Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) – Analysts at Leerink Swann lifted their Q3 2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a report issued on Monday. Leerink Swann analyst S. Fernandez now anticipates that the company will earn $0.60 per share for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of $0.54. Leerink Swann currently has a “Market Perform” rating and a $34.00 target price on the stock. Leerink Swann also issued estimates for Astrazeneca PLC’s FY2017 earnings at $2.07 EPS and FY2018 earnings at $1.84 EPS.

Other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. Argus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $35.00 target price on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a report on Friday, September 1st. Investec raised Astrazeneca PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a report on Wednesday, August 9th. Natixis raised Astrazeneca PLC from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. Finally, Sanford C. Bernstein reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a report on Friday, September 22nd. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Astrazeneca PLC presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $35.10.

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Shares of Astrazeneca PLC (AZN) opened at 34.39 on Tuesday. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $33.53 and a 200-day moving average price of $32.43. Astrazeneca PLC has a 1-year low of $25.55 and a 1-year high of $35.60. The company has a market cap of $87.08 billion, a PE ratio of 22.56 and a beta of 0.76.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.46. Astrazeneca PLC had a return on equity of 35.90% and a net margin of 17.80%. The business had revenue of $5.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.04 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.83 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.9% on a year-over-year basis.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Garrison Financial Corp raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 0.5% in the second quarter. Garrison Financial Corp now owns 18,058 shares of the company’s stock worth $616,000 after buying an additional 86 shares in the last quarter. Dorsey & Whitney Trust CO LLC raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 0.7% in the second quarter. Dorsey & Whitney Trust CO LLC now owns 13,315 shares of the company’s stock worth $454,000 after buying an additional 94 shares in the last quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 1.8% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 6,463 shares of the company’s stock worth $220,000 after buying an additional 115 shares in the last quarter. Atria Investments LLC raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 0.5% in the second quarter. Atria Investments LLC now owns 24,695 shares of the company’s stock worth $842,000 after buying an additional 129 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Financial Counselors Inc. raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 2.7% in the second quarter. Financial Counselors Inc. now owns 6,871 shares of the company’s stock worth $234,000 after buying an additional 182 shares in the last quarter. 14.18% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Astrazeneca PLC

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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