Sanford C. Bernstein upgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report released on Friday morning, MarketBeat reports. They currently have $39.00 price objective on the stock, up from their prior price objective of $30.00.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. BidaskClub lowered Astrazeneca PLC from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Friday, August 4th. Liberum Capital lowered Astrazeneca PLC from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. Investec raised Astrazeneca PLC from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Pareto Securities raised Astrazeneca PLC from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 1st. Finally, Morgan Stanley lowered Astrazeneca PLC from an overweight rating to an equal weight rating in a research note on Friday, July 28th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $34.20.

Shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE AZN) opened at 34.02 on Friday. Astrazeneca PLC has a 52 week low of $25.55 and a 52 week high of $35.60. The company has a market capitalization of $86.14 billion, a PE ratio of 22.32 and a beta of 0.74. The company’s 50 day moving average is $30.33 and its 200-day moving average is $31.81.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The company reported $0.87 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.41 by $0.46. The company had revenue of $5.05 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.04 billion. Astrazeneca PLC had a return on equity of 35.90% and a net margin of 17.80%. The business’s revenue was down 9.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $0.83 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Astrazeneca PLC will post $1.91 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The firm also recently declared a None dividend, which was paid on Monday, September 11th. Shareholders of record on Friday, August 11th were issued a $0.44 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, August 9th. This represents a dividend yield of 2.98%. Astrazeneca PLC’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 44.92%.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. PVG Asset Management Corp bought a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC in the first quarter worth about $8,242,000. Liberty Mutual Group Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC in the first quarter worth about $890,000. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC in the first quarter worth about $12,038,000. Blair William & Co. IL increased its holdings in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 62.3% in the second quarter. Blair William & Co. IL now owns 42,117 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,436,000 after acquiring an additional 16,174 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new stake in shares of Astrazeneca PLC in the second quarter worth about $808,000. Institutional investors own 14.17% of the company’s stock.

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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