Barclays PLC reaffirmed their overweight rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) in a research report released on Thursday, July 13th.

AZN has been the subject of a number of other reports. Leerink Swann reaffirmed an outperform rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a report on Monday, March 20th. UBS AG downgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a buy rating to a neutral rating and lowered their price target for the stock from $35.44 to $25.55 in a research note on Wednesday, April 5th. HSBC Holdings plc downgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a hold rating to a reduce rating in a research note on Friday, April 7th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a hold rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research note on Monday, April 10th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group raised shares of Astrazeneca PLC from an underperform rating to a neutral rating in a research note on Friday, May 12th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $33.39.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE AZN) opened at 30.06 on Thursday. Astrazeneca PLC has a 52-week low of $25.55 and a 52-week high of $35.60. The company has a market cap of $76.11 billion, a P/E ratio of 19.72 and a beta of 0.74. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $33.57 and its 200 day moving average price is $31.37.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.46. The firm had revenue of $5.05 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.04 billion. Astrazeneca PLC had a net margin of 17.80% and a return on equity of 35.90%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was down 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the business earned $0.83 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that Astrazeneca PLC will post $1.85 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently disclosed a None dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 11th. Stockholders of record on Friday, August 11th will be paid a $0.44 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, August 9th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.98%. Astrazeneca PLC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.92%.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Quadrant Capital Group LLC boosted its position in Astrazeneca PLC by 157.1% in the first quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC now owns 4,591 shares of the company’s stock valued at $138,000 after buying an additional 2,805 shares during the last quarter. Creative Planning boosted its position in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 9.8% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 45,321 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,411,000 after buying an additional 4,040 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. boosted its position in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 36.2% in the first quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 53,434 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,664,000 after buying an additional 14,216 shares during the last quarter. Fulton Bank N.A. raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 44.5% in the first quarter. Fulton Bank N.A. now owns 37,404 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,164,000 after buying an additional 11,520 shares during the period. Finally, CENTRAL TRUST Co raised its stake in Astrazeneca PLC by 2.1% in the first quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 4,499 shares of the company’s stock valued at $140,000 after buying an additional 91 shares during the period. 14.33% 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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