Novartis AG (NVS) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

Shares of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) have earned an average recommendation of “Hold” from the nineteen analysts that are currently covering the company. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $80.42.

Several equities research analysts have commented on the stock. JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “neutral” rating on shares of Novartis AG in a research note on Tuesday. Vetr upgraded shares of Novartis AG from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $77.19 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, February 7th. Barclays PLC assumed coverage on shares of Novartis AG in a research note on Tuesday, March 7th. They issued an “underweight” rating on the stock. Societe Generale upgraded shares of Novartis AG from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price objective for the company from $73.82 to $74.37 in a report on Tuesday, March 7th. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of Novartis AG in a report on Monday, January 9th.

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Shares of Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) traded up 1.21% on Friday, reaching $73.62. The company had a trading volume of 3,940,013 shares. The company has a market capitalization of $174.78 billion, a P/E ratio of 26.29 and a beta of 0.73. The company has a 50 day moving average of $74.50 and a 200-day moving average of $73.40. Novartis AG has a 52 week low of $66.93 and a 52 week high of $83.58.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 25th. The company reported $1.12 EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of $1.12. Novartis AG had a net margin of 13.80% and a return on equity of 15.37%. The company had revenue of $12.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $12.44 billion. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $1.14 earnings per share. Novartis AG’s revenue was down 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year. Analysts predict that Novartis AG will post $4.69 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of NVS. Capital Investment Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Novartis AG by 0.9% in the third quarter. Capital Investment Advisors LLC now owns 4,025 shares of the company’s stock worth $318,000 after buying an additional 37 shares during the last quarter. Duncker Streett & Co. Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Novartis AG by 0.5% in the third quarter. Duncker Streett & Co. Inc. now owns 7,950 shares of the company’s stock worth $628,000 after buying an additional 37 shares during the last quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co boosted its stake in shares of Novartis AG by 0.3% in the third quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 12,857 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,016,000 after buying an additional 38 shares during the last quarter. Schulhoff & Co. Inc. boosted its stake in shares of Novartis AG by 0.6% in the third quarter. Schulhoff & Co. Inc. now owns 6,839 shares of the company’s stock worth $540,000 after buying an additional 41 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Genesee Valley Trust Co. boosted its stake in shares of Novartis AG by 1.0% in the third quarter. Genesee Valley Trust Co. now owns 4,928 shares of the company’s stock worth $389,000 after buying an additional 49 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 9.82% of the company’s stock.

Novartis AG Company Profile

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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