Amgen, Inc. (AMGN) Given a $159.00 Price Target at Leerink Swann

Leerink Swann set a $159.00 price target on Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) in a report published on Monday. The brokerage currently has a hold rating on the medical research company’s stock.

A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on AMGN. Mizuho set a $195.00 price objective on Amgen and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Friday, March 10th. Vetr cut Amgen from a hold rating to a sell rating and set a $174.10 price objective for the company. in a report on Monday, March 13th. Piper Jaffray Companies restated an overweight rating and set a $193.00 price objective on shares of Amgen in a report on Tuesday, March 14th. Oppenheimer Holdings Inc. restated an outperform rating and set a $189.00 price objective on shares of Amgen in a report on Tuesday, March 14th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets restated an outperform rating and set a $212.00 price objective on shares of Amgen in a report on Monday, March 6th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have assigned a hold rating, ten have issued a buy rating and two have assigned a strong buy rating to the company. Amgen presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $186.89.

Shares of Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) traded up 0.9307% during mid-day trading on Monday, reaching $154.4441. The company had a trading volume of 2,524,554 shares. Amgen has a 1-year low of $133.64 and a 1-year high of $184.21. The stock has a market capitalization of $113.58 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 14.6698 and a beta of 1.15. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $161.77 and a 200-day moving average price of $159.14.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 26th. The medical research company reported $3.15 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $3.00 by $0.15. Amgen had a return on equity of 29.42% and a net margin of 33.59%. The company had revenue of $5.46 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.60 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $2.90 EPS. Amgen’s revenue was down 1.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts expect that Amgen will post $12.46 earnings per share for the current year.

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, June 8th. Investors of record on Wednesday, May 17th will be issued a $1.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, May 15th. This represents a $4.60 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.01%. Amgen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 44.92%.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in AMGN. Aperio Group LLC increased its position in shares of Amgen by 5.3% in the third quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 360,735 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $60,174,000 after buying an additional 18,266 shares during the period. Nordea Investment Management AB increased its position in shares of Amgen by 2.0% in the third quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 5,830,858 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $972,645,000 after buying an additional 111,690 shares during the period. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. increased its position in shares of Amgen by 1.0% in the third quarter. Mizuho Trust & Banking Co. Ltd. now owns 1,229,739 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $205,133,000 after buying an additional 11,665 shares during the period. BRC Investment Management LLC purchased a new position in shares of Amgen during the third quarter valued at approximately $6,852,000. Finally, Vicus Capital purchased a new position in shares of Amgen during the third quarter valued at approximately $327,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 79.04% of the company’s stock.

Amgen Company Profile

Amgen Inc is a biotechnology company. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers various human therapeutics. It operates in human therapeutics segment. Its marketed products portfolio includes Neulasta (pegfilgrastim); erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), such as Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and EPOGEN (epoetin alfa); Sensipar/Mimpara (cinacalcet); XGEVA (denosumab); Prolia (denosumab); NEUPOGEN (filgrastim), and other marketed products, such as KYPROLIS (carfilzomib), Vectibix (panitumumab), Nplate (romiplostim), Repatha (evolocumab), BLINCYTO (blinatumomab), IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec) and Corlanor (ivabradine).

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