J P Morgan Chase & Co reissued their neutral rating on shares of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) in a research report released on Tuesday.

NVS has been the subject of several other reports. BidaskClub cut Novartis AG from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Friday, August 11th. Cowen and Company set a $90.00 target price on Novartis AG and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Zacks Investment Research cut Novartis AG from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Barclays PLC raised Novartis AG from an underweight rating to an equal weight rating in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Finally, Leerink Swann reissued a market perform rating and set a $83.00 target price on shares of Novartis AG in a research note on Thursday, June 22nd. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $84.13.

Novartis AG (NYSE NVS) opened at 86.13 on Tuesday. Novartis AG has a 52-week low of $66.93 and a 52-week high of $86.90. The company has a market cap of $201.79 billion, a P/E ratio of 31.45 and a beta of 0.73. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $85.22 and its 200-day moving average price is $81.80.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 18th. The company reported $1.22 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.16 by $0.06. Novartis AG had a return on equity of 15.51% and a net margin of 13.52%. The business had revenue of $12.24 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $12.20 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.23 earnings per share. The company’s revenue was down 1.8% on a year-over-year basis. On average, equities analysts predict that Novartis AG will post $4.75 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of NVS. City Holding Co. lifted its holdings in shares of Novartis AG by 4.6% in the 2nd quarter. City Holding Co. now owns 1,217 shares of the company’s stock valued at $102,000 after purchasing an additional 54 shares during the last quarter. WFG Advisors LP lifted its holdings in shares of Novartis AG by 38.1% in the 2nd quarter. WFG Advisors LP now owns 1,221 shares of the company’s stock valued at $102,000 after purchasing an additional 337 shares during the last quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Novartis AG by 72.3% in the 1st quarter. Archford Capital Strategies LLC now owns 1,480 shares of the company’s stock valued at $110,000 after purchasing an additional 621 shares during the last quarter. Kernodle & Katon Asset Management Group LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Novartis AG by 3.4% in the 1st quarter. Kernodle & Katon Asset Management Group LLC now owns 1,488 shares of the company’s stock valued at $111,000 after purchasing an additional 49 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Massey Quick & Co. LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Novartis AG in the 1st quarter valued at about $119,000. 10.92% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Novartis AG Company Profile

Novartis AG is a holding company, which provides healthcare solutions. The Company is engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of a range of healthcare products led by pharmaceuticals. The Company’s segments include Innovative Medicines, Sandoz, Alcon and Corporate activities.

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