Stocks With Escalations: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ:WBA)

(NASDAQ:WBA) during the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Blue Chip Partners Inc. now owns 6,633 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock valued at $552,000 after buying an additional 24 shares during the period.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Cobiz Investment Management LLC boosted its position in Walgreens Boots Alliance by 0.3% in the third quarter. Meanwhile, the average 12-month price target from Wall Street analysts is now $88.05, this means that the stock is underpriced by 21.749%. Blue Chip Partners Inc. boosted its position in Walgreens Boots Alliance by 0.4% in the second quarter. The stock ended last trade at $18.00 a share and the price is up more than -13.09% so far this year. Founders Capital Management acquired a new position in shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance during the 1st quarter worth approximately $161,000. First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. boosted its position in Walgreens Boots Alliance by 0.9% in the second quarter. Modera Wealth Management LLC now owns 2,451 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock valued at $204,000 after acquiring an additional 9 shares during the period. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 50,000 shares of the company's stock, valued at $3,350,000. Also, Director William C. Foote sold 2,067 shares of the business's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.05, for a total value of $484,785.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. The correct version of this article can be viewed at Stock repurchase programs are usually an indication that the company's board believes its shares are undervalued. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. (NASDAQ:WBA) had a closing price of $68.90 yesterday. If you are reading this article on another website, it was illegally copied and republished in violation of global trademark and copyright laws. It also reduced Shopify Inc stake by 79,307 shares and now owns 961,030 shares. The stock increased 1.44% or $0.98 during the last trading session, reaching $68.9.

Shares of BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE:BPMX) traded up 15.84% in the last session while performance was up 0.24% in the last five days. The company has a quick ratio of 0.59, a current ratio of 1.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.45.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) now has 1.01 million shares outstanding, which means that its market capitalization is $69.46B.

Walgreens Boots Alliance (NASDAQ:WBA) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 20th. Walgreens Boots Alliance had a return on equity of 18.36% and a net margin of 3.45%.

Wall Street analysts, on average, are forecasting the company's EPS to be 1.26, compared to 1.1 reported in the same quarter previous year. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.07 EPS. Analysts predict that Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. will post $5.01 earnings per share for the current year. This dividend's record date is Nov 13, 2017 and the announcement date is Oct 24, 2017. This represents a $1.60 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 2.32%. Wellington Management Group LLP boosted its holdings in Walgreens Boots Alliance by 5.9% in the first quarter.

Looking forward, the company's quarterly earnings are expected to come at -$0.06 in the three months through October 2017 and -$0.06 in the quarter ending January 2018, reflecting -53.85% and -33.33% growth, respectively. This repurchase authorization permits the pharmacy operator to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases.

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Robert W. Baird reiterated an "outperform" rating and issued a $95.00 target price on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research note on Tuesday, October 4th. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Tuesday, October 17 by Jefferies. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a "buy" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Thursday, October 6th. The firm has "Buy" rating given on Wednesday, June 21 by Jefferies. Of the analysts who provided ratings, 2 rated the company a Hold, 3 rated it a Moderate Buy, and 9 rated it a Strong Buy.

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