Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) will be posting its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, October 18th. Analysts expect Walgreens Boots Alliance to post earnings of $1.21 per share for the quarter.

Shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) opened at 69.85 on Wednesday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $79.43 and its 200-day moving average is $80.94. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. has a one year low of $69.28 and a one year high of $89.69. The company has a market cap of $74.75 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.64 and a beta of 1.25.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, September 12th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 18th were given a $0.40 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 16th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.29%. This is a boost from Walgreens Boots Alliance’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.38. Walgreens Boots Alliance’s dividend payout ratio is presently 40.30%.

Walgreens Boots Alliance announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Thursday, June 29th that allows the company to buyback $5.00 billion in outstanding shares. This buyback authorization allows the pharmacy operator to buy up to 5.9% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares buyback programs are typically a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

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Several brokerages have recently issued reports on WBA. Royal Bank Of Canada began coverage on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research report on Tuesday, September 19th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $96.00 price target on the stock. Needham & Company LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $94.00 price target on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research report on Saturday, September 16th. BidaskClub cut shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price target on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research report on Thursday, September 7th. Finally, UBS AG reissued a “buy” rating and set a $96.00 price target (down previously from $97.00) on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research report on Wednesday, August 23rd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $91.31.

In other Walgreens Boots Alliance news, Director William C. Foote sold 2,736 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.79, for a total value of $218,305.44. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 19,151 shares in the company, valued at $1,528,058.29. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 13.50% of the company’s stock.

Walgreens Boots Alliance Company Profile

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc (Walgreens Boots Alliance) is a holding company. The Company is a global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Walgreens Boots Alliance operates through three divisions, including Retail Pharmacy USA, Retail Pharmacy International and Pharmaceutical Wholesale. The Company’s products are marketed under a number of brands, which include No7, the Botanics range, Almus (generic medicines), Boots Pharmaceuticals and Soap & Glory (bathing and beauty brand).

Earnings History for Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA)

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