Eli Lilly and Co (LLY) Insider Donald A. Zakrowski Sells 876 Shares

Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) insider Donald A. Zakrowski sold 876 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $77.55, for a total value of $67,933.80. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 4,130 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $320,281.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Eli Lilly and Co (NYSE:LLY) traded up $1.56 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $78.75. 4,771,177 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 5,314,162. The company has a market cap of $86,710.00, a PE ratio of 48.61, a PEG ratio of 1.45 and a beta of 0.23. The company has a quick ratio of 1.03, a current ratio of 1.32 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.85. Eli Lilly and Co has a one year low of $73.69 and a one year high of $89.09.

Eli Lilly and (NYSE:LLY) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, January 31st. The company reported $1.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.08 by $0.06. The company had revenue of $6.16 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.93 billion. Eli Lilly and had a negative net margin of 0.89% and a positive return on equity of 33.01%. The business’s revenue was up 7.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $0.95 EPS. research analysts forecast that Eli Lilly and Co will post 4.87 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, March 9th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be given a dividend of $0.5625 per share. This represents a $2.25 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.86%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. This is a boost from Eli Lilly and’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.52. Eli Lilly and’s dividend payout ratio is 138.89%.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the company. BMO Capital Markets set a $73.00 price objective on Eli Lilly and and gave the company a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 5th. Credit Suisse Group reiterated a “hold” rating and set a $80.00 price target on shares of Eli Lilly and in a report on Friday, February 2nd. Argus upgraded Eli Lilly and from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and increased their price target for the stock from $85.52 to $115.00 in a report on Friday, January 5th. Jefferies Group set a $100.00 price target on Eli Lilly and and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Finally, Bank of America decreased their price target on Eli Lilly and from $88.00 to $86.00 and set a “neutral” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, February 1st. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $93.22.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in LLY. Avestar Capital LLC bought a new position in shares of Eli Lilly and during the 4th quarter worth about $100,000. Gradient Investments LLC bought a new position in shares of Eli Lilly and during the 4th quarter worth about $103,000. Acrospire Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Eli Lilly and by 16.7% during the 2nd quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 1,399 shares of the company’s stock worth $115,000 after purchasing an additional 200 shares in the last quarter. MPS Loria Financial Planners LLC bought a new position in shares of Eli Lilly and during the 2nd quarter worth about $128,000. Finally, San Francisco Sentry Investment Group CA bought a new position in shares of Eli Lilly and during the 2nd quarter worth about $129,000. 75.71% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Eli Lilly and Company Profile

Eli Lilly and Company is engaged in drug manufacturing business. The Company discovers, develops, manufactures and markets products in two segments: human pharmaceutical products and animal health products. The Company’s human pharmaceutical business segment sells medicines, which are discovered or developed by its scientists.

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