State of Wisconsin Investment Board Acquires 6,447 Shares of Central Garden & Pet Company (CENTA)

State of Wisconsin Investment Board raised its holdings in shares of Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENTA) by 1.6% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor owned 420,575 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 6,447 shares during the period. State of Wisconsin Investment Board owned about 0.81% of Central Garden & Pet worth $15,641,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

A number of other hedge funds have also made changes to their positions in CENTA. Chicago Equity Partners LLC lifted its position in shares of Central Garden & Pet by 20.5% during the third quarter. Chicago Equity Partners LLC now owns 104,855 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,900,000 after purchasing an additional 17,815 shares in the last quarter. Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC lifted its position in shares of Central Garden & Pet by 2.2% during the third quarter. Frontier Capital Management Co. LLC now owns 492,089 shares of the company’s stock worth $18,301,000 after purchasing an additional 10,526 shares in the last quarter. Parametrica Management Ltd acquired a new position in shares of Central Garden & Pet during the third quarter worth $602,000. Crossmark Global Holdings Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Central Garden & Pet during the third quarter worth $466,000. Finally, Nationwide Fund Advisors lifted its position in shares of Central Garden & Pet by 30.5% during the third quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 232,056 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,630,000 after purchasing an additional 54,262 shares in the last quarter. 62.23% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

CENTA has been the topic of several recent analyst reports. Monness Crespi & Hardt initiated coverage on shares of Central Garden & Pet in a report on Friday, October 20th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $44.00 price target on the stock. Sidoti cut shares of Central Garden & Pet from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th.

Shares of Central Garden & Pet Company (NASDAQ:CENTA) opened at $34.65 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $1,784.65, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.38 and a beta of 0.27. The company has a quick ratio of 1.63, a current ratio of 3.38 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.69. Central Garden & Pet Company has a twelve month low of $26.41 and a twelve month high of $38.81.

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About Central Garden & Pet

Central Garden & Pet Company is a marketer and producer of branded products and distributor of third party products in the pet and lawn and garden supplies industries in the United States. The Company operates in two segments: Pet segment and the Garden segment. It is a marketer and producer of pet supplies in the United States.

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