Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN)‘s stock had its “overweight” rating reiterated by analysts at Barclays PLC in a research report issued on Thursday.

A number of other brokerages have also recently commented on AZN. Leerink Swann restated an “outperform” rating and set a $36.00 price target (up from $33.00) on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research note on Wednesday, May 17th. UBS AG cut shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and dropped their price target for the company from $35.44 to $25.55 in a research note on Wednesday, April 5th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “hold” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research note on Monday, April 10th. BidaskClub cut shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC from an “underperform” rating to a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, May 12th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have given a hold rating and eleven have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $34.13.

Astrazeneca PLC (AZN) opened at 33.87 on Thursday. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $34.36 and its 200 day moving average is $30.51. Astrazeneca PLC has a one year low of $25.55 and a one year high of $35.60. The company has a market capitalization of $85.76 billion, a PE ratio of 25.37 and a beta of 0.77.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, April 27th. The company reported $0.99 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.61. The company had revenue of $5.41 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.40 billion. Astrazeneca PLC had a net margin of 15.21% and a return on equity of 35.65%. Astrazeneca PLC’s revenue was down 11.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.95 EPS. On average, analysts anticipate that Astrazeneca PLC will post $1.86 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. OLD National Bancorp IN bought a new position in shares of Astrazeneca PLC during the second quarter worth approximately $201,000. Eqis Capital Management Inc. raised its position in Astrazeneca PLC by 16.5% in the second quarter. Eqis Capital Management Inc. now owns 19,738 shares of the company’s stock valued at $673,000 after buying an additional 2,796 shares in the last quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. acquired a new position in Astrazeneca PLC during the second quarter valued at approximately $105,000. Fisher Asset Management LLC raised its position in Astrazeneca PLC by 476.9% in the second quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 11,081,856 shares of the company’s stock valued at $377,780,000 after buying an additional 9,160,764 shares in the last quarter. Finally, NEXT Financial Group Inc raised its position in Astrazeneca PLC by 1.8% in the second quarter. NEXT Financial Group Inc now owns 6,463 shares of the company’s stock valued at $220,000 after buying an additional 115 shares in the last quarter. 14.01% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Astrazeneca PLC

AstraZeneca PLC (AstraZeneca) is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on discovery and development of products, which are then manufactured, marketed and sold. The Company focuses on three main therapy areas: Oncology, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Disease (CVMD) and Respiratory, while selectively pursuing therapies in Autoimmunity, Infection and Neuroscience.

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