Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) Given Sell Rating at Wells Fargo & Company

Wells Fargo & Company reaffirmed their sell rating on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) (TSE:VRX) in a report issued on Friday.

Several other analysts also recently commented on VRX. Jefferies Group LLC set a $18.00 target price on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Saturday, May 6th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated an underweight rating and issued a $10.00 price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in a research note on Friday. J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a neutral rating and issued a $10.00 price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in a research note on Thursday, July 6th. Guggenheim initiated coverage on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in a research note on Saturday, June 17th. They issued a buy rating and a $18.00 price objective for the company. Finally, TD Securities lifted their price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International from $15.00 to $20.00 and gave the stock a hold rating in a research note on Wednesday, July 12th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have given a hold rating, five have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International presently has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $16.81.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE VRX) traded up 0.75% during trading on Friday, hitting $17.37. The stock had a trading volume of 14,901,404 shares. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has a 52-week low of $8.31 and a 52-week high of $32.74. The stock’s market capitalization is $6.04 billion. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $13.59 and its 200-day moving average is $12.98.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX) (TSE:VRX) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, May 9th. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported $2.80 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.87 by $1.93. The business had revenue of $2.11 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.17 billion. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International had a negative net margin of 14.96% and a positive return on equity of 58.02%. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International’s revenue was down 11.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted ($1.08) EPS. On average, analysts predict that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International will post $3.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, Director Schutter Richard U. De purchased 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, May 11th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $13.90 per share, for a total transaction of $278,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now directly owns 70,572 shares in the company, valued at approximately $980,950.80. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Insiders own 5.87% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Gruss & Co. Inc. bought a new stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International during the first quarter valued at $104,000. Financial Architects Inc boosted its stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International by 18.6% in the first quarter. Financial Architects Inc now owns 9,550 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $105,000 after buying an additional 1,500 shares during the period. Harbor Advisors LLC bought a new stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International during the first quarter valued at $110,000. WMS Partners LLC bought a new stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International during the first quarter valued at $116,000. Finally, Brave Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International during the first quarter valued at $119,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 50.45% of the company’s stock.

About Valeant Pharmaceuticals International

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc is a pharmaceutical and medical device company. The Company is engaged in developing and marketing a range of branded, generic and branded generic pharmaceuticals, over-the-counter (OTC) products, and medical devices (contact lenses, intraocular lenses, ophthalmic surgical equipment, and aesthetics devices).

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