Advisor Partners LLC bought a new position in Pool Co. (NASDAQ:POOL) during the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm bought 1,203 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock, valued at approximately $201,000.

Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently made changes to their positions in the company. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc lifted its stake in shares of Pool by 57.1% in the second quarter. NumerixS Investment Technologies Inc now owns 1,100 shares of the specialty retailer’s stock worth $167,000 after buying an additional 400 shares during the last quarter. HWG Holdings LP acquired a new position in Pool during the 3rd quarter valued at $179,000. Natixis acquired a new position in Pool during the 2nd quarter valued at $211,000. GAM Holding AG acquired a new position in Pool during the 2nd quarter valued at $255,000. Finally, First Hawaiian Bank acquired a new position in Pool during the 3rd quarter valued at $267,000. 94.54% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

In other Pool news, CEO De La Mesa Manuel J. Perez sold 10,300 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $160.98, for a total transaction of $1,658,094.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 69,001 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,107,780.98. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO De La Mesa Manuel J. Perez sold 20,448 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $162.28, for a total transaction of $3,318,301.44. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 69,001 shares in the company, valued at approximately $11,197,482.28. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 6.00% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Pool stock traded down $4.10 on Friday, hitting $152.41. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 240,522 shares, compared to its average volume of 204,387. The firm has a market capitalization of $6.30 billion, a PE ratio of 38.20, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.18 and a beta of 1.05. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.53, a current ratio of 3.29 and a quick ratio of 1.18. Pool Co. has a one year low of $123.88 and a one year high of $175.87.

Pool (NASDAQ:POOL) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 18th. The specialty retailer reported $1.66 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.58 by $0.08. Pool had a net margin of 8.21% and a return on equity of 78.04%. The business had revenue of $811.31 million for the quarter. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.16 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Pool Co. will post 5.66 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, November 29th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 15th were issued a $0.45 dividend. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.18%. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 14th. Pool’s payout ratio is 45.11%.

Several research firms recently commented on POOL. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Pool from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 18th. BidaskClub raised shares of Pool from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Friday, September 7th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $160.40.

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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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