AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) Rating Reiterated by BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) in a research note issued to investors on Sunday, February 4th.

Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research raised AstraZeneca from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Monday, January 22nd. ValuEngine raised shares of AstraZeneca from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report on Saturday, February 3rd. Leerink Swann restated a market perform rating and set a $36.00 price target (up from $33.00) on shares of AstraZeneca in a report on Thursday, January 18th. Citigroup upgraded AstraZeneca to a buy rating in a report on Wednesday, October 18th. Finally, Cowen reiterated a hold rating and issued a $37.00 target price on shares of AstraZeneca in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $35.20.

AstraZeneca (AZN) opened at $34.09 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $85,127.08, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.85, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.03 and a beta of 0.70. AstraZeneca has a fifty-two week low of $28.43 and a fifty-two week high of $36.70. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.93, a current ratio of 0.80 and a quick ratio of 0.62.

AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Friday, February 2nd. The company reported $1.30 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.44 by $0.86. The business had revenue of $5.78 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.49 billion. AstraZeneca had a net margin of 13.36% and a return on equity of 34.74%. AstraZeneca’s revenue was up 3.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business posted $1.21 earnings per share. equities research analysts predict that AstraZeneca will post 1.67 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently announced a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 19th. Shareholders of record on Friday, February 16th will be issued a dividend of $0.95 per share. This represents a yield of 5.62%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 15th. AstraZeneca’s payout ratio is presently 57.81%.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the company. Fisher Asset Management LLC lifted its position in AstraZeneca by 2.7% in the 4th quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 11,917,332 shares of the company’s stock worth $413,531,000 after buying an additional 315,759 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN increased its stake in AstraZeneca by 7.6% in the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 4,406,824 shares of the company’s stock worth $149,303,000 after purchasing an additional 310,389 shares during the period. Ameriprise Financial Inc. increased its stake in AstraZeneca by 7.1% in the 3rd quarter. Ameriprise Financial Inc. now owns 3,026,781 shares of the company’s stock worth $102,643,000 after purchasing an additional 199,519 shares during the period. Capital Bank & Trust Co increased its stake in AstraZeneca by 2.1% in the 3rd quarter. Capital Bank & Trust Co now owns 2,730,208 shares of the company’s stock worth $92,499,000 after purchasing an additional 57,353 shares during the period. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in AstraZeneca by 18.3% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 2,558,882 shares of the company’s stock worth $86,695,000 after purchasing an additional 395,699 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 14.75% of the company’s stock.

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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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