Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA Target of Unusually Large Options Trading (BUD)

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (NYSE:BUD) was the target of unusually large options trading activity on Wednesday. Stock investors bought 446 call options on the stock. This represents an increase of 120% compared to the average daily volume of 203 call options.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA during the second quarter valued at approximately $101,000. Evercore Wealth Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA during the second quarter valued at approximately $104,000. Zions Bancorporation increased its position in shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA by 800.0% during the third quarter. Zions Bancorporation now owns 882 shares of the consumer goods maker’s stock valued at $106,000 after acquiring an additional 784 shares in the last quarter. BDO Wealth Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA during the second quarter valued at approximately $110,000. Finally, Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Co. bought a new stake in shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA during the third quarter valued at approximately $112,000. 5.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (BUD) opened at $114.99 on Friday. The stock has a market cap of $194,630.00, a P/E ratio of 33.46, a PEG ratio of 1.79 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a current ratio of 0.82, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA has a 1-year low of $98.28 and a 1-year high of $126.50.

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (NYSE:BUD) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The consumer goods maker reported $1.31 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.50 by ($0.19). The firm had revenue of $14.74 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $15 billion. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA had a net margin of 9.57% and a return on equity of 16.57%. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA’s revenue was up 26.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the business earned $0.83 EPS. sell-side analysts predict that Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA will post 4.22 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 7th. Investors of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be given a dividend of $1.8534 per share. This represents a dividend yield of 3.07%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 119.92%.

Several analysts have commented on BUD shares. Societe Generale lowered shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, November 6th. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc set a $111.00 price objective on shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, July 27th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $139.00 price objective on shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, July 29th. Argus started coverage on shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA in a report on Friday, September 8th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $136.00 price objective for the company. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, July 31st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and eight have issued a buy rating to the stock. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $127.39.

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Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA Company Profile

Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (AB InBev) is a Belgium-based company engaged in the brewers industry. The Company owns a portfolio of over 200 beer brands. The Company’s brand portfolio includes global brands, such as Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois; international brands, including Beck’s, Leffe and Hoegaarden, and local champions, such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Quilmes, Victoria, Modelo Especial, Michelob Ultra, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske, Cass and Jupiler.

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