Henderson Group PLC reduced its position in shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA) during the first quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 292,485 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock after selling 7,937 shares during the period. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA)'s stock on Wednesday traded at beginning with a price of $77.79 and when day-trade ended the stock finally edged up 0.30% to reach at $77.52.
Management effectiveness shows return on equity and return on assets for the trailing twelve months at 13.79% and 5.2% respectively. For the quarter, shares have been noted at 10.84%. Norges Bank acquired a new position in Walgreens Boots Alliance during the fourth quarter worth about $649,813,000.
The stock has actually made sharp losses in the past year, as the company has gathered a -4.56% return in the past twelve months.
During last one month it showed the change of -4.63%. Rafferty Asset Management LLC increased its position in shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance by 405.7% in the fourth quarter. Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. has a 1-year low of $75.18 and a 1-year high of $88.00. Its share price has decline -6.24% in three months and is down -1.42% for the last five trades. Aristotle Capital Management LLC now owns 3,471,692 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock worth $287,317,000 after buying an additional 74,281 shares during the last quarter.
The stock last traded at $77.98 slightly below $80.89, the 50 day moving average and which is marginally lower than the 200 day moving average of $83.32.
The P/E ratio is 19.70 and market capitalization is 83.47B.
Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) now has a trailing P/E of 19.58 while its forward P/E according to Thomson Reuters is 14.04.
So the company beats the analysts estimate by $0.03/share showing a surprise of 2.3%. However it has a net margin of 3.70%. The Higher end of the revenue forecast is $30.66 Billion, while the Lower end of the forecast is $29.02 Billion. During the same period previous year, the firm earned $1.18 EPS.
Quarterly Revenue growth year over year is 2.1 Percent. As of the latest earnings report the EPS was $3.96 and is projected to be $5.01 for the current year with 1,070,096,000 shares now outstanding. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, May 16th. When we look at the Volatility of the company, Week Volatility is at 1.05% whereas Month Volatility is at 2.02%. The increased dividend is payable 12 September 2017 to stockholders of record 18 August 2017, and raises the annual rate from $1.50 per share to $1.60 per share. Walgreens Boots Alliance's dividend payout ratio (DPR) is now 37.78%.
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Several other hedge funds have also added to or reduced their stakes in WBA. Zacks Investment Research raised Walgreens Boots Alliance from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Thursday, March 23rd. The original version of this news story can be viewed at https://sportsperspectives.com/2017/07/14/adell-harriman-carpenter-inc-continues-to-hold-position-in-walgreens-boots-alliance-inc-wba.html. Finally, Needham & Company LLC started coverage on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a report on Tuesday, June 27th.
The Target Price for Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) is $92.24/share according to the consensus analysis of analysts working on the stock. Analysts giving shares a rating of 1 or 2 would be indicating a Buy. Company fiscal year is ending in December and analysts' consensus recommendation is Hold for KO and estimated EPS for next quarter is $ 0.49. The company has a consensus rating of "Buy" and a consensus price target of $90.47.
Scout Investments Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Moving averages are considered to be lagging indicators that simply take the average price of a stock over a certain period of time. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 21,887 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,879,874.43. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link.