Jefferies raised the price target for the AstraZeneca PLC (NASDAQ:AZN) stock from “a Hold” to “a Buy”. The rating was released on March 16, 2021. We previously noted in another research note published on February 25, 2021 by UBS that upgraded the stock from a Neutral to a Buy for AZN stock. The research report from Deutsche Bank has initiated the stock to Buy. The stock was upgraded by Morgan Stanley, who disclosed in a research note on December 07, 2020, from Equal-Weight to Overweight. In their research brief published November 30, 2020, UBS analysts upgraded the AstraZeneca PLC stock from Sell to Neutral.
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Historical Earnings Surprises and Revenue Forecasts
Profit is the most critical financial performance measure. Every investor in a business is looking forward to the earnings report as stock price to increase when earnings exceed market expectations and progressively decrease when earnings do not meet expectations. The firm reported an earnings per share (EPS) of $0.53 during the last quarter as opposed to a consensus estimate of $0.68, which indicates the company missed its estimate by -$0.15, which implies that the company surprised the market by -22.10%. It appears that the average earnings per share estimate for the current quarter (ending in Mar 2021) is $0. This is an average of 0 analysts’ earnings, where the high earnings per share estimate is $0 and the low earnings per share estimate is $0. According to 2 analyst estimates, an average revenue estimate of $7.22B is projected for the current quarter with a high revenue estimate of $7.59B and a low estimate of $6.86B.
The latest trade, Performances and Moving Averages give us the following Picture
The share price of AstraZeneca PLC (NASDAQ:AZN) raised 1.87% to close Thursday’s market session at $49.70, higher as compared to yesterday’s close. The stock price fluctuated between $48.81 and $49.79 throughout the trading session with the volume trading being 6797458 shares, which represented a significant variation when compared to the three months average volume of 11.76 million shares. The firm’s stock price fluctuated 0.75% within the last five trades and -0.80% within the last 30 trades, which was a significant change from the beginning of this year. Despite the fact that the share price decreased -10.71% in the last 6 months and 1.99% was added to its value over the previous 3 months. AZN stock is trading at a margin of 1.77%, -1.06% and -6.32% apart from the 20-Day, 50-Day and 200-Day Simple Moving Average prices.
As of the close of trading, AZN deals in the Healthcare domain. The stock is trading -23.47 percent below its 52-week high and 26.21 percent above its 52-week low. For example, looking both at the price and the high and low measurements of 52 weeks will give you a clearer picture of the direction the price is heading. The firm’s Weighted Alpha is 7.58. A positive weighted alpha indicates the firm has done well over the course of the year, whereas one below 0 indicates that the firm has done poorly.
What Does AstraZeneca PLC’s Profitability and Valuation Ratios Tell Us About the Stock?
With regard to the profitability of the company, the operating margin is currently at 19.40 percent and the profit margin is 12.00 percent, and the company has reported a gross margin of 80.00 percent. The profit margin, also known as the revenue ratio or gross profit ratio, is an efficiency figure used to estimate the business’s profitability by comparing net income and sales. The higher the number, the more profits are generated for the company and vice versa.
The stock’s market cap achieved a total value of $131.95 billion as of the last trading session. Market capitalization is the total value of all outstanding shares of a corporation and it is used to measure a company’s market value. The price-to-earnings ratio for AstraZeneca PLC (NASDAQ:AZN) is 40.84. The price-to-earnings ratio is a method of assessing corporate values by comparing them to their per-share profit. Forward P/E stands at 15.18. Forward price-to-earnings is calculated using predicted earnings for the next financial year’s P/E determination. The stock has achieved an effective Price-to-Sales Ratio of 4.96 that mirrors the cost to be found for sales by the market. The firm managed a Price-to-Book ratio of 8.35, which equates the market value of a stock with its book value.
Is Insider Trading a Real Thing?
Almost all investors and traders prefer to invest in shares controlled by the management of a corporation as a management company will be more likely to run the business itself and to never conduct things against the management’s desires and will always try to do what is best for their shareholders. Currently, 0.50 percent of AstraZeneca PLC shares are owned by insiders, and 15.70 percent are held by financial institutions.