Barclays PLC Reaffirms Equal Weight Rating for Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (VRX)

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX) (TSE:VRX)‘s stock had its “equal weight” rating restated by research analysts at Barclays PLC in a research report issued on Wednesday, May 10th. They currently have a $20.00 price target on the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock. Barclays PLC’s target price suggests a potential upside of 47.93% from the company’s current price.

Other analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Deutsche Bank AG set a $20.00 price target on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 21st. Wells Fargo & Co set a $11.00 price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Saturday, February 25th. Jefferies Group LLC set a $18.00 price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, May 6th. Royal Bank of Canada reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and set a $19.00 price objective (up from $18.00) on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl in a report on Friday, April 14th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have assigned a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $22.35.

Analyst Recommendations for Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl (NYSE:VRX)

Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl (NYSE:VRX) traded up 0.37% during mid-day trading on Wednesday, reaching $13.52. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 24,297,911 shares. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl has a 52-week low of $8.31 and a 52-week high of $32.74. The company’s market cap is $4.70 billion. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $10.55 and a 200 day moving average price of $13.75.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl (NYSE:VRX) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, May 9th. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported $2.80 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $1.93. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl had a negative net margin of 22.17% and a positive return on equity of 43.81%. The business had revenue of $2.11 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.17 billion. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted ($1.08) EPS. Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl’s revenue was down 11.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl will post $3.89 earnings per share for the current year.

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In related news, CFO Paul Herendeen purchased 24,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, March 14th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $10.72 per share, for a total transaction of $257,280.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 174,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,865,280. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Schutter Richard U. De purchased 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 15th. The shares were bought at an average price of $10.80 per share, for a total transaction of $108,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 25,190 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $272,052. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders have bought 3,054,000 shares of company stock worth $33,103,280. Company insiders own 16.37% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Paulson & CO. Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $281,463,000. ValueAct Holdings L.P. raised its position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl by 20.0% in the first quarter. ValueAct Holdings L.P. now owns 17,997,224 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $198,509,000 after buying an additional 3,002,963 shares during the last quarter. Norges Bank acquired a new position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $39,286,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl by 573.6% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 2,913,089 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $42,294,000 after buying an additional 2,480,600 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Saba Capital Management L.P. raised its position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl by 132.4% in the first quarter. Saba Capital Management L.P. now owns 2,315,900 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $25,544,000 after buying an additional 1,319,311 shares during the last quarter. 64.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Company Profile

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc is a pharmaceutical and medical device company. The Company is engaged in developing and marketing a range of branded, generic and branded generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter (OTC) products, and medical devices (contact lenses, intraocular lenses, ophthalmic surgical equipment, and aesthetics devices).

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