ZWJ Investment Counsel Inc. Acquires New Position in Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (NYSE:TMO)

ZWJ Investment Counsel Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (NYSE:TMO) during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The fund acquired 47,080 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,231,000.

A number of other institutional investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in TMO. C WorldWide Group Holding A S raised its stake in shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific by 997.1% in the first quarter. C WorldWide Group Holding A S now owns 1,950,049 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $299,527,000 after buying an additional 1,772,300 shares during the last quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. raised its stake in Thermo Fisher Scientific by 458.2% in the first quarter. NN Investment Partners Holdings N.V. now owns 528,598 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $81,194,000 after buying an additional 433,898 shares in the last quarter. Swiss National Bank raised its position in shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific by 27.5% in the first quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 1,399,732 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $214,999,000 after buying an additional 301,600 shares during the period. Karp Capital Management Corp bought a new position in shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific during the first quarter valued at approximately $46,008,000. Finally, Cornerstone Investment Partners LLC bought a new position in shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific during the first quarter valued at approximately $45,709,000. 87.60% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc (NYSE:TMO) traded down 0.19% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $172.57. The stock had a trading volume of 1,182,702 shares. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc has a one year low of $139.07 and a one year high of $182.87. The company has a market cap of $67.32 billion, a PE ratio of 30.06 and a beta of 1.06. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $176.71 and its 200 day moving average price is $166.56.

Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, July 26th. The medical research company reported $2.30 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.27 by $0.03. Thermo Fisher Scientific had a return on equity of 15.97% and a net margin of 11.80%. The company had revenue of $5 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.92 billion. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted $2.03 earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.2% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc will post $9.24 EPS for the current year.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, October 16th. Stockholders of record on Friday, September 15th will be issued a $0.15 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Thursday, September 14th. This represents a $0.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 0.35%. Thermo Fisher Scientific’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 10.45%.

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A number of analysts have recently weighed in on TMO shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $197.00 target price on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Bank of America Corporation reissued a “buy” rating and set a $210.00 price objective (up from $200.00) on shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Cleveland Research raised shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 20th. Finally, Barclays PLC reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $200.00 price target (up previously from $190.00) on shares of Thermo Fisher Scientific in a report on Monday, July 17th. One analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Thermo Fisher Scientific currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $188.56.

In related news, CEO Marc N. Casper sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, June 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $172.79, for a total value of $3,455,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 269,279 shares in the company, valued at $46,528,718.41. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director Jim P. Manzi sold 11,318 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 18th. The shares were sold at an average price of $172.94, for a total value of $1,957,334.92. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 38,757 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $6,702,635.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders sold 39,506 shares of company stock valued at $6,834,758. Insiders own 0.49% of the company’s stock.

About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc develops, manufactures and sells a range of products. The Company provides analytical instruments, equipment, reagents and consumables, software and services for research, manufacturing, analysis, discovery and diagnostics. It operates through four segments: Life Sciences Solutions, Analytical Instruments, Specialty Diagnostics, and Laboratory Products and Services.

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