Diploma (LON:DPLM) had its target price upped by JPMorgan Chase & Co. from GBX 1,730 ($22.76) to GBX 1,760 ($23.15) in a report released on Thursday morning, Stock Target Advisor reports. JPMorgan Chase & Co. currently has a neutral rating on the stock.
Several other brokerages have also issued reports on DPLM. Royal Bank of Canada lowered shares of Diploma to an underperform rating and raised their price target for the stock from GBX 1,400 ($18.42) to GBX 1,500 ($19.73) in a research note on Friday, January 10th. HSBC raised their price target on shares of Diploma from GBX 1,605 ($21.11) to GBX 1,775 ($23.35) and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Monday. Peel Hunt restated a hold rating and set a GBX 1,650 ($21.70) price target on shares of Diploma in a research note on Wednesday. Barclays raised their price target on shares of Diploma from GBX 1,420 ($18.68) to GBX 1,500 ($19.73) and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 19th. Finally, Peel Hunt restated a hold rating and set a GBX 1,650 ($21.70) price target on shares of Diploma in a research note on Monday. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating and eight have issued a hold rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of GBX 1,582.50 ($20.82).
LON:DPLM traded up GBX 37 ($0.49) on Thursday, hitting GBX 1,937 ($25.48). The stock had a trading volume of 103,083 shares, compared to its average volume of 128,194. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 12.97, a quick ratio of 1.05 and a current ratio of 2.05. The stock has a market cap of $2.20 billion and a P/E ratio of 35.41. Diploma has a 1 year low of GBX 1,246 ($16.39) and a 1 year high of GBX 2,095.42 ($27.56). The firm’s fifty day simple moving average is GBX 1,968.48 and its two-hundred day simple moving average is GBX 1,683.48.
Diploma (LON:DPLM) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 18th. The company reported GBX 64.30 ($0.85) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of GBX 63.40 ($0.83) by GBX 0.90 ($0.01). Equities research analysts predict that Diploma will post 6497.0004788 EPS for the current year.
The business also recently declared a dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 22nd. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 28th will be paid a dividend of GBX 20.50 ($0.27) per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 28th. This represents a dividend yield of 1.15%. This is a positive change from Diploma’s previous dividend of $8.50. Diploma’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 0.53%.
In other Diploma news, insider Johnny Thomson acquired 8,173 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 16th. The stock was bought at an average cost of GBX 1,941 ($25.53) per share, with a total value of £158,637.93 ($208,679.20).
Diploma Company Profile
Diploma PLC, together with its subsidiaries, supplies specialized technical products and services in North America, Europe, and internationally. It operates through three business sectors: Life Sciences, Seals, and Controls. The Life Sciences sector supplies consumables and instruments for the diagnostic testing of blood, tissue, and other samples in hospital pathology and life sciences laboratories; electrosurgery and minimally invasive surgery equipment and consumables for use in hospital operating rooms; and surgical medical devices, and related consumables and services to GI endoscopy suites in hospitals and private clinics.
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