Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (DGX) Director Jeffrey M. Leiden Sells 296 Shares

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) Director Jeffrey M. Leiden sold 296 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.66, for a total transaction of $31,571.36. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 6,000 shares in the company, valued at $639,960. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Shares of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX) opened at 104.87 on Friday. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated has a one year low of $79.12 and a one year high of $112.96. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $108.23 and its 200-day moving average is $103.54. The company has a market cap of $14.30 billion, a PE ratio of 21.13 and a beta of 0.69.

Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, July 25th. The medical research company reported $1.55 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.42 by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $1.94 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.94 billion. Quest Diagnostics had a return on equity of 15.66% and a net margin of 9.28%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $1.34 earnings per share. Equities research analysts expect that Quest Diagnostics Incorporated will post $5.69 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, October 18th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, October 3rd will be paid a dividend of $0.45 per share. The ex-dividend date is Monday, October 2nd. This represents a $1.80 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.72%. Quest Diagnostics’s dividend payout ratio is currently 36.29%.

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DGX has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. Mizuho raised their price objective on shares of Quest Diagnostics from $110.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 26th. Canaccord Genuity increased their target price on shares of Quest Diagnostics from $102.00 to $115.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, April 25th. Barclays PLC reiterated an “equal weight” rating and issued a $100.00 target price (up previously from $98.00) on shares of Quest Diagnostics in a report on Sunday, April 23rd. Deutsche Bank AG reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $115.00 target price (up previously from $108.00) on shares of Quest Diagnostics in a report on Sunday, April 23rd. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Quest Diagnostics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, June 29th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $109.62.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of DGX. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its position in Quest Diagnostics by 6.6% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 177,243 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $16,289,000 after buying an additional 11,003 shares during the period. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. raised its position in Quest Diagnostics by 2.3% in the first quarter. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 118,823 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $11,667,000 after buying an additional 2,668 shares during the period. Creative Planning raised its position in Quest Diagnostics by 30.8% in the first quarter. Creative Planning now owns 4,159 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $408,000 after buying an additional 980 shares during the period. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd raised its position in Quest Diagnostics by 1.4% in the first quarter. Gulf International Bank UK Ltd now owns 45,053 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $4,423,000 after buying an additional 625 shares during the period. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can increased its stake in shares of Quest Diagnostics by 3.1% in the first quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 292,342 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $28,705,000 after buying an additional 8,700 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 90.06% of the company’s stock.

Quest Diagnostics Company Profile

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is a provider of diagnostic information services. The Company operates through two businesses: Diagnostic Information Services and Diagnostic Solutions. The Diagnostic Information Services business develops and delivers diagnostic testing information and services, providing insights that empower and enable a range of customers, including patients, clinicians, hospitals, integrated delivery networks (IDNs), health plans, employers and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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