Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) Stock Rating Reaffirmed by Wells Fargo & Company

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. (NYSE:VRX) (TSE:VRX)‘s stock had its “sell” rating reissued by equities research analysts at Wells Fargo & Company in a research note issued on Friday, July 14th.

Several other equities analysts have also recently weighed in on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $35.00 price target (down previously from $45.00) on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in a research report on Wednesday, May 17th. Royal Bank Of Canada reaffirmed a “sector perform” rating and issued a $18.00 price target (down previously from $21.00) on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in a research report on Thursday, March 23rd. Deutsche Bank AG dropped their price target on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International from $19.00 to $18.00 and set a “hold” rating on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, April 19th. Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $10.00 price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International in a research note on Friday, April 14th. Finally, Scotiabank increased their price objective on shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International from $12.00 to $14.00 and gave the company a “sector perform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 10th. Four analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $17.31.

Shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE VRX) opened at 13.89 on Friday. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International has a one year low of $8.31 and a one year high of $32.74. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $16.57 and a 200-day moving average price of $13.38. The company’s market capitalization is $4.83 billion.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (NYSE:VRX) (TSE:VRX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 8th. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported $1.05 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $0.97 by $0.08. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International had a negative net margin of 12.40% and a positive return on equity of 59.89%. The company had revenue of $2.23 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.23 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.88) EPS. The business’s revenue was down 7.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts predict that Valeant Pharmaceuticals International will post $3.89 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of VRX. Morgan Stanley raised its stake in Valeant Pharmaceuticals International by 48.2% in the first quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 2,777,063 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $30,631,000 after buying an additional 903,256 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. increased its position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International by 61.2% in the first quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 41,414 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $457,000 after buying an additional 15,719 shares in the last quarter. Gabelli Funds LLC purchased a new position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International during the first quarter valued at about $331,000. Searle & CO. purchased a new position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International during the fourth quarter valued at about $972,000. Finally, Bogle Investment Management L P DE purchased a new position in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International during the first quarter valued at about $11,223,000. 51.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Company Profile

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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