Amgen Inc. (AMGN) Hits New 52-Week High at $185.20

Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN)’s share price hit a new 52-week high during trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $185.20 and last traded at $185.24, with a volume of 1,612,394 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $180.64.

Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on AMGN shares. UBS AG reiterated a “neutral” rating and set a $174.00 price objective (down from $175.00) on shares of Amgen in a research report on Monday, May 22nd. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $203.00 price objective on shares of Amgen in a research report on Thursday. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $195.00 price objective on shares of Amgen in a research report on Tuesday, July 11th. Leerink Swann reiterated a “market perform” rating and set a $161.00 price objective on shares of Amgen in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued a “buy” rating and set a $198.00 target price (down previously from $200.00) on shares of Amgen in a report on Monday, May 22nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, twelve have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $186.04.

The company has a 50 day moving average of $173.58 and a 200 day moving average of $168.73. The company has a market capitalization of $135.38 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 16.899 and a beta of 1.35.

Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The medical research company reported $3.27 earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.11 by $0.16. The firm had revenue of $5.81 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.67 billion. Amgen had a net margin of 35.46% and a return on equity of 29.85%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned $2.84 earnings per share. On average, analysts forecast that Amgen Inc. will post $12.57 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, September 8th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, August 17th were given a $1.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date was Tuesday, August 15th. This represents a $4.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.55%. Amgen’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is currently 41.93%.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Carderock Capital Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Amgen by 3.2% in the first quarter. Carderock Capital Management Inc. now owns 27,629 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $4,533,000 after purchasing an additional 848 shares during the last quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. boosted its holdings in Amgen by 1.1% in the first quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. now owns 2,956 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $485,000 after acquiring an additional 31 shares in the last quarter. First United Bank Trust boosted its holdings in Amgen by 3.1% in the first quarter. First United Bank Trust now owns 6,254 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $1,026,000 after acquiring an additional 187 shares in the last quarter. Howland Capital Management LLC boosted its holdings in Amgen by 42.8% in the first quarter. Howland Capital Management LLC now owns 2,182 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $358,000 after acquiring an additional 654 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Reliance Trust Co. of Delaware boosted its holdings in Amgen by 9.4% in the first quarter. Reliance Trust Co. of Delaware now owns 10,578 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $1,735,000 after acquiring an additional 910 shares in the last quarter. 78.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Amgen

Amgen Inc is a biotechnology company. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and delivers various human therapeutics. It operates in human therapeutics segment. Its marketed products portfolio includes Neulasta (pegfilgrastim); erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs), such as Aranesp (darbepoetin alfa) and EPOGEN (epoetin alfa); Sensipar/Mimpara (cinacalcet); XGEVA (denosumab); Prolia (denosumab); NEUPOGEN (filgrastim), and other marketed products, such as KYPROLIS (carfilzomib), Vectibix (panitumumab), Nplate (romiplostim), Repatha (evolocumab), BLINCYTO (blinatumomab), IMLYGIC (talimogene laherparepvec) and Corlanor (ivabradine).

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