Recent Movements of Stock: Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN)


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According to an update released by analysts at Liberum Capital the broker has now set a "Buy" rating on shares of AstraZeneca PLC (LON:AZN) with a price target of 5100. Berenberg Bank reissued a buy rating on shares of AstraZeneca plc in a report on Tuesday, February 21st. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a GBX 6,000 ($72.39) price target on shares of AstraZeneca plc in a report on Wednesday, November 30th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the company. Jefferies International have set a target price of 5350 GBX on its stock.

Shares of AstraZeneca plc (NYSE:AZN) opened at 29.41 on Tuesday. The short ratio in the company's stock is documented at 3.85 and the short float is around of 1.08%.

AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) stock price ended its day with loss -0.31% and finalized at the price of $29.41. AstraZeneca plc has a 12 month low of $25.55 and a 12 month high of $35.04. The stock of AstraZeneca plc (LON:AZN) earned "Outperform" rating by BNP Paribas on Thursday, July 23. The difference between the expected and actual EPS was $0.02/share, which represents an Earnings surprise of 3.4%. The company had revenue of $5.59 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.43 billion. AstraZeneca PLC P/E (price to earnings) ratio is 21.43 and Forward P/E ratio of 15.06. The firm's revenue was down 12.7% compared to the same quarter a year ago. The stock next year first quarter current estimate trend for EPS was for $0.42 and on annual basis FY 2016 estimate trends at current was for $1.85 as compared to one month ago of $2.15, and for next year per share earnings estimates have $2.00.

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The firm also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 20th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, May 18th will be paid a GBX 43 ($0.53) dividend. It has a dividend yield of 6.46%.

On 2/10/2014 AstraZeneca plc announced a special dividend of $1.90 2.79% with an ex dividend date of 2/19/2014 which will be payable on 3/24/2014.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Pacad Investment Ltd. acquired a new position in shares of AstraZeneca plc during the fourth quarter worth $115,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 3,606 shares of the company's stock worth $118,000 after buying an additional 3,300 shares during the period. Finally, Premier Asset Managment LLC boosted its stake in shares of AstraZeneca plc by 83.9% in the third quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 1,977,585 shares of the company's stock worth $64,983,000 after buying an additional 1,638,606 shares during the last quarter.

Analysts' mean recommendation for AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) stands at 2.20.



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