Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA Sees Unusually High Options Volume (BUD)

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (NYSE:BUD) saw some unusual options trading on Wednesday. Traders purchased 446 call options on the company. This represents an increase of approximately 120% compared to the typical volume of 203 call options.

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (BUD) opened at $121.73 on Friday. The stock has a market capitalization of $204.76 billion, a P/E ratio of 35.26, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.89 and a beta of 1.07. The company has a quick ratio of 0.71, a current ratio of 0.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.30.

Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA (NYSE:BUD) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October 26th. The consumer goods maker reported $1.31 EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.50 by ($0.19). The firm had revenue of $14.74 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $15 billion. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA had a return on equity of 16.57% and a net margin of 9.57%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 26.0% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned $0.83 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA will post 4.22 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a semiannual dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 7th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, November 15th will be issued a dividend of $1.8534 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, November 14th. This represents a dividend yield of 3.07%. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA’s payout ratio is 112.87%.

A number of equities research analysts have weighed in on BUD shares. Susquehanna Bancshares Inc set a $111.00 target price on Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA in a research report on Friday, July 28th. Berenberg Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA in a research report on Wednesday, September 13th. BidaskClub raised Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 31st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $128.00 target price for the company in a research report on Wednesday, July 19th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $127.39.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Chicago Partners Investment Group LLC purchased a new stake in Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA during the 2nd quarter worth $101,000. Evercore Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA during the 2nd quarter worth $104,000. BDO Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA during the 2nd quarter worth $110,000. Oakworth Capital Inc. boosted its position in Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA by 4.0% during the 2nd quarter. Oakworth Capital Inc. now owns 1,175 shares of the consumer goods maker’s stock worth $130,000 after purchasing an additional 45 shares during the period. Finally, Johnson Financial Group Inc. boosted its position in Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA by 0.3% during the 2nd quarter. Johnson Financial Group Inc. now owns 1,179 shares of the consumer goods maker’s stock worth $130,000 after purchasing an additional 3 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 5.51% of the company’s stock.

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About Anheuser-Busch Inbev SA

Anheuser Busch Inbev NV (AB InBev) is a Belgium-based company engaged in the brewers industry. The Company owns a portfolio of over 200 beer brands. The Company’s brand portfolio includes global brands, such as Budweiser, Corona and Stella Artois; international brands, including Beck’s, Leffe and Hoegaarden, and local champions, such as Bud Light, Skol, Brahma, Antarctica, Quilmes, Victoria, Modelo Especial, Michelob Ultra, Harbin, Sedrin, Klinskoye, Sibirskaya Korona, Chernigivske, Cass and Jupiler.

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