Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE:LLY) – Stock analysts at SunTrust Banks cut their FY2016 EPS estimates for Eli Lilly and in a report released on Wednesday. SunTrust Banks analyst J. Boris now forecasts that the brokerage will post earnings per share of $3.51 for the year, down from their previous estimate of $3.60. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Eli Lilly and’s FY2019 earnings at $5.05 EPS.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.96 by $0.08. The firm had revenue of $5.19 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $4.23 billion. Eli Lilly and had a return on equity of 23.71% and a net margin of 11.73%. The company’s revenue was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.89 EPS.

Earnings History and Estimates for Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY)

A number of other equities research analysts also recently issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets downgraded Eli Lilly and from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Citigroup Inc. reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Tuesday, November 8th. Jefferies Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $100.00 price target (down previously from $105.00) on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Friday, October 28th. Societe Generale reissued a “hold” rating and set a $78.00 price target on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Thursday, October 27th. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. reissued a “buy” rating and set a $95.00 price target on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Wednesday, October 26th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eighteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $95.39.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) traded down 10.51% during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $68.00. The stock had a trading volume of 53,975,853 shares. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $77.17 and its 200 day moving average price is $77.97. The company has a market capitalization of $71.92 billion, a PE ratio of 29.58 and a beta of 0.28. Eli Lilly and has a 52 week low of $64.18 and a 52 week high of $88.16.

The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 9th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, November 15th will be given a $0.51 dividend. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 3.00%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, November 10th. Eli Lilly and’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 88.70%.

In other news, insider Maria A. Crowe sold 2,248 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, October 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.37, for a total value of $182,919.76. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 94,319 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,674,737.03. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 0.20% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Iowa State Bank purchased a new stake in shares of Eli Lilly and during the second quarter valued at approximately $104,000. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Eli Lilly and by 22.3% in the third quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC now owns 1,345 shares of the company’s stock valued at $108,000 after buying an additional 245 shares in the last quarter. PineBridge Investments L.P. increased its stake in shares of Eli Lilly and by 208.6% in the second quarter. PineBridge Investments L.P. now owns 1,361 shares of the company’s stock valued at $108,000 after buying an additional 920 shares in the last quarter. Integrated Wealth Management increased its stake in shares of Eli Lilly and by 3.7% in the third quarter. Integrated Wealth Management now owns 1,389 shares of the company’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 50 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Financial Architects Inc increased its stake in shares of Eli Lilly and by 4.5% in the third quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 1,423 shares of the company’s stock valued at $114,000 after buying an additional 61 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 75.11% of the company’s stock.

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Eli Lilly and Company Profile

Eli Lilly and Company is engaged in drug manufacturing business. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and markets products in two segments: human pharmaceutical products and animal health products. The Company’s human pharmaceutical business segment sells medicines, which are discovered or developed by its scientists.

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