Standard Life Aberdeen plc Grows Holdings in Amgen, Inc. (AMGN)

Standard Life Aberdeen plc raised its holdings in shares of Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) by 3.7% in the 4th quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 760,737 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 27,296 shares during the quarter. Standard Life Aberdeen plc owned 0.11% of Amgen worth $132,303,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

A number of other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in AMGN. Toronto Dominion Bank lifted its holdings in shares of Amgen by 11.0% in the 3rd quarter. Toronto Dominion Bank now owns 279,280 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $52,066,000 after acquiring an additional 27,726 shares during the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas lifted its holdings in shares of Amgen by 16.5% in the 3rd quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas now owns 740,764 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $138,115,000 after acquiring an additional 104,871 shares during the last quarter. Putnam FL Investment Management Co. bought a new stake in shares of Amgen in the 3rd quarter worth about $447,000. Moody Lynn & Lieberson LLC bought a new stake in shares of Amgen in the 3rd quarter worth about $2,353,000. Finally, Patten Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Amgen by 1,151.5% in the 3rd quarter. Patten Group Inc. now owns 27,859 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $389,000 after acquiring an additional 25,633 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.55% of the company’s stock.

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AMGN stock opened at $168.14 on Monday. The stock has a market capitalization of $121,155.33, a P/E ratio of 13.37, a P/E/G ratio of 2.06 and a beta of 1.36. Amgen, Inc. has a 12 month low of $152.16 and a 12 month high of $201.23. The company has a current ratio of 5.49, a quick ratio of 5.17 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.35.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, February 1st. The medical research company reported $2.89 EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $3.03 by ($0.14). The company had revenue of $5.80 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.84 billion. Amgen had a return on equity of 30.87% and a net margin of 8.66%. The company’s quarterly revenue was down 2.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned $2.89 EPS. equities research analysts expect that Amgen, Inc. will post 13.25 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 8th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, May 17th will be given a dividend of $1.32 per share. This represents a $5.28 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.14%. The ex-dividend date is Wednesday, May 16th. Amgen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 41.97%.

Amgen declared that its board has approved a share repurchase plan on Thursday, February 1st that allows the company to buyback $10.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the medical research company to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases. Shares buyback plans are often a sign that the company’s board believes its stock is undervalued.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on AMGN shares. Vetr lowered shares of Amgen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $184.25 target price for the company. in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Royal Bank of Canada restated a “hold” rating and issued a $189.00 target price on shares of Amgen in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Barclays lowered their target price on shares of Amgen from $190.00 to $180.00 and set an “equal weight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday. ValuEngine lowered shares of Amgen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, April 2nd. Finally, Piper Jaffray restated a “buy” rating on shares of Amgen in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. Amgen presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $190.57.

In other Amgen news, EVP Sean E. Harper sold 1,525 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $189.75, for a total transaction of $289,368.75. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Insiders have sold a total of 4,575 shares of company stock worth $838,064 in the last three months. Insiders own 0.19% of the company’s stock.

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About Amgen

Amgen Inc is a biotechnology company. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers various human therapeutics. It operates in human therapeutics segment. Its marketed products portfolio includes Neulasta (pegfilgrastim); erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), such as Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and EPOGEN (epoetin alfa); Sensipar/Mimpara (cinacalcet); XGEVA (denosumab); Prolia (denosumab); NEUPOGEN (filgrastim), and other marketed products, such as KYPROLIS (carfilzomib), Vectibix (panitumumab), Nplate (romiplostim), Repatha (evolocumab), BLINCYTO (blinatumomab), IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec) and Corlanor (ivabradine).

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