Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) Given Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE:LLY) have received a consensus rating of “Hold” from the twenty-two brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat.com reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have given a hold recommendation and ten have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $89.73.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the stock. BMO Capital Markets set a $73.00 price objective on shares of Eli Lilly and and gave the company a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Eli Lilly and from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, October 30th. Berenberg Bank restated a “buy” rating and issued a $98.00 price objective on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Leerink Swann boosted their price objective on shares of Eli Lilly and from $92.00 to $93.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price objective on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Friday, October 13th.

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Eli Lilly and (NYSE LLY) traded down $0.55 during trading on Friday, reaching $82.89. 4,092,443 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,292,586. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.66, a current ratio of 1.38 and a quick ratio of 1.03. The company has a market capitalization of $91,269.77, a P/E ratio of 20.27, a PEG ratio of 1.83 and a beta of 0.34. Eli Lilly and has a 1-year low of $64.18 and a 1-year high of $89.09.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.05 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.03 by $0.02. Eli Lilly and had a net margin of 9.90% and a return on equity of 30.27%. The business had revenue of $5.66 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.52 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $0.88 earnings per share. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.0% on a year-over-year basis. analysts predict that Eli Lilly and will post 4.21 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 8th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be paid a $0.52 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a $2.08 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.51%. Eli Lilly and’s dividend payout ratio is presently 98.58%.

In other news, SVP Alfonso G. Zulueta sold 2,003 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $83.67, for a total value of $167,591.01. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 43,580 shares in the company, valued at $3,646,338.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, major shareholder Lilly Endowment Inc sold 180,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.06, for a total transaction of $14,590,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 123,865,804 shares in the company, valued at approximately $10,040,562,072.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 772,003 shares of company stock worth $64,837,441. Insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of LLY. Acrospire Investment Management LLC lifted its position in Eli Lilly and by 16.7% during the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,399 shares of the company’s stock valued at $115,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares during the period. MPS Loria Financial Planners LLC bought a new position in Eli Lilly and during the second quarter valued at approximately $128,000. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA bought a new position in Eli Lilly and during the second quarter valued at approximately $129,000. Willingdon Wealth Management bought a new position in Eli Lilly and during the third quarter valued at approximately $138,000. Finally, Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC bought a new position in Eli Lilly and during the third quarter valued at approximately $142,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.61% of the company’s stock.

About Eli Lilly and

Eli Lilly and Company is engaged in drug manufacturing business. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and markets products in two segments: human pharmaceutical products and animal health products. The Company’s human pharmaceutical business segment sells medicines, which are discovered or developed by its scientists.

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