Craig Hallum Reiterates "Hold" Rating for Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (DGX)

Craig Hallum Reiterates

Private Tru Company Na, Ohio-based fund reported 3,219 shares. Shire Plc now has $44.57B valuation. The stock rose 0.83% or $0.76 reaching $92.81 per share.

On average, 21 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expect earnings of $5.63 per share for the year. It has outperformed by 1.89% the S&P500. Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE:DGX) has risen 39.04% since October 19, 2016 and is uptrending. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 5,100 shares of the medical research company's stock worth $501,000 after buying an additional 220 shares during the last quarter. Its up 5.11% from 4.99 million shares previously. With short interest at 5,713,322 and short average daily volume at 2,078,936, days to cover is 3.0 and the short interest percentage is 0.04% as of September 29. The stock increased 0.70% or $0.64 during the last trading session, reaching $92.18.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) has been the object of insider selling activity recently.

Wedge Capital Management L LP increased Pinnacle Financial Partners Inc.

Next Century Growth Investors Llc increased Tactile Systems Technology stake by 53,744 shares to 163,716 valued at $4.68M in 2017Q2. Pdc Energy Inc (NASDAQ:PDCE) was reduced too.

Investors sentiment decreased to 1.45 in 2017 Q2. Its up 0.13, from 1.24 in 2017Q1. Shares for $240,300 were sold by Peterson Derek on Wednesday, May 10. 131 funds opened positions while 449 raised stakes. Kbc Nv reported 212,842 shares stake. Cubist Systematic Strategies Limited Liability Co owns 8,892 shares or 0.03% of their U.S. portfolio. Dana Inv Advsrs owns 100,428 shares for 0.52% of their portfolio. Moreover, Ntv Asset Limited Liability has 0.08% invested in 3M Co (NYSE:MMM). Royal Savings Bank Of Canada stated it has 0% of its portfolio in Plantronics Inc (NYSE:PLT). Martingale Asset Management L P holds 0.05% or 62,727 shares. Alliancebernstein Limited Partnership reported 47,500 shares. Coldstream Mngmt stated it has 6,700 shares. First American Trust FSB now owns 4,395 shares of the medical research company's stock valued at $489,000 after acquiring an additional 14 shares in the last quarter. Advisory Networks Ltd Co reported 22 shares. Adjusted earnings-per-share were $1.39, above the FactSet consensus of $1.35. Brown Advisory holds 0% or 6,485 shares. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 369,359 shares of the medical research company's stock worth $36,268,000 after buying an additional 160,723 shares during the last quarter. Moving averages are considered to be lagging indicators that simply take the average price of a stock over a specific period of time.

Among 20 analysts covering Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX), 7 have Buy rating, 2 Sell and 11 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. 3M had 58 analyst reports since July 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. The company was maintained on Tuesday, July 25 by Stifel Nicolaus. Zacks has "Hold" rating and $81 target. Jefferies maintained it with "Buy" rating and $219 target in Monday, May 29 report. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the company's stock. JP Morgan downgraded Plantronics Inc (NYSE:PLT) on Wednesday, November 2 to "Neutral" rating. Bernstein maintained it with "Market Perform" rating and $170 target in Wednesday, March 30 report.

The balance sheet health of any company plays a key role in its ability to meet its obligations and maintain the faith of its investment base.

Based on the latest brokerage notes which have been released to investors, 2 brokers have issued a rating of "strong buy", 2 brokers "buy", 15 brokers "neutral", 1 brokers "sell" and 0 brokers "strong sell". DGX's profit will be $195.00M for 16.12 P/E if the $1.43 EPS becomes a reality. On average, analysts predict that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated will post $5.63 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. Mizuho upgraded Quest Diagnostics Inc (NYSE:DGX) rating on Tuesday, January 3. Therefore 70% are positive.

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated had its "market perform" rating reiterated by analysts at Wells Fargo. Roth Capital maintained Plantronics Inc (NYSE:PLT) rating on Thursday, September 28. The rating was maintained by SunTrust on Friday, October 13 with "Hold".

The two companies also plan to create a Steering Committee comprised to evaluate biomarkers on inflammation and other areas of disease discovered by Cleveland Heartlab's Lerner Research Institute. Canaccord Genuity maintained it with "Buy" rating and $11800 target in Sunday, June 11 report.

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