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Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) major shareholder Lilly Endowment Inc sold 245,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $62.68, for a total transaction of $15,356,600.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 133,825,804 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,388,201,395. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this link. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s shares are required to disclose their sales and purchases with the SEC.

LLY has been the subject of a number of recent research reports. Analysts at Morgan Stanley reiterated an “underweight” rating on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research note on Monday, June 2nd. They now have a $48.00 price target on the stock. Separately, analysts at Zacks reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research note on Friday, May 16th. They now have a $61.00 price target on the stock. Finally, analysts at Argus reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research note on Tuesday, April 29th. They now have a $64.00 price target on the stock. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the company. Eli Lilly and currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $60.46.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) traded down 0.06% on Thursday, hitting $62.96. The stock had a trading volume of 2,587,318 shares. Eli Lilly and has a one year low of $47.53 and a one year high of $63.10. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $59.70 and a 200-day moving average of $56.78. The company has a market cap of $67.537 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.61.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) last released its earnings data on Thursday, April 24th. The company reported $0.70 earnings per share for the quarter, meeting the analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.70. The company had revenue of $4.68 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.78 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.14 earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was down 16.4% on a year-over-year basis. Analysts expect that Eli Lilly and will post $2.78 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which is scheduled for Wednesday, September 10th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 15th will be given a dividend of $0.49 per share. This represents a $1.96 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.11%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 13th.

Eli Lilly and Company discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells products, in one business segment, pharmaceutical products.

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