Allergan plc (AGN) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Analysts

Shares of Allergan plc (NYSE:AGN) have received an average rating of “Hold” from the twenty-three ratings firms that are covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eight have issued a hold recommendation and twelve have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $228.69.

Several research firms have recently commented on AGN. Argus lowered shares of Allergan from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $256.80 to $160.07 in a report on Thursday, December 7th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $275.00 price target on shares of Allergan and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Sunday, October 22nd. Morgan Stanley lowered shares of Allergan from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and reduced their price target for the company from $284.00 to $228.00 in a report on Wednesday, September 20th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Allergan from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 17th. Finally, Vetr lowered shares of Allergan from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $187.73 price target for the company. in a report on Wednesday, December 6th.

In related news, insider William Meury sold 11,807 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $173.89, for a total transaction of $2,053,119.23. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher J. Coughlin acquired 10,000 shares of Allergan stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, December 5th. The shares were purchased at an average price of $163.30 per share, with a total value of $1,633,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders have purchased 17,630 shares of company stock valued at $2,890,057. 0.36% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of AGN. Howard Hughes Medical Institute bought a new position in shares of Allergan during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $103,000. Cable Hill Partners LLC increased its stake in Allergan by 255.2% during the 3rd quarter. Cable Hill Partners LLC now owns 515 shares of the company’s stock valued at $106,000 after purchasing an additional 370 shares in the last quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. increased its stake in Allergan by 283.7% during the 3rd quarter. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. now owns 541 shares of the company’s stock valued at $111,000 after purchasing an additional 400 shares in the last quarter. Massey Quick & Co. LLC increased its stake in Allergan by 334.8% during the 2nd quarter. Massey Quick & Co. LLC now owns 500 shares of the company’s stock valued at $122,000 after purchasing an additional 385 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Pacific Center for Financial Services increased its stake in Allergan by 1.3% during the 2nd quarter. Pacific Center for Financial Services now owns 541 shares of the company’s stock valued at $132,000 after purchasing an additional 7 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 81.14% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Allergan (AGN) opened at $170.56 on Tuesday. The stock has a market cap of $57,300.00, a PE ratio of -7.55, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.18 and a beta of 1.11. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.40, a current ratio of 1.18 and a quick ratio of 1.08. Allergan has a 52-week low of $160.07 and a 52-week high of $256.80.

Allergan (NYSE:AGN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported $4.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $4.06 by $0.09. The company had revenue of $4.03 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.04 billion. Allergan had a negative net margin of 47.27% and a positive return on equity of 8.00%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 11.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned $3.32 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Allergan will post 16.27 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, December 15th. Investors of record on Friday, November 17th were paid a dividend of $0.70 per share. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, November 16th. This represents a $2.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.64%. Allergan’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently -12.39%.

Allergan declared that its board has approved a stock repurchase program on Monday, September 25th that permits the company to buyback $2.00 billion in shares. This buyback authorization permits the company to reacquire up to 2.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are generally an indication that the company’s leadership believes its stock is undervalued.

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Allergan Company Profile

Allergan, Inc is a multi-specialty healthcare company. The Company focuses on developing and commercializing pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices and over-the-counter (OTC) products. It discovers, develops and commercializes a range of products for the ophthalmic, neurological, medical aesthetics, medical dermatology, breast aesthetics, urological and other specialty markets.

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