Zoetis Inc (ZTS) Insider Sells $1,958,570.00 in Stock

Zoetis Inc (NYSE:ZTS) insider Roman Trawicki sold 23,885 shares of Zoetis stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 23rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.00, for a total transaction of $1,958,570.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink.

Shares of Zoetis Inc (NYSE ZTS) traded up $2.03 on Friday, hitting $82.79. 2,697,182 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,080,078. Zoetis Inc has a 1-year low of $52.25 and a 1-year high of $82.93. The firm has a market capitalization of $39,980.00, a PE ratio of 37.98, a PEG ratio of 1.81 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a current ratio of 3.85, a quick ratio of 2.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.77.

Zoetis (NYSE:ZTS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 15th. The company reported $0.69 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.66 by $0.03. Zoetis had a net margin of 16.28% and a return on equity of 65.96%. The business had revenue of $1.46 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.40 billion. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.47 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.3% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts forecast that Zoetis Inc will post 3.03 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 20th will be given a dividend of $0.126 per share. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.61%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 19th. Zoetis’s dividend payout ratio is presently 22.94%.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. Deutsche Bank lifted their target price on shares of Zoetis from $76.00 to $78.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Barclays set a $77.00 target price on shares of Zoetis and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 17th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $88.00 target price on shares of Zoetis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, February 16th. Cowen set a $85.00 target price on shares of Zoetis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald set a $90.00 target price on shares of Zoetis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.83.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Chemical Bank acquired a new position in shares of Zoetis in the fourth quarter valued at approximately $350,000. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Zoetis by 27.9% in the fourth quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 17,881 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,288,000 after purchasing an additional 3,904 shares in the last quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB grew its holdings in shares of Zoetis by 9.8% in the fourth quarter. Xact Kapitalforvaltning AB now owns 70,114 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,051,000 after purchasing an additional 6,253 shares in the last quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Zoetis by 31.3% in the fourth quarter. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. now owns 134,904 shares of the company’s stock valued at $9,719,000 after purchasing an additional 32,149 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dixon Hubard Feinour & Brown Inc. VA grew its holdings in shares of Zoetis by 106.2% in the fourth quarter. Dixon Hubard Feinour & Brown Inc. VA now owns 25,090 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,807,000 after purchasing an additional 12,925 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.18% of the company’s stock.

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About Zoetis

Zoetis Inc is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and commercialization of animal health medicines and vaccines, with a focus on both livestock and companion animals. The Company has a business, commercializing products across eight core species: cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and fish (collectively, livestock) and dogs, cats and horses (collectively, companion animals), and within five product categories: anti-infectives, vaccines, parasiticides, medicated feed additives and other pharmaceuticals.

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