Stifel slashes price target on Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN] – find out why.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [NASDAQ: ALXN] gained 1.75% on the last trading session, reaching $114.43 price per share at the time. The company report on September 25, 2020 that ULTOMIRIS® (ravulizumab) Receives Approval in Japan for Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (aHUS) in Adults and Children.

– ULTOMIRIS is the first and only long-acting C5 inhibitor for aHUS, reducing the treatment burden for adults and children with administration every other month –.

– ULTOMIRIS has the potential to become the new standard of care in Japan for the treatment of aHUS, an ultra-rare disease which may progressively damage the kidney and other organs –.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. represents 220.60 million in outstanding shares, while the company has a total market value of $24.55 billion with the latest information. ALXN stock price has been found in the range of $112.85 to $115.00.

If compared to the average trading volume of 1.87M shares, ALXN reached a trading volume of 1695778 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for ALXN shares is $141.32 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on ALXN stock is a recommendation set at 2.20. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Stifel have made an estimate for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on September 01, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on July 31, 2020, representing the official price target for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $121, while Cantor Fitzgerald analysts kept a Neutral rating on ALXN stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is set at 3.98, with the Price to Sales ratio for ALXN stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 4.43. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.41, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 13.29. Price to Free Cash Flow for ALXN in the course of the last twelve months was 10.38 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 4.30.

Trading performance analysis for ALXN stock

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 1.78. With this latest performance, ALXN shares gained by 0.18% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 27.24% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 17.02% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for ALXN stock in for the last two-week period is set at 57.26, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 57.89, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 56.32 for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 107.33, while it was recorded at 113.33 for the last single week of trading, and 104.41 for the last 200 days.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN] shares currently have an operating margin of +42.45 and a Gross Margin at +85.79. Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +48.53.

Return on Total Capital for ALXN is now 15.93, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 18.56. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 23.53, with Return on Assets sitting at 15.28. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 24.46. Additionally, ALXN Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 19.66, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 15.72. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 23.17, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 18.62.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN] managed to generate an average of $780,110 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 4.58 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.31.Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 4.30 and a Current Ratio set at 4.80.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. posted 2.79/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 2.47/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 13.00%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for ALXN. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. go to 11.88%.

An analysis of insider ownership at Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ALXN]

There are presently around $22,834 million, or 93.70% of ALXN stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of ALXN stocks are: BLACKROCK INC. with ownership of 18,527,930, which is approximately 12.216% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 17,012,022 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $1.95 billion in ALXN stocks shares; and FMR LLC, currently with $1.49 billion in ALXN stock with ownership of nearly 9.401% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of July and at the time of the July reporting period, where 367 institutional holders increased their position in Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc. [NASDAQ:ALXN] by around 21,611,895 shares. Additionally, 316 investors decreased positions by around 22,304,014 shares, while 83 investors held positions by with 155,629,345 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 199,545,254 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. ALXN stock had 118 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,344,875 shares, while 65 institutional investors sold positions of 4,626,112 shares during the same period.

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