GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of GlaxoSmithKline PLC (NYSE:GSK) have been given an average recommendation of “Hold” by the twenty-two ratings firms that are presently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and ten have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $45.67.

Several research firms have issued reports on GSK. Citigroup Inc. restated a “neutral” rating on shares of GlaxoSmithKline PLC in a research note on Thursday, July 27th. J P Morgan Chase & Co restated a “neutral” rating on shares of GlaxoSmithKline PLC in a research note on Wednesday, May 31st. TheStreet cut shares of GlaxoSmithKline PLC from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 26th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of GlaxoSmithKline PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $47.00 target price on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, July 18th. Finally, Berenberg Bank upgraded shares of GlaxoSmithKline PLC from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, May 26th.

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GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK) traded down 0.37% during mid-day trading on Tuesday, reaching $40.15. 2,272,250 shares of the company were exchanged. GlaxoSmithKline PLC has a one year low of $37.20 and a one year high of $44.59. The company has a market capitalization of $98.13 billion, a PE ratio of 39.60 and a beta of 1.03. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $42.44 and a 200 day moving average price of $41.81.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC (NYSE:GSK) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The pharmaceutical company reported $0.70 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.68 by $0.02. The business had revenue of $9.36 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.52 billion. GlaxoSmithKline PLC had a net margin of 6.48% and a return on equity of 114.93%. Analysts predict that GlaxoSmithKline PLC will post $2.85 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, October 12th. Investors of record on Friday, August 11th will be issued a $0.491 dividend. This represents a $1.96 annualized dividend and a yield of 4.89%. This is a positive change from GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.46. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 9th. GlaxoSmithKline PLC’s dividend payout ratio is currently 194.00%.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Capstone Asset Management Co. raised its stake in GlaxoSmithKline PLC by 6.7% in the first quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 102,668 shares of the pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $4,328,000 after buying an additional 6,420 shares in the last quarter. Jacobs & Co. CA raised its stake in GlaxoSmithKline PLC by 5.6% in the first quarter. Jacobs & Co. CA now owns 80,093 shares of the pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $3,376,000 after buying an additional 4,270 shares in the last quarter. Regentatlantic Capital LLC purchased a new stake in GlaxoSmithKline PLC during the first quarter valued at about $268,000. Bank of Montreal Can raised its stake in GlaxoSmithKline PLC by 8.8% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 128,238 shares of the pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $5,407,000 after buying an additional 10,412 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Highland Capital Management LLC raised its stake in GlaxoSmithKline PLC by 13.7% in the first quarter. Highland Capital Management LLC now owns 79,249 shares of the pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $3,341,000 after buying an additional 9,520 shares in the last quarter. 8.96% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

GlaxoSmithKline PLC Company Profile

GlaxoSmithKline plc is a global healthcare company. The Company operates through three segments: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. The Company focuses on its research across six areas: Respiratory diseases, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/infectious diseases, Vaccines, Immuno-inflammation, Oncology and Rare diseases.

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