Analysts’ Recommendations for AstraZeneca as of May 15

Analysts’ estimates

Analysts expect AstraZeneca (AZN) to report EPS (earnings per share) of $0.60 on revenue of $5.3 billion in the first quarter, a 2.3% fall compared to its revenue of $5.4 billion during the first quarter of 2017.

Analysts’ Recommendations for AstraZeneca as of May 15

The above chart shows analysts’ recommendations for AstraZeneca stock over the last 12 months.

Analysts’ ratings

AstraZeneca’s stock price has risen nearly 7.1% over the last 12 months and ~4.9% year-to-date. Analysts’ estimates show that the stock has the potential to return ~6.8% over the next 12 months. Analysts’ recommendations show a 12-month target price of $38.89 per share for the stock compared to its price of $36.42 on May 14.

Analysts’ recommendations

As of May 15, six analysts are tracking AstraZeneca’s ADR (American depositary receipt) listed on the NYSE. Three of these analysts recommend “strong buys” on AstraZeneca, while one recommends a “buy,” and two recommend “holds.” The consensus rating for AstraZeneca stands at 1.83, which represents a strong buy for momentum investors as well as long-term investors.

AstraZeneca stock is listed on the London Stock Exchange, where 31 analysts are tracking it. Of these, nine analysts have recommended “strong buys,” 13 have recommended “buys,” five have recommended “holds,” and four have recommended “sells,” as we can see in the graph above. The consensus rating for AstraZeneca stock is 2.13, which represents a moderate buy for long-term investors and value investors.

Valuation multiples

As of May 15, AstraZeneca is trading at a forward PE (price-to-earnings ratio) of 20.3x compared to the industry average of 13.7x. Also, the forward EV-to-EBITDA (enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization) multiple for AstraZeneca is 14.2x compared to the industry average of 11.2x.

The BLDRS Europe Select ADR ETF (ADRU) holds 2.6% of its total investments in AstraZeneca’s ADR (AZN), 0.5% in Teva Pharmaceutical’s ADR (TEVA), 5.7% in Novartis’s ADR (NVS), and 2.8% in GlaxoSmithKline’s ADR (GSK).

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