UBS AG set a $180.00 price objective on Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) in a research note released on Wednesday morning, www.benzinga.com reports. The brokerage currently has a hold rating on the medical research company’s stock.

A number of other analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $189.00 price objective on shares of Amgen and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. Mizuho set a $195.00 price objective on shares of Amgen and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, May 6th. Cowen and Company restated a buy rating and issued a $209.00 price objective on shares of Amgen in a research note on Thursday, April 27th. Vetr cut shares of Amgen from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating and set a $178.82 price objective for the company. in a research note on Monday, April 3rd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated a buy rating and issued a $198.00 price objective (down from $200.00) on shares of Amgen in a research note on Monday, May 22nd. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating, eleven have issued a buy rating and three have assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Amgen presently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $186.64.

Amgen (NASDAQ AMGN) traded up 1.39% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $174.54. 2,463,475 shares of the company were exchanged. The firm has a market cap of $127.36 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.90 and a beta of 1.36. Amgen has a one year low of $133.64 and a one year high of $184.21. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $172.48 and its 200-day moving average is $166.30.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) last posted its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The medical research company reported $3.27 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.11 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $5.81 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.67 billion. Amgen had a net margin of 35.46% and a return on equity of 29.85%. The company’s revenue was up 2.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $2.84 earnings per share. On average, equities analysts expect that Amgen will post $12.57 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 17th will be issued a $1.15 dividend. This represents a $4.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.64%. Amgen’s payout ratio is 41.93%.

In other news, SVP Cynthia M. Patton sold 2,922 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $154.40, for a total value of $451,156.80. Following the sale, the senior vice president now owns 24,214 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,738,641.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 0.20% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Camelot Portfolios LLC purchased a new stake in Amgen during the first quarter valued at $1,429,000. Private Asset Management Inc. raised its stake in Amgen by 117.8% in the first quarter. Private Asset Management Inc. now owns 3,591 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $589,000 after buying an additional 1,942 shares during the last quarter. Cadence Bank NA raised its stake in Amgen by 6.2% in the first quarter. Cadence Bank NA now owns 3,376 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $554,000 after buying an additional 197 shares during the last quarter. Stillwater Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Amgen during the first quarter valued at $202,000. Finally, DZ BANK AG Deutsche Zentral Genossenschafts Bank Frankfurt am Main purchased a new stake in Amgen during the fourth quarter valued at $275,209,000. 78.87% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Amgen

Amgen Inc is a biotechnology company. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers various human therapeutics. It operates in human therapeutics segment. Its marketed products portfolio includes Neulasta (pegfilgrastim); erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), such as Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and EPOGEN (epoetin alfa); Sensipar/Mimpara (cinacalcet); XGEVA (denosumab); Prolia (denosumab); NEUPOGEN (filgrastim), and other marketed products, such as KYPROLIS (carfilzomib), Vectibix (panitumumab), Nplate (romiplostim), Repatha (evolocumab), BLINCYTO (blinatumomab), IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec) and Corlanor (ivabradine).

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