AstraZeneca plc Forecasted to Post FY2018 Earnings of $1.78 Per Share (AZN)

AstraZeneca plc (NYSE:AZN) – Equities research analysts at Jefferies Group cut their FY2018 earnings per share estimates for AstraZeneca in a research note issued on Tuesday. Jefferies Group analyst J. Holford now anticipates that the company will post earnings per share of $1.78 for the year, down from their previous forecast of $1.94. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for AstraZeneca’s FY2019 earnings at $1.88 EPS, FY2020 earnings at $2.19 EPS, FY2021 earnings at $2.68 EPS and FY2022 earnings at $3.21 EPS.

AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.55. The firm had revenue of $6.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $6 billion. AstraZeneca had a net margin of 15.90% and a return on equity of 34.02%. The business’s revenue was up 9.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned $1.32 EPS.

Other research analysts have also recently issued reports about the stock. Leerink Swann reissued a “market perform” rating and issued a $36.00 price target (up from $33.00) on shares of AstraZeneca in a report on Thursday. BNP Paribas raised shares of AstraZeneca from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a report on Monday, September 25th. BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $38.00 price target on shares of AstraZeneca in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Citigroup raised shares of AstraZeneca to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AstraZeneca from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 10th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $34.48.

AstraZeneca (NYSE AZN) traded up $0.37 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $35.44. 2,527,393 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 3,250,638. The company has a market cap of $88,630.00, a PE ratio of 25.31, a P/E/G ratio of 2.59 and a beta of 0.76. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a current ratio of 0.94. AstraZeneca has a 52-week low of $26.51 and a 52-week high of $35.92.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its position in shares of AstraZeneca by 7.6% during the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 4,406,824 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,303,000 after acquiring an additional 310,389 shares in the last quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. boosted its position in shares of AstraZeneca by 103.1% during the 3rd quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. now owns 1,224,939 shares of the company’s stock worth $41,501,000 after acquiring an additional 621,831 shares in the last quarter. Zions Bancorporation boosted its position in shares of AstraZeneca by 2,719.4% during the 3rd quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 38,852 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,317,000 after acquiring an additional 37,474 shares in the last quarter. Wrapmanager Inc. boosted its position in shares of AstraZeneca by 21.1% during the 3rd quarter. Wrapmanager Inc. now owns 52,340 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,773,000 after acquiring an additional 9,120 shares in the last quarter. Finally, BB&T Investment Services Inc. boosted its position in shares of AstraZeneca by 54.9% during the 3rd quarter. BB&T Investment Services Inc. now owns 23,136 shares of the company’s stock worth $782,000 after acquiring an additional 8,199 shares in the last quarter. 14.75% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About AstraZeneca

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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