GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Given Hold Rating at Cowen

Cowen reiterated their hold rating on shares of GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) in a report published on Thursday morning. They currently have a $40.00 target price on the pharmaceutical company’s stock.

GSK has been the topic of a number of other reports. UBS Group upgraded GlaxoSmithKline from a neutral rating to a buy rating and lifted their price target for the company from $35.04 to $35.85 in a research note on Monday, November 27th. Zacks Investment Research cut GlaxoSmithKline from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. ValuEngine cut GlaxoSmithKline from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Sunday, December 31st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a neutral rating on shares of GlaxoSmithKline in a report on Thursday, January 11th. Finally, Barclays raised GlaxoSmithKline from an equal weight rating to an overweight rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, ten have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Hold and an average price target of $38.97.

Shares of GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE GSK) opened at $37.70 on Thursday. The company has a quick ratio of 0.39, a current ratio of 0.60 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 4.09. GlaxoSmithKline has a 12 month low of $34.52 and a 12 month high of $44.53. The firm has a market capitalization of $91,790.00, a P/E ratio of 43.33, a P/E/G ratio of 2.37 and a beta of 0.98.

GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, February 7th. The pharmaceutical company reported $0.72 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.69 by $0.03. GlaxoSmithKline had a return on equity of 130.63% and a net margin of 4.97%. The firm had revenue of $10.14 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.89 billion. research analysts anticipate that GlaxoSmithKline will post 2.85 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, April 12th. Investors of record on Friday, February 23rd will be issued a dividend of $0.633 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, February 22nd. This is a boost from GlaxoSmithKline’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.50. This represents a $2.53 annualized dividend and a yield of 6.72%. GlaxoSmithKline’s payout ratio is currently 234.48%.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of GSK. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC raised its holdings in shares of GlaxoSmithKline by 1,982.8% in the third quarter. Wealthcare Advisory Partners LLC now owns 3,520 shares of the pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $143,000 after acquiring an additional 3,351 shares during the last quarter. Field & Main Bank acquired a new position in shares of GlaxoSmithKline in the fourth quarter worth $132,000. Amussen Hunsaker Associates LLC acquired a new position in shares of GlaxoSmithKline in the fourth quarter worth $141,000. First Dallas Securities Inc. acquired a new position in shares of GlaxoSmithKline in the fourth quarter worth $142,000. Finally, Advisory Services Network LLC raised its holdings in shares of GlaxoSmithKline by 24.2% in the second quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 4,047 shares of the pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $175,000 after acquiring an additional 788 shares during the last quarter. 9.52% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About GlaxoSmithKline

GlaxoSmithKline plc is a global healthcare company. The Company operates through three segments: Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare. The Company focuses on its research across six areas: Respiratory diseases, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/infectious diseases, Vaccines, Immuno-inflammation, Oncology and Rare diseases.

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