CIBC Asset Management Inc increased its holdings in shares of Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) by 11.7% during the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 133,340 shares of the company’s stock after acquiring an additional 14,000 shares during the period. CIBC Asset Management Inc’s holdings in Astrazeneca PLC were worth $4,518,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

Several other institutional investors have also modified their holdings of AZN. Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its position in Astrazeneca PLC by 38.2% in the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 2,395,465 shares of the company’s stock valued at $81,661,000 after buying an additional 662,481 shares in the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its position in Astrazeneca PLC by 746.0% in the second quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 620,901 shares of the company’s stock valued at $21,167,000 after buying an additional 547,512 shares in the last quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC boosted its position in Astrazeneca PLC by 4.7% in the third quarter. Fisher Asset Management LLC now owns 11,601,573 shares of the company’s stock valued at $393,061,000 after buying an additional 519,717 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp acquired a new position in Astrazeneca PLC in the second quarter valued at about $14,536,000. Finally, Suffolk Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Astrazeneca PLC in the second quarter valued at about $12,591,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 14.16% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities analysts have commented on the stock. BMO Capital Markets set a $38.00 price target on shares of Astrazeneca PLC and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “buy” rating on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. BidaskClub lowered shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Cowen and Company restated a “hold” rating and issued a $37.00 price target on shares of Astrazeneca PLC in a research report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of Astrazeneca PLC from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research report on Monday, October 16th. Four research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have given a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $34.20.

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Shares of Astrazeneca PLC (AZN) opened at $33.39 on Thursday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.09, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a current ratio of 0.94. The firm has a market cap of $84,185.54, a P/E ratio of 7.94, a P/E/G ratio of 3.14 and a beta of 0.75. Astrazeneca PLC has a 12 month low of $25.55 and a 12 month high of $35.60.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.57 by $0.55. Astrazeneca PLC had a net margin of 15.90% and a return on equity of 34.02%. The business had revenue of $6.23 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $1.32 earnings per share. Astrazeneca PLC’s revenue for the quarter was up 9.4% compared to the same quarter last year. analysts predict that Astrazeneca PLC will post 1.93 EPS for the current year.

Astrazeneca PLC Company Profile

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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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN)

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