Zoetis Inc. (NYSE:ZTS) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the nineteen analysts that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, five have given a hold recommendation and thirteen have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 12-month target price among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $67.93.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on ZTS. Zacks Investment Research raised Zoetis from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $71.00 price target for the company in a report on Thursday, October 12th. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 price target on shares of Zoetis in a report on Wednesday, September 6th. BidaskClub downgraded Zoetis from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, October 6th. Morgan Stanley upped their price target on Zoetis from $61.00 to $70.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a report on Friday, November 3rd. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies set a $73.00 price target on Zoetis and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 25th.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of ZTS. FineMark National Bank & Trust acquired a new stake in shares of Zoetis in the second quarter valued at approximately $210,000. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. raised its stake in shares of Zoetis by 1.3% during the second quarter. Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc. now owns 4,201 shares of the company’s stock worth $262,000 after purchasing an additional 55 shares during the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can raised its stake in shares of Zoetis by 23.1% during the second quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 421,620 shares of the company’s stock worth $26,270,000 after purchasing an additional 79,163 shares during the last quarter. Bbva Compass Bancshares Inc. raised its stake in shares of Zoetis by 4.9% during the second quarter. Bbva Compass Bancshares Inc. now owns 6,029 shares of the company’s stock worth $376,000 after purchasing an additional 283 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Kornitzer Capital Management Inc. KS raised its stake in shares of Zoetis by 0.8% during the second quarter. Kornitzer Capital Management Inc. KS now owns 168,850 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,533,000 after purchasing an additional 1,385 shares during the last quarter. 93.33% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Zoetis (ZTS) traded up $0.12 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $70.97. 1,507,421 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,772,501. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.45, a current ratio of 2.80 and a quick ratio of 1.95. Zoetis has a 12-month low of $49.79 and a 12-month high of $72.79. The stock has a market capitalization of $34,607.21, a price-to-earnings ratio of 32.58, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.13 and a beta of 1.06.

Zoetis (NYSE:ZTS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 2nd. The company reported $0.65 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.63 by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $1.35 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.32 billion. Zoetis had a return on equity of 62.39% and a net margin of 18.29%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 8.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.52 earnings per share. sell-side analysts forecast that Zoetis will post 2.37 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 1st. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 9th were issued a $0.105 dividend. This represents a $0.42 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 0.59%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, November 8th. Zoetis’s payout ratio is currently 22.11%.

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About Zoetis

Zoetis Inc is engaged in the discovery, development, manufacture and commercialization of animal health medicines and vaccines, with a focus on both livestock and companion animals. The Company has a business, commercializing products across eight core species: cattle, swine, poultry, sheep and fish (collectively, livestock) and dogs, cats and horses (collectively, companion animals), and within five product categories: anti-infectives, vaccines, parasiticides, medicated feed additives and other pharmaceuticals.

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