Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) Given Neutral Rating at J P Morgan Chase & Co

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)‘s stock had its “neutral” rating reaffirmed by stock analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co in a report issued on Tuesday, October 31st.

Several other research analysts also recently commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Novartis AG from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Barclays PLC downgraded Novartis AG from an “equal weight” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, October 25th. Leerink Swann boosted their price target on Novartis AG from $89.00 to $91.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. BidaskClub upgraded Novartis AG from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, August 19th. Finally, Cowen and Company set a $90.00 price target on Novartis AG and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $85.32.

Novartis AG (NVS) traded up $0.96 during trading hours on Tuesday, hitting $83.98. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,545,668 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,313,796. The firm has a market cap of $198,662.67, a price-to-earnings ratio of 17.68, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 2.68 and a beta of 0.72. Novartis AG has a 52-week low of $66.93 and a 52-week high of $86.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.32, a current ratio of 1.08 and a quick ratio of 0.81.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The company reported $1.29 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.25 by $0.04. Novartis AG had a return on equity of 15.77% and a net margin of 13.73%. The company had revenue of $12.41 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $12.21 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted $1.23 EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.4% compared to the same quarter last year. equities research analysts forecast that Novartis AG will post 4.75 EPS for the current year.

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Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of NVS. Alliancebernstein L.P. raised its holdings in shares of Novartis AG by 34.4% during the 1st quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 55,021 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,086,000 after buying an additional 14,081 shares in the last quarter. Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Novartis AG by 9.1% during the 1st quarter. Schafer Cullen Capital Management Inc. now owns 2,547,314 shares of the company’s stock worth $189,189,000 after buying an additional 212,023 shares in the last quarter. Analyst IMS Investment Management Services Ltd. increased its holdings in Novartis AG by 0.7% in the 1st quarter. Analyst IMS Investment Management Services Ltd. now owns 86,058 shares of the company’s stock worth $6,400,000 after purchasing an additional 606 shares in the last quarter. BB&T Securities LLC increased its holdings in Novartis AG by 17.6% in the 1st quarter. BB&T Securities LLC now owns 694,786 shares of the company’s stock worth $51,601,000 after purchasing an additional 104,113 shares in the last quarter. Finally, ZWJ Investment Counsel Inc. acquired a new position in Novartis AG in the 1st quarter worth about $237,000. 10.74% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Novartis AG

Novartis AG is a holding company, which provides healthcare solutions. The Company is engaged in the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of a range of healthcare products led by pharmaceuticals. The Company’s segments include Innovative Medicines, Sandoz, Alcon and Corporate activities.

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