Wolverine Asset Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Shire PLC (NASDAQ:SHPG) during the second quarter, HoldingsChannel reports. The fund purchased 1,000 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock, valued at approximately $168,000.

A number of other large investors have also modified their holdings of SHPG. Rockefeller Capital Management L.P. purchased a new stake in Shire during the first quarter worth about $113,097,000. LMR Partners LLP purchased a new stake in Shire during the second quarter worth about $55,664,000. SG Americas Securities LLC increased its stake in Shire by 1,634.4% during the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 193,547 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $32,671,000 after purchasing an additional 182,388 shares during the period. Prosight Management LP purchased a new stake in Shire during the first quarter worth about $21,828,000. Finally, Delek Group Ltd. increased its stake in Shire by 101.0% during the first quarter. Delek Group Ltd. now owns 252,750 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $37,797,000 after purchasing an additional 127,000 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 17.86% of the company’s stock.

SHPG stock opened at $176.94 on Monday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45, a quick ratio of 1.02 and a current ratio of 1.55. Shire PLC has a fifty-two week low of $123.73 and a fifty-two week high of $177.75. The company has a market cap of $52.51 billion, a P/E ratio of 11.68, a PEG ratio of 1.53 and a beta of 1.22.

Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, July 31st. The biopharmaceutical company reported $3.88 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.67 by $0.21. Shire had a net margin of 31.06% and a return on equity of 13.22%. The firm had revenue of $3.92 billion for the quarter. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $3.73 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. analysts anticipate that Shire PLC will post 15.27 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a dividend, which will be paid on Friday, October 19th. Investors of record on Friday, September 7th will be paid a dividend of $0.168 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 6th. Shire’s payout ratio is 2.24%.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. Evercore ISI lowered shares of Shire from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $196.00 price target on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, September 4th. Sanford C. Bernstein lowered shares of Shire from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Tuesday, September 4th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Shire from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, August 24th. Royal Bank of Canada set a $188.00 price target on shares of Shire and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 19th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Shire from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and ten have issued a buy rating to the company. Shire has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $200.75.

Shire Company Profile

Shire plc, a biotechnology company, researches, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, distributes, and sells medicines for rare diseases and other specialized conditions worldwide. The company offers products in therapeutic areas, including hematology, genetic diseases, neuroscience, immunology, internal medicine, ophthalmology, and oncology.

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Institutional Ownership by Quarter for Shire (NASDAQ:SHPG)

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