Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ) was downgraded by analysts at ValuEngine from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report issued on Thursday.

Several other research firms also recently commented on LAZ. BidaskClub raised shares of Lazard from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of Lazard from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Finally, Keefe, Bruyette & Woods reissued a “buy” rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of Lazard in a research report on Tuesday, May 9th. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $46.89.

Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) traded up 0.09% during trading on Thursday, reaching $42.19. The company had a trading volume of 640,376 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $5.47 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.95 and a beta of 1.84. Lazard has a 12 month low of $33.48 and a 12 month high of $48.86. The firm’s 50 day moving average is $45.31 and its 200-day moving average is $44.80.

Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The asset manager reported $0.98 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.18. The firm had revenue of $720.16 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $627.12 million. Lazard had a net margin of 17.39% and a return on equity of 39.33%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 32.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business posted $0.61 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Lazard will post $3.52 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other news, CFO Matthieu Bucaille sold 90,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $44.81, for a total value of $4,032,900.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Company insiders own 2.50% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Lazard by 68,589.3% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,603,906 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $349,704,000 after buying an additional 7,592,836 shares in the last quarter. LSV Asset Management increased its stake in shares of Lazard by 560.2% in the second quarter. LSV Asset Management now owns 3,428,390 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $158,837,000 after buying an additional 2,909,090 shares in the last quarter. BT Investment Management Ltd acquired a new stake in shares of Lazard during the second quarter valued at about $94,831,000. Westpac Banking Corp acquired a new stake in shares of Lazard during the first quarter valued at about $103,532,000. Finally, Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Lazard by 7.4% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 10,967,499 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $508,124,000 after buying an additional 750,941 shares in the last quarter. 69.05% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About Lazard

Lazard Ltd (Lazard) is a financial advisory and asset management company. The Company operates through two segments: Financial Advisory and Asset Management. It serves a range of clients around the world, including corporations, governments, institutions, partnerships and individuals. The Financial Advisory business segment offers corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients across the globe a range of financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other strategic matters, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising and various other financial matters to corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients.

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