Equities analysts expect Quintiles Transitional Holdings Inc. (NYSE:Q) to report earnings of $1.14 per share for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Nine analysts have provided estimates for Quintiles Transitional Holdings’ earnings. The highest EPS estimate is $1.16 and the lowest is $1.13. Quintiles Transitional Holdings reported earnings of $1.00 per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year over year growth rate of 14%. The firm is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Quintiles Transitional Holdings will report full-year earnings of $4.57 per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.53 to $4.62. For the next year, analysts expect that the firm will post earnings of $5.22 per share, with EPS estimates ranging from $4.85 to $5.50. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that that provide coverage for Quintiles Transitional Holdings.

Quintiles Transitional Holdings (NYSE:Q) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The medical research company reported $1.09 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.05 by $0.04. Quintiles Transitional Holdings had a net margin of 0.82% and a return on equity of 15.68%. The firm had revenue of $1.97 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.96 billion. During the same quarter last year, the company posted $0.93 earnings per share. Quintiles Transitional Holdings’s revenue was up 68.7% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on Q. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $101.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Citigroup Inc. upped their target price on shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings from $96.00 to $97.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research report on Monday. William Blair upgraded shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $70.10 to $93.42 in a research report on Friday. Barclays PLC set a $100.00 target price on shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $94.00 target price on shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings in a research report on Friday. Eleven investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. Quintiles Transitional Holdings has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $89.94.

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In related news, Director Jack M. Greenberg sold 6,092 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.50, for a total transaction of $502,590.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 2,930 shares in the company, valued at $241,725. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Cpp Investment Board Private H sold 7,131,165 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.01, for a total transaction of $599,089,171.65. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 8,850,560 shares of company stock valued at $744,110,641 in the last 90 days. 6.40% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. John G Ullman & Associates Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings during the first quarter worth approximately $290,000. ProShare Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings during the first quarter worth approximately $229,000. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. boosted its stake in shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings by 31.5% in the first quarter. Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. now owns 22,313 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $1,797,000 after buying an additional 5,340 shares in the last quarter. State of Alaska Department of Revenue purchased a new stake in shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings during the first quarter worth approximately $244,000. Finally, DnB Asset Management AS boosted its stake in shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings by 3.3% in the first quarter. DnB Asset Management AS now owns 89,621 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $7,217,000 after buying an additional 2,900 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.83% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Quintiles Transitional Holdings (NYSE Q) traded down 0.57% during midday trading on Tuesday, hitting $90.67. 973,175 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average price of $89.50 and a 200 day moving average price of $82.85. The firm has a market capitalization of $19.95 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 200.60 and a beta of 0.64. Quintiles Transitional Holdings has a 1-year low of $70.10 and a 1-year high of $92.54.

Quintiles Transitional Holdings declared that its Board of Directors has approved a stock buyback program on Wednesday, May 24th that allows the company to buyback $1.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization allows the medical research company to reacquire up to 5.4% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s management believes its stock is undervalued.

Quintiles Transitional Holdings Company Profile

Quintiles IMS Holdings, Inc, formerly Quintiles Transnational Holdings Inc, provides integrated information and technology-enabled healthcare services. The Company operates through segments, including Commercial Solutions; Research & Development Solutions, and Integrated Engagement Services. The Commercial Solutions segment offerings include national information offerings, sub-national information offerings, technology solutions, and workflow analytics and consulting services.

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