Eli Lilly and Co. (NYSE:LLY)‘s stock had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by equities researchers at Leerink Swann in a research report issued on Saturday. They currently have a $92.00 price target on the stock, down from their prior price target of $102.00. Leerink Swann’s price objective points to a potential upside of 33.10% from the stock’s previous close.

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. BMO Capital Markets reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $94.00 price objective on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Monday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Eli Lilly and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $89.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, September 27th. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. upgraded Eli Lilly and from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price objective for the company from $89.00 to $95.00 in a research report on Tuesday, September 27th. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Tuesday, September 20th. Finally, Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price objective on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Wednesday, September 14th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seventeen have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $108.34.

Analyst Recommendations for Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY)

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) traded up 1.65% during trading on Friday, hitting $69.12. 8,620,682 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $76.69 and its 200-day moving average price is $77.92. Eli Lilly and has a 1-year low of $64.18 and a 1-year high of $88.16. The stock has a market cap of $73.11 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.07 and a beta of 0.28.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, October 25th. The company reported $0.88 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.96 by $0.08. Eli Lilly and had a net margin of 11.73% and a return on equity of 23.71%. The business earned $5.19 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.23 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.89 earnings per share. Eli Lilly and’s revenue for the quarter was up 4.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, analysts anticipate that Eli Lilly and will post $3.55 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, December 9th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 15th will be given a dividend of $0.51 per share. This represents a $2.04 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.95%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, November 10th. Eli Lilly and’s payout ratio is 88.70%.

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In other Eli Lilly and news, insider Maria A. Crowe sold 2,248 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, October 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $81.37, for a total transaction of $182,919.76. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 94,319 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,674,737.03. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Company insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Iowa State Bank purchased a new position in Eli Lilly and during the second quarter valued at $104,000. PineBridge Investments L.P. boosted its position in 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 during the last quarter. Tradewinds Capital Management LLC boosted its position in 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 during the last quarter. Integrated Wealth Management boosted its position in 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 during the last quarter. Finally, Financial Architects Inc raised its stake in 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 during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.11% of the company’s stock.

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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