$1.25 EPS Expected for Novartis AG (NVS) This Quarter

Wall Street brokerages expect Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) to post earnings per share (EPS) of $1.25 for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Two analysts have made estimates for Novartis AG’s earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is $1.24 and the highest is $1.25. Novartis AG reported earnings per share of $1.23 in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 1.6%. The firm is expected to issue its next earnings report before the market opens on Tuesday, October 24th.

On average, analysts expect that Novartis AG will report full-year earnings of $4.76 per share for the current financial year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.61 to $4.85. For the next year, analysts forecast that the company will post earnings of $5.05 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.27 to $5.29. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover Novartis AG.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, July 18th. The company reported $1.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.16 by $0.06. The firm had revenue of $12.24 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $12.20 billion. Novartis AG had a return on equity of 15.51% and a net margin of 13.52%. The business’s quarterly revenue was down 1.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.23 EPS.

NVS has been the subject of several recent analyst reports. J P Morgan Chase & Co reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Novartis AG in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Barclays PLC raised Novartis AG from an “underweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Leerink Swann reaffirmed a “market perform” rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Novartis AG in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Credit Suisse Group cut Novartis AG from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating and set a $82.25 target price for the company. in a research note on Wednesday, July 5th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Novartis AG from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, July 10th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $84.13.

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Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. boosted its holdings in Novartis AG by 5.6% in the first quarter. Westwood Holdings Group Inc. now owns 5,405 shares of the company’s stock worth $401,000 after acquiring an additional 285 shares in the last quarter. GFS Advisors LLC boosted its holdings in Novartis AG by 6.5% in the second quarter. GFS Advisors LLC now owns 21,314 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,779,000 after acquiring an additional 1,300 shares in the last quarter. Union Bankshares Corp boosted its holdings in Novartis AG by 0.3% in the second quarter. Union Bankshares Corp now owns 37,521 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,132,000 after acquiring an additional 99 shares in the last quarter. Mechanics Bank Trust Department bought a new position in Novartis AG in the second quarter worth approximately $389,000. Finally, ProVise Management Group LLC boosted its holdings in Novartis AG by 12.2% in the second quarter. ProVise Management Group LLC now owns 85,041 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,099,000 after acquiring an additional 9,227 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 10.93% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) opened at 86.04 on Thursday. Novartis AG has a 1-year low of $66.93 and a 1-year high of $86.90. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $85.46 and a 200 day moving average price of $82.10. The company has a market cap of $201.58 billion, a PE ratio of 31.41 and a beta of 0.73.

Novartis AG Company Profile

Novartis AG is a holding company, which provides healthcare solutions. The Company is engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of a range of healthcare products led by pharmaceuticals. The Company’s segments include Innovative Medicines, Sandoz, Alcon and Corporate activities.

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