Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (BMY) Short Interest Up 21.6% in February

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest during the month of February. As of February 28th, there was short interest totalling 74,111,887 shares, an increase of 21.6% from the February 15th total of 60,972,039 shares. Currently, 4.5% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 24,159,361 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.1 days.

Bristol-Myers Squibb stock opened at $49.96 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a quick ratio of 1.50 and a current ratio of 1.61. Bristol-Myers Squibb has a 12 month low of $44.30 and a 12 month high of $67.44. The company has a market capitalization of $80.88 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.55, a P/E/G ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 0.81.

Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 24th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $0.94 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.09. Bristol-Myers Squibb had a return on equity of 48.99% and a net margin of 21.95%. The business had revenue of $5.97 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.95 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.68 EPS. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 9.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Sell-side analysts expect that Bristol-Myers Squibb will post 4.15 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, May 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, April 5th will be given a $0.41 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, April 4th. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.28%. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s dividend payout ratio is presently 41.21%.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Capital Financial Planning LLC acquired a new position in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb during the 4th quarter worth approximately $28,000. Well Done LLC acquired a new position in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb during the 4th quarter worth approximately $30,000. Riverview Trust Co acquired a new position in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb during the 4th quarter worth approximately $33,000. Portfolio Solutions LLC acquired a new position in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb during the 4th quarter worth approximately $37,000. Finally, Gantzert Investment Co. LLC ADV acquired a new position in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb during the 4th quarter worth approximately $39,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.35% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts recently commented on BMY shares. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $60.00 target price on shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb in a research report on Thursday, January 3rd. Societe Generale upgraded Bristol-Myers Squibb from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, January 15th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Bristol-Myers Squibb from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, March 5th. Edward Jones lowered Bristol-Myers Squibb from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, January 4th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $54.00 target price on Bristol-Myers Squibb and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 20th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $59.40.

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Company Profile

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company discovers, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells biopharmaceutical products worldwide. The company offers drugs in oncology, immunoscience, cardiovascular, and fibrotic diseases. The company's products include Opdivo, a biological product for anti-cancer indications; Eliquis, an oral inhibitor targeted at stroke prevention in adult patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, and the prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disorders; and Orencia, a biological product for adult patients with moderately to severely active RA and prostate-specific antigen, as well as reducing signs and symptoms in certain pediatric patients with moderately to severely active polyarticular juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

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