JPMorgan Chase & Co. Reiterates Neutral Rating for Novartis AG (NVS)

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)‘s stock had its “neutral” rating reiterated by analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in a report released on Thursday.

NVS has been the topic of several other research reports. Vetr cut Novartis AG from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $84.66 price target on the stock. in a report on Monday, March 13th. Zacks Investment Research cut Novartis AG from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, November 29th. Argus raised Novartis AG from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 31st. Deutsche Bank AG reaffirmed a “neutral” rating on shares of Novartis AG in a report on Monday, January 9th. Finally, BNP Paribas cut Novartis AG from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a report on Tuesday, March 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $83.12.

Analyst Recommendations for Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS)

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) traded up 1.21% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $73.62. The stock had a trading volume of 3,940,013 shares. The company has a 50-day moving average of $74.50 and a 200-day moving average of $73.40. The stock has a market cap of $174.78 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 26.29 and a beta of 0.73. Novartis AG has a 12-month low of $66.93 and a 12-month high of $83.58.

Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, January 25th. The company reported $1.12 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, meeting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $1.12. The company had revenue of $12.32 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $12.44 billion. Novartis AG had a return on equity of 15.37% and a net margin of 13.80%. The firm’s revenue was down 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $1.14 earnings per share. On average, analysts anticipate that Novartis AG will post $4.69 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in NVS. Capital Investment Advisors LLC increased its position in 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 period. Duncker Streett & Co. Inc. increased its position in 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 period. CENTRAL TRUST Co increased its position in 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 period. Schulhoff & Co. Inc. increased its position in 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 period. Finally, Genesee Valley Trust Co. increased its position in 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 period. 9.82% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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