Astrazeneca PLC (AZN) Given a $38.00 Price Target at BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets set a $38.00 price objective on Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the stock.

AZN has been the topic of several other reports. Citigroup Inc. raised shares of Astrazeneca PLC to a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 18th. Piper Jaffray Companies reissued a buy rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Cowen and Company reissued a hold rating and issued a $34.00 target price on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Morgan Stanley downgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Astrazeneca PLC presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $34.20.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) opened at $33.46 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $83,500.00, a P/E ratio of 7.94, a PEG ratio of 3.14 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a quick ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09. Astrazeneca PLC has a 1 year low of $25.55 and a 1 year high of $35.60.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.55. The business had revenue of $6.23 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6 billion. Astrazeneca PLC had a net margin of 15.90% and a return on equity of 34.02%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the firm posted $1.32 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Astrazeneca PLC will post 1.93 EPS for the current year.

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Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Intl Fcstone Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 146.9% in the second quarter. Intl Fcstone Inc. now owns 32,549 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,110,000 after buying an additional 19,365 shares during the last quarter. Royal Bank of Canada lifted its stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 12.2% in the second quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 1,855,405 shares of the company’s stock worth $63,250,000 after buying an additional 201,885 shares during the last quarter. Assetmark Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 9.0% in the second quarter. Assetmark Inc. now owns 208,714 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,115,000 after buying an additional 17,306 shares during the last quarter. Blair William & Co. IL lifted its stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 62.3% in the second quarter. Blair William & Co. IL now owns 42,117 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,436,000 after buying an additional 16,174 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Buckingham Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC in the second quarter worth $792,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 14.16% of the company’s stock.

Astrazeneca PLC Company Profile

AstraZeneca PLC (AstraZeneca) is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on discovery and development of products, which are then manufactured, marketed and sold. The Company focuses on three main therapy areas: Oncology, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease (CVMD) and Respiratory, while selectively pursuing therapies in Autoimmunity, Infection and Neuroscience.

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