Shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the twenty-eight analysts that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat.com reports. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and twelve have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $33.68.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on AZN shares. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reiterated a “sell” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Barclays PLC reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Leerink Swann downgraded Astrazeneca PLC from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and cut their price objective for the company from $36.00 to $31.00 in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Astrazeneca PLC from a “strong-buy” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets started coverage on Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Wednesday, September 6th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $38.00 price objective for the company.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Meeder Asset Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC during the second quarter worth $105,000. Salem Investment Counselors Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC during the first quarter worth $107,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC grew its stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 3,782.0% during the first quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 3,882 shares of the company’s stock worth $121,000 after purchasing an additional 3,782 shares during the period. WFG Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 36.0% during the second quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 3,716 shares of the company’s stock worth $127,000 after purchasing an additional 984 shares during the period. Finally, Parallel Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 27.1% during the first quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 4,526 shares of the company’s stock worth $138,000 after purchasing an additional 964 shares during the period. 14.18% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE AZN) traded down 0.28% on Friday, hitting $32.53. The stock had a trading volume of 3,100,668 shares. The firm has a market cap of $82.37 billion, a P/E ratio of 21.34 and a beta of 0.74. Astrazeneca PLC has a 1-year low of $25.55 and a 1-year high of $35.60. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $30.20 and its 200-day moving average price is $31.74.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.46. Astrazeneca PLC had a return on equity of 35.90% and a net margin of 17.80%. The firm had revenue of $5.05 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.04 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $0.83 EPS. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.9% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts predict that Astrazeneca PLC will post $1.90 earnings per share for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a None dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 11th. Investors of record on Friday, August 11th were paid a dividend of $0.44 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, August 9th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.98%. Astrazeneca PLC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.92%.

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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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