Vetr Downgrades Gilead Sciences (GILD) to Buy
Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) was downgraded by investment analysts at Vetr from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday. They presently have a $90.00 price objective on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Vetr‘s target price indicates a potential upside of 10.11% from the stock’s previous close.
GILD has been the topic of several other reports. Berenberg Bank set a $96.00 target price on Gilead Sciences and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 19th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $85.00 target price on Gilead Sciences and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $82.00 price objective on shares of Gilead Sciences in a research report on Thursday, December 7th. Zacks Investment Research cut Gilead Sciences from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Finally, Argus cut Gilead Sciences from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and lifted their price objective for the company from $73.25 to $73.77 in a research report on Monday, November 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and eighteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $85.53.
Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ GILD) traded up $1.49 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $81.74. The company had a trading volume of 11,158,092 shares, compared to its average volume of 8,030,000. The company has a quick ratio of 3.56, a current ratio of 3.68 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.10. The company has a market capitalization of $106,750.00, a PE ratio of 9.30, a PEG ratio of -1.68 and a beta of 1.13. Gilead Sciences has a 12 month low of $63.76 and a 12 month high of $86.27.
In other news, EVP Gregg H. Alton sold 30,000 shares of Gilead Sciences stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, January 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $79.00, for a total transaction of $2,370,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 57,114 shares in the company, valued at $4,512,006. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, EVP Gregg H. Alton sold 15,000 shares of Gilead Sciences stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $74.82, for a total transaction of $1,122,300.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 77,363 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,788,299.66. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 491,666 shares of company stock valued at $36,442,567 over the last quarter. Company insiders own 1.30% of the company’s stock.
Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in GILD. Welch Investments LLC purchased a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $108,000. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC purchased a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $133,000. Horan Capital Advisors LLC. purchased a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 3rd quarter worth approximately $144,000. Hanson & Doremus Investment Management raised its holdings in Gilead Sciences by 806.5% in the 3rd quarter. Hanson & Doremus Investment Management now owns 1,813 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $147,000 after acquiring an additional 1,613 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Migdal Insurance & Financial Holdings Ltd. purchased a new position in Gilead Sciences in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $147,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 75.95% of the company’s stock.
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Gilead Sciences Company Profile
Gilead Sciences, Inc is a research-based biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes medicines in areas of unmet medical need. The Company’s portfolio of products and pipeline of investigational drugs includes treatments for Human Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS), liver diseases, cancer, inflammatory and respiratory diseases and cardiovascular conditions.
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