Stryker (SYK) Upgraded to “Overweight” by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Stryker (NYSE:SYK) was upgraded by equities researchers at JPMorgan Chase & Co. from a “neutral” rating to an “overweight” rating in a report issued on Tuesday, January 2nd, Marketbeat.com reports.

SYK has been the topic of a number of other research reports. Robert W. Baird upgraded shares of Stryker from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $161.00 to $173.00 in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Needham & Company LLC restated a “hold” rating on shares of Stryker in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating and issued a $156.00 price target on shares of Stryker in a report on Friday, October 27th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Stryker from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Stryker from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 16th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Stryker has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $156.60.

Stryker (NYSE SYK) traded down $0.94 during trading on Tuesday, reaching $158.60. 1,129,590 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,215,836. The stock has a market capitalization of $59,350.00, a P/E ratio of 33.82, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.30 and a beta of 0.78. The company has a current ratio of 2.37, a quick ratio of 1.61 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.63. Stryker has a 52 week low of $119.17 and a 52 week high of $164.20.

Stryker (NYSE:SYK) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The medical technology company reported $1.52 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.50 by $0.02. Stryker had a net margin of 14.67% and a return on equity of 24.11%. The business had revenue of $3.01 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.97 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $1.39 earnings per share. The business’s revenue was up 6.1% compared to the same quarter last year. sell-side analysts anticipate that Stryker will post 6.47 EPS for the current year.

In other Stryker news, insider Lonny J. Carpenter sold 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $155.34, for a total transaction of $776,700.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 83,207 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,925,375.38. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Corporate insiders own 7.40% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in SYK. Acrospire Investment Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Stryker in the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $111,000. Motco increased its holdings in Stryker by 50.7% in the 2nd quarter. Motco now owns 826 shares of the medical technology company’s stock worth $115,000 after buying an additional 278 shares during the period. Sawyer & Company Inc acquired a new position in Stryker in the 4th quarter worth approximately $125,000. Sit Investment Associates Inc. increased its holdings in Stryker by 114.3% in the 4th quarter. Sit Investment Associates Inc. now owns 825 shares of the medical technology company’s stock worth $128,000 after buying an additional 440 shares during the period. Finally, San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA increased its holdings in Stryker by 47.8% in the 3rd quarter. San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA now owns 1,005 shares of the medical technology company’s stock worth $143,000 after buying an additional 325 shares during the period. 74.90% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Stryker

Stryker Corporation is a medical technology company. The Company offers a range of medical technologies, including orthopedic, medical and surgical, and neurotechnology and spine products. The Company’s segments include Orthopaedics; MedSurg; Neurotechnology and Spine, and Corporate and Other. The Orthopaedics segment includes reconstructive (hip and knee) and trauma implant systems and other related products.

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