Equities analysts predict that Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISRG) will post sales of $752.33 million for the current quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Seven analysts have made estimates for Intuitive Surgical’s earnings, with the highest sales estimate coming in at $759.10 million and the lowest estimate coming in at $744.00 million. Intuitive Surgical reported sales of $682.90 million during the same quarter last year, which indicates a positive year-over-year growth rate of 10.2%. The company is expected to report its next earnings results after the market closes on Thursday, October 19th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Intuitive Surgical will report full-year sales of $752.33 million for the current year, with estimates ranging from $2.89 billion to $3.05 billion. For the next fiscal year, analysts forecast that the company will post sales of $3.37 billion per share, with estimates ranging from $3.20 billion to $3.49 billion. Zacks’ sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that follow Intuitive Surgical.

Intuitive Surgical (NASDAQ:ISRG) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 20th. The medical equipment provider reported $0.66 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.64 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $756.20 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $724.51 million. Intuitive Surgical had a return on equity of 15.99% and a net margin of 28.44%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 12.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted $0.62 EPS.

Several research analysts have commented on the company. Vetr raised Intuitive Surgical from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $113.37 price objective on the stock in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Wedbush restated a “buy” rating on shares of Intuitive Surgical in a research note on Tuesday, October 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald initiated coverage on Intuitive Surgical in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. They set a “neutral” rating and a $111.11 target price for the company. Morgan Stanley restated an “overweight” rating and set a $118.89 target price (up from $105.56) on shares of Intuitive Surgical in a research note on Tuesday, July 25th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity restated a “hold” rating and set a $111.11 target price (up from $96.67) on shares of Intuitive Surgical in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $137.11.

In other Intuitive Surgical news, EVP Salvatore Brogna sold 899 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $1,001.90, for a total value of $900,708.10. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 570 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $571,083. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, SVP Mark J. Meltzer sold 500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, September 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $1,025.00, for a total transaction of $512,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 2,796 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,865,900. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 23,172 shares of company stock valued at $21,923,487 over the last quarter. Insiders own 2.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. lifted its holdings in Intuitive Surgical by 2,770.9% in the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,846,621 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $2,181,851,000 after acquiring an additional 2,747,465 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC lifted its holdings in Intuitive Surgical by 19.6% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 2,724,964 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $2,548,849,000 after acquiring an additional 447,397 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its holdings in Intuitive Surgical by 0.8% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,524,027 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $2,360,900,000 after acquiring an additional 20,210 shares during the last quarter. Koch Industries Inc. lifted its holdings in Intuitive Surgical by 202,917.0% in the second quarter. Koch Industries Inc. now owns 1,388,636 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $1,387,000 after acquiring an additional 1,387,952 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Edgewood Management LLC lifted its holdings in Intuitive Surgical by 38.8% in the first quarter. Edgewood Management LLC now owns 919,617 shares of the medical equipment provider’s stock worth $704,859,000 after acquiring an additional 257,165 shares during the last quarter. 31.41% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Intuitive Surgical (ISRG) opened at 353.55 on Tuesday. The firm has a market capitalization of $39.40 billion, a PE ratio of 50.80 and a beta of 0.39. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $347.28 and its 200 day moving average price is $310.58. Intuitive Surgical has a 52-week low of $203.57 and a 52-week high of $367.50.

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Intuitive Surgical Company Profile

Intuitive Surgical, Inc (Intuitive) designs, manufactures and markets da Vinci Surgical Systems, and related instruments and accessories. The Company’s da Vinci Surgical System consists of a surgeon’s console, a patient-side cart and a vision system. The da Vinci Surgical System translates a surgeon’s hand movements, which are performed on instrument controls at a console, into corresponding micro-movements of instruments positioned inside the patient through small incisions or ports.

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