JPMorgan Chase & Co. Reiterates “Neutral” Rating for Novartis (NVS)

Novartis (NYSE:NVS)‘s stock had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by equities researchers at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a report issued on Thursday.

A number of other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on NVS. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Novartis from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, September 21st. Leerink Swann upped their price target on shares of Novartis from $89.00 to $91.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a report on Monday, October 23rd. Barclays downgraded shares of Novartis from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a report on Wednesday, October 25th. Bank of America downgraded shares of Novartis from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. Finally, Nord/LB reissued a “neutral” rating on shares of Novartis in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $85.32.

Novartis (NVS) traded up $0.53 during mid-day trading on Thursday, reaching $86.94. 770,420 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 801,800. The firm has a market capitalization of $204,411.06, a P/E ratio of 30.94, a P/E/G ratio of 2.31 and a beta of 0.73. Novartis has a 1-year low of $69.53 and a 1-year high of $87.29. The company has a quick ratio of 0.81, a current ratio of 1.08 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32.

Novartis (NYSE:NVS) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.29 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.04. Novartis had a net margin of 13.73% and a return on equity of 15.77%. The company had revenue of $12.41 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $12.21 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $1.23 EPS. Novartis’s revenue was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. sell-side analysts expect that Novartis will post 4.79 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Hall Laurie J Trustee increased its holdings in Novartis by 0.3% in the second quarter. Hall Laurie J Trustee now owns 16,713 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,395,000 after buying an additional 50 shares during the last quarter. Sunbelt Securities Inc. increased its holdings in Novartis by 1.8% in the second quarter. Sunbelt Securities Inc. now owns 5,013 shares of the company’s stock worth $418,000 after buying an additional 90 shares during the last quarter. Roberts Glore & Co. Inc. IL increased its holdings in Novartis by 1.3% in the second quarter. Roberts Glore & Co. Inc. IL now owns 12,705 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,060,000 after buying an additional 165 shares during the last quarter. Logan Capital Management Inc. increased its holdings in Novartis by 1.6% in the second quarter. Logan Capital Management Inc. now owns 12,861 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,073,000 after buying an additional 200 shares during the last quarter. Finally, South Texas Money Management Ltd. increased its holdings in Novartis by 4.8% in the second quarter. South Texas Money Management Ltd. now owns 5,202 shares of the company’s stock worth $434,000 after buying an additional 236 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 10.85% of the company’s stock.

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Novartis 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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