Astrazeneca PLC (AZN) Lowered to Sell at BidaskClub

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) was downgraded by BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday, July 24th.

Other research analysts have also issued reports about the company. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “hold” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Monday, April 10th. Credit Suisse Group raised Astrazeneca PLC from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research report on Friday, May 12th. UBS AG lowered Astrazeneca PLC from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their target price for the company from $35.44 to $25.55 in a research report on Wednesday, April 5th. Leerink Swann reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $36.00 price target (up previously from $33.00) on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research note on Wednesday, May 17th. Finally, Barclays PLC reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research note on Thursday, July 13th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Astrazeneca PLC has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $33.39.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) opened at 29.12 on Monday. The company has a market capitalization of $73.73 billion, a PE ratio of 19.10 and a beta of 0.74. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $31.67 and its 200 day moving average price is $31.48. Astrazeneca PLC has a 52 week low of $25.55 and a 52 week high of $35.60.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.41 by $0.46. The business had revenue of $5.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.04 billion. Astrazeneca PLC had a return on equity of 35.90% and a net margin of 17.80%. Astrazeneca PLC’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the company earned $0.83 EPS. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Astrazeneca PLC will post $1.86 EPS for the current year.

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Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Hudock Capital Group LLC raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 0.4% in the first quarter. Hudock Capital Group LLC now owns 6,773 shares of the company’s stock worth $210,000 after buying an additional 27 shares in the last quarter. First Financial Bank N.A. Trust Division raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 0.7% in the first quarter. First Financial Bank N.A. Trust Division now owns 7,517 shares of the company’s stock worth $234,000 after buying an additional 50 shares in the last quarter. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 0.7% in the first quarter. Beacon Investment Advisory Services Inc. now owns 7,571 shares of the company’s stock worth $236,000 after buying an additional 54 shares in the last quarter. 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. Finally, Parkside Financial Bank & Trust raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 1.3% in the first quarter. Parkside Financial Bank & Trust now owns 7,040 shares of the company’s stock worth $219,000 after buying an additional 90 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 14.30% of the company’s stock.

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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