEngine raised shares of Pool from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 18th. Berenberg Bank started coverage on shares of Pool in a report on Wednesday, June 20th. They issued a “hold” rating and a $157.00 target price for the company. Finally, Robert W. Baird lowered shares of Pool from an “outperform” rating to a “neutral” rating and set a $131.00 target price for the company. in a report on Tuesday, July 3rd.

In other Pool news, insider Arthur D. Cook sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $161.00, for a total transaction of $322,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 55,357 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,912,477. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, insider Arthur D. Cook sold 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $164.11, for a total transaction of $1,641,100.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 65,357 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,725,737.27. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 70,766 shares of company stock valued at $11,473,167. Insiders own 6.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in POOL. Summit Trail Advisors LLC grew its holdings in Pool by 10,523.4% during the 1st quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC now owns 1,712,925 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $1,713,000 after buying an additional 1,696,801 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in Pool by 11.0% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,754,763 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $568,848,000 after buying an additional 370,948 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its holdings in Pool by 26.4% during the 2nd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 606,971 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $91,957,000 after buying an additional 126,832 shares in the last quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. grew its holdings in Pool by 17.4% during the 2nd quarter. OppenheimerFunds Inc. now owns 650,811 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $98,598,000 after buying an additional 96,678 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC grew its holdings in Pool by 5.6% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,156,051 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock valued at $175,142,000 after buying an additional 61,632 shares in the last quarter. 93.97% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Pool stock traded down $1.29 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $155.76. The stock had a trading volume of 337,271 shares, compared to its average volume of 210,698. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.74 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 39.04 and a beta of 0.84. Pool has a 52-week low of $109.56 and a 52-week high of $175.87. The company has a current ratio of 2.64, a quick ratio of 1.15 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.03.

Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 19th. The specialty retailer reported $2.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.88 by ($0.08). The firm had revenue of $1.06 billion during the quarter. Pool had a return on equity of 82.52% and a net margin of 7.69%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 7.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $2.21 earnings per share. On average, analysts predict that Pool will post 5.54 EPS for the current year.

About Pool

Pool Corporation distributes swimming pool supplies, equipment, and related leisure products in North America, Europe, South America, and Australia. 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; 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 landscape products consisting of irrigation system components, and professional lawn care equipment and supplies.

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