AstraZeneca plc Sees Unusually High Options Volume (AZN)

BB&T Corp grew its stake in Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) by 5.4% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Boasting a price of 5,169.00GBX, AstraZeneca PLC (LON:AZN) traded 0.18% higher on the day. Finally, Investec upgraded shares of AstraZeneca plc from a hold rating to a buy rating and lowered their price objective for the stock from GBX 5,000 ($65.98) to GBX 4,900 ($64.66) in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th.

AstraZeneca plc has a 50 day moving average of 4,969.06 GBX and a 200 Day Moving Average share price is recorded at 4,930.79.

Dodge & Cox decreased Astrazeneca Plc (AZN) stake by 0.42% reported in 2017Q2 SEC filing. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the stock. They presently have a GBX 5,100 ($67.30) target price on the biopharmaceutical company's stock. Finally, Credit Suisse Group upgraded shares of AstraZeneca plc from a "neutral" rating to an "outperform" rating in a report on Monday, October 16th.

Astrazeneca PLC (NYSE:AZN) opened at 27.53 on Friday. The legal version of this article can be read at The 52 week high share price is 5520 GBX while the year low stock price is now 3996 GBX. The company has market cap of $599.06 million. After $0.87 actual earnings per share reported by AstraZeneca plc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -42.53% negative EPS growth. The company reported $1.32 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.74 by $0.58. The company's quarterly revenue was down 2.6% compared to the same quarter past year.

It closed at $0.65 lastly. Equities research analysts expect that Astrazeneca PLC will post $3.02 EPS for the current year.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business.

AstraZeneca plc (NYSE:AZN) was the recipient of some unusual options trading activity on Wednesday. First Wilshire Securities Management Inc owns 314,306 shares or 3.81% of their U.S. portfolio. Teachers Advisors LLC grew its position in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 19.1% during the first quarter. Janus Capital Management LLC grew its position in shares of Astrazeneca PLC by 24.8% during the first quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 937,314 shares of the company's stock worth $29,188,000 after purchasing an additional 150,135 shares in the last quarter.

Lombard Odier Asset Management Europe Ltd increased Priceline Grp Inc (Prn) stake by 5.39M shares to 48.33 million valued at $55.61 million in 2017Q2. As per Friday, October 2, the company rating was downgraded by FBR Capital. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. raised its position in AstraZeneca plc by 71.2% during the second quarter. Independent Portfolio Consultants Inc. now owns 22,720 shares of the company's stock worth $738,000 after buying an additional 145 shares in the last quarter.

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