BB&T Corp increased its position in shares of Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) by 5.6% during the second quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The firm owned 87,248 shares of the medical research company’s stock after buying an additional 4,627 shares during the period. BB&T Corp’s holdings in Amgen were worth $15,027,000 as of its most recent filing with the SEC.

A number of other large investors also recently modified their holdings of AMGN. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its stake in shares of Amgen by 2.3% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 8,555,356 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $1,403,676,000 after buying an additional 195,200 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. increased its stake in shares of Amgen by 1.6% in the first quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 2,894,780 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $474,947,000 after buying an additional 45,403 shares during the period. Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in shares of Amgen by 10.5% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 2,837,456 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $465,543,000 after buying an additional 269,586 shares during the period. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. increased its stake in shares of Amgen by 3.1% in the first quarter. UBS Asset Management Americas Inc. now owns 2,719,874 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $446,250,000 after buying an additional 81,362 shares during the period. Finally, Swiss National Bank increased its stake in shares of Amgen by 26.5% in the first quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 2,636,008 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $432,490,000 after buying an additional 551,600 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 79.53% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ AMGN) traded down 1.94% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $170.19. The stock had a trading volume of 951,359 shares. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $174.67 and its 200 day moving average is $167.36. The firm has a market cap of $124.18 billion, a PE ratio of 15.50 and a beta of 1.35. Amgen Inc. has a 12 month low of $133.64 and a 12 month high of $184.21.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The medical research company reported $3.27 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.11 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $5.81 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate 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 quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $2.84 earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Amgen Inc. will post $12.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, September 8th. Investors of record on Thursday, August 17th will be paid a dividend of $1.15 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, August 15th. This represents a $4.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.65%. Amgen’s payout ratio is currently 41.93%.

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AMGN has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. ValuEngine downgraded Amgen from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. restated an “outperform” rating and set a $203.00 price objective (up from $189.00) on shares of Amgen in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. BidaskClub upgraded Amgen from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. BMO Capital Markets downgraded Amgen from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Finally, Argus upped their price objective on Amgen from $180.00 to $195.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating, twelve have issued a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $186.64.

In related news, SVP Cynthia M. Patton sold 2,922 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $154.40, for a total transaction of $451,156.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 24,214 shares in the company, valued at $3,738,641.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Insiders own 0.20% of the company’s stock.

Amgen Company Profile

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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