General American Investors Co. Inc. Sells 40,000 Shares of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (GILD)

General American Investors Co. Inc. lessened its stake in shares of Gilead Sciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:GILD) by 10.7% during the fourth quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 333,600 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock after selling 40,000 shares during the period. Gilead Sciences accounts for about 2.2% of General American Investors Co. Inc.’s portfolio, making the stock its 13th biggest position. General American Investors Co. Inc.’s holdings in Gilead Sciences were worth $20,867,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A number of other institutional investors also recently bought and sold shares of GILD. Athena Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Gilead Sciences in the 4th quarter valued at $27,000. Capital Financial Planning LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Gilead Sciences in the 4th quarter valued at $27,000. Advisors Preferred LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Gilead Sciences during the 4th quarter valued at $31,000. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. boosted its holdings in shares of Gilead Sciences by 361.3% during the 4th quarter. Legacy Financial Advisors Inc. now owns 489 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $31,000 after acquiring an additional 383 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Claybrook Capital LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Gilead Sciences during the 4th quarter valued at $32,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 80.20% of the company’s stock.

GILD stock opened at $65.88 on Tuesday. Gilead Sciences, Inc. has a fifty-two week low of $60.32 and a fifty-two week high of $79.61. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.19, a quick ratio of 3.30 and a current ratio of 3.38. The company has a market cap of $82.92 billion, a P/E ratio of 10.71, a PEG ratio of 4.09 and a beta of 1.16.

Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 4th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $1.44 earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.70 by ($0.26). Gilead Sciences had a return on equity of 37.03% and a net margin of 24.65%. The firm had revenue of $5.80 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.52 billion. During the same period last year, the company posted $1.78 earnings per share. The firm’s quarterly revenue was down 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts forecast that Gilead Sciences, Inc. will post 6.23 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 28th. Investors of record on Friday, March 15th were paid a dividend of $0.63 per share. This is an increase from Gilead Sciences’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.57. This represents a $2.52 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.83%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, March 14th. Gilead Sciences’s dividend payout ratio is 40.98%.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Maxim Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $84.00 price objective on shares of Gilead Sciences in a report on Friday. Oppenheimer set a $85.00 price target on Gilead Sciences and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, March 19th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Gilead Sciences from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 23rd. Mizuho set a $88.00 price target on Gilead Sciences and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 22nd. Finally, BidaskClub downgraded shares of Gilead Sciences from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, February 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a hold rating, ten have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $82.29.

In other Gilead Sciences news, Director Gayle E. Wilson sold 19,068 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $67.08, for a total transaction of $1,279,081.44. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 143,567 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $9,630,474.36. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director John Francis Cogan sold 2,700 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, March 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.14, for a total value of $173,178.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 57,560 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $3,691,898.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 24,468 shares of company stock worth $1,627,948. 0.20% of the stock is owned by company insiders.

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Gilead Sciences Company Profile

Gilead Sciences, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company, which engages in the research, development, and commercialization of medicines in areas of unmet medical need. Its primary areas of focus include human immunodeficiency virus, acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, liver diseases, hematology, oncology, and inflammation and respiratory diseases.

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