Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) had its target price increased by analysts at Citigroup Inc from $92.00 to $100.00 in a report released on Wednesday. The brokerage presently has a “buy” rating on the stock. Citigroup Inc’s price target suggests a potential upside of 22.04% from the company’s previous close.

Other equities analysts also recently issued research reports about the company. Goldman Sachs Group Inc reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 target price (up previously from $82.00) on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Wednesday, December 21st. Zacks Investment Research raised Eli Lilly and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $86.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, January 24th. Jefferies Group LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Friday, February 17th. Barclays PLC upped their target price on Eli Lilly and from $80.00 to $85.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 1st. Finally, Credit Suisse Group AG reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Eli Lilly and in a research report on Tuesday, March 21st. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating, thirteen have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $88.70.

Analyst Recommendations for Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY)

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) opened at 81.94 on Wednesday. The firm has a market cap of $86.11 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.76 and a beta of 0.30. Eli Lilly and has a one year low of $64.18 and a one year high of $86.72. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $84.25 and its 200-day moving average price is $77.93.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, January 31st. The company reported $0.95 EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of $0.98 by $0.03. Eli Lilly and had a net margin of 12.90% and a return on equity of 24.74%. The firm earned $5.76 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.54 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $0.78 EPS. Eli Lilly and’s revenue for the quarter was up 7.2% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts forecast that Eli Lilly and will post $4.11 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other Eli Lilly and news, EVP Derica W. Rice sold 11,162 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, February 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $77.14, for a total transaction of $861,036.68. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 58,443 shares in the company, valued at $4,508,293.02. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, major shareholder Lilly Endowment Inc sold 210,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, March 30th. The stock was sold at an average price of $84.67, for a total value of $17,780,700.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 124,690,804 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $10,557,570,374.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 688,162 shares of company stock valued at $55,440,777 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LLY. First Command Financial Services Inc. boosted its stake in Eli Lilly and by 7.3% in the first quarter. First Command Financial Services Inc. now owns 1,227 shares of the company’s stock valued at $103,000 after buying an additional 84 shares during the last quarter. Integrated Wealth Management boosted its stake 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. Financial Architects Inc boosted 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 last quarter. Tarbox Group Inc. boosted its stake in Eli Lilly and by 0.7% in the third quarter. Tarbox Group Inc. now owns 1,539 shares of the company’s stock valued at $124,000 after buying an additional 11 shares during the last quarter. Finally, LeJeune Puetz Investment Counsel LLC acquired a new stake in Eli Lilly and during the fourth quarter valued at $136,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.15% 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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