Investor Watchlist: Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NasdaqGS:WBA) Shares Under The Lens

After a recent check, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. Pushing back over the last quarter, shares are -10.04%. More interesting news about Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.

Several other hedge funds also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Commonwealth Bank of Australia increased its holdings in shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance by 139.5% during the 2nd quarter. Perpetual Ltd now owns 6,552 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock worth $513,000 after purchasing an additional 1,200 shares in the last quarter. The stock decreased 1.94% or $1.39 during the last trading session, reaching $70.18. Andra AP fonden increased its holdings in shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance by 35.3% during the 2nd quarter. The target price per share by Deutsche Bank suggests upside of 10.43 % from the last price.

Analysts expect Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. WBA's financial leverage ratio is 1.36, which indicates that the company's asset base is primarily funded by equity capital. Vantage Investment Advisors LLC now owns 2,187 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock valued at $171,000 after buying an additional 500 shares during the last quarter. The larger the gross profit margin, the better for the company. The average 1-year price target for (WBA) reveals an average price target of $84.96 per share. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link.

According to the Recommendation Trends of the stock polled by Finviz, the company has a consensus recommendation of 2.2 out of the scale from 1 to 5 where 1 stands for Buy and 5 means Sell.

Moving average is significant analytical tool used to discover current price trends and the possibility for a change in an established trend. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. (NASDAQ:WBA) news were published by: Seekingalpha.com which released: "Walgreens: Shareholders Are Set To Benefit Strongly" on December 06, 2017, also Seekingalpha.com with their article: "Dividend Aristocrats In Focus Part 47: Walgreens Boots Alliance" published on November 22, 2017, Seekingalpha.com published: "Walgreens Boots Alliance - Fairly Valued Dividend Aristocrat" on November 13, 2017. The Price to Sales (P/S) ratio of the stock is 0.6, while P/B (Price to Book) stands at 2.73. Whereas, in last 21 trading days (one month) was climbed 0% and surged in last 63 trading days (quarter) of 6.83%. (NASDAQ:WBA) and Rite Aid Corporation (NASDAQ:RAD) are both Services companies that recently hit new low. The pharmacy operator reported $1.31 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters' consensus estimate of $1.21 by $0.10. Walgreens Boots Alliance had a return on equity of 18.36% and a net margin of 3.45%. The firm's revenue for the quarter was up 5.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted $1.07 earnings per share. This buyback authorization authorizes the pharmacy operator to buy shares of its stock through open market purchases.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Tuesday, December 12th. Stockholders of record on Monday, November 13th will be given a $0.40 dividend. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 16th. Walgreens Boots Alliance's dividend payout ratio is 42.33%. This means that the higher growth rate of WBA implies a greater potential for capital appreciation over the years. Vetr downgraded shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a "strong-buy" rating to a "buy" rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Walgreens Boots Alliance had 46 analyst reports since August 24, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. They issued a "hold" rating and a $78.00 price target on the stock. Jefferies Group set a $93.00 price objective on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance and gave the stock a "buy" rating in a report on Sunday, October 29th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance from a "strong sell" rating to a "sell" rating in a report on Friday, November 10th. Investors will get a clear idea on how much they can earn per share on each of the outstanding shares of common stock. (NASDAQ:WBA)'s Return on Assets (ROA) of 5.70% is an indicator of how profitable Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc.is relative to their total assets. The price of WBA is now at a -17.62% to its one-year price target of 86.25. (WBA) knifed -1.94 percent lower and now trades for $70.18. The original version of this news story can be viewed at https://weekherald.com/2017/12/07/sciencast-management-lp-sells-10331-shares-of-walgreens-boots-alliance-inc-wba.html.

Founded more than 100 years ago, Illinois-based Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination across the USA and Europe. The Company is a global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

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