Credit Suisse Group Upgrades Astrazeneca PLC (AZN) to “Outperform”

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) was upgraded by stock analysts at Credit Suisse Group from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note issued on Monday, October 16th, Marketbeat.com reports.

A number of other analysts have also commented on AZN. Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “overweight” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research note on Monday, July 3rd. BidaskClub lowered Astrazeneca PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reissued a “sell” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Astrazeneca PLC from a “strong-buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Finally, Leerink Swann lowered Astrazeneca PLC from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and lowered their price objective for the company from $36.00 to $31.00 in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $35.10.

Shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE AZN) opened at 33.49 on Monday. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $33.66 and its 200-day moving average price is $32.47. Astrazeneca PLC has a 12-month low of $25.55 and a 12-month high of $35.60. The company has a market cap of $84.80 billion, a PE ratio of 21.97 and a beta of 0.76.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.46. Astrazeneca PLC had a net margin of 17.80% and a return on equity of 35.90%. The firm had revenue of $5.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.04 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $0.83 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was down 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Astrazeneca PLC will post $1.91 earnings per share for the current year.

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A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Meeder Asset Management Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $105,000. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC during the 1st quarter worth approximately $107,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC raised its holdings in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 3,782.0% during the 1st quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 3,882 shares of the company’s stock worth $121,000 after acquiring an additional 3,782 shares in the last quarter. WFG Advisors LP raised its holdings in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 36.0% during the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 3,716 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after acquiring an additional 984 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. raised its holdings in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 71.2% during the 2nd quarter. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. now owns 4,252 shares of the company’s stock worth $145,000 after acquiring an additional 1,769 shares in the last quarter. 14.18% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Astrazeneca PLC Company Profile

AstraZeneca PLC (AstraZeneca) is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on discovery and development of products, which are then manufactured, marketed and sold. The Company focuses on three main therapy areas: Oncology, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease (CVMD) and Respiratory, while selectively pursuing therapies in Autoimmunity, Infection and Neuroscience.

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