Shares of Smiths Group plc (LON:SMIN) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the twelve brokerages that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is GBX 1,579 ($20.63).

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on SMIN shares. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised shares of Smiths Group to an “overweight” rating and raised their price objective for the stock from GBX 1,660 ($21.69) to GBX 1,760 ($23.00) in a research note on Wednesday, July 24th. Liberum Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Smiths Group in a research note on Friday, June 7th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating on shares of Smiths Group in a research note on Wednesday, July 3rd. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Smiths Group in a research note on Wednesday, July 10th. Finally, Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “equal weight” rating on shares of Smiths Group in a research note on Thursday, July 11th.

In related news, insider George Buckley purchased 763 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 1st. The shares were purchased at an average price of GBX 1,641 ($21.44) per share, with a total value of £12,520.83 ($16,360.68).

Shares of LON SMIN traded up GBX 24 ($0.31) during midday trading on Friday, reaching GBX 1,554 ($20.31). 907,194 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,190,000. The firm has a market cap of $6.15 billion and a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.26. Smiths Group has a twelve month low of GBX 1,257 ($16.42) and a twelve month high of GBX 1,676.50 ($21.91). The firm has a 50-day simple moving average of GBX 1,591.72 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of GBX 1,508.29. The company has a quick ratio of 1.66, a current ratio of 2.36 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 65.38.

About Smiths Group

Smiths Group plc operates as a technology company severing the medical technology, security and defense, general industrial, oil and gas, and space and commercial aerospace markets worldwide. The company operates in five divisions: John Crane, Smiths Medical, Smiths Detection, Smiths Interconnect, and Flex-Tek.

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