Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) does about 2.28M shares in volume on a normal day but saw 2676404 shares change hands in Tuesday trading. The company now has a market cap of 189.88B USD . Its current market price is $78.23, marking an increase of 2.03% compared to the previous close of $76.67. The 52 week high reached by this stock is $94.26 whilst the lowest price level in 52 weeks is $74.09. The script in recent trading has seen the stock touch a high of $78.53 and a low of $77.54.
Novartis AG (NVS) has a 20-day trading average at $78.84 and the current price is -17.01% off the 52-week high compared with 5.59% distance from its 52-week low. The 50-day simple moving average of the closing price is $82.19 and its 200-day simple moving average is $85.68. If we look at the stock’s price movements over the week, volatility stands at 1.51%, which decreases to 1.38% over 1 month. It is also key to look at other market indicators of price movement for the stock, where we see that the relative strength index (RSI) is at 45.60 to suggest the stock is neutral.
26 analysts observing the Novartis AG (NVS) stock have set the 12-month price targets for the company’s shares at between $76.20 and $107.00. The consensus objective for the share price is $102.00, suggesting that the stock has a potential upside of 23.3% over the period. The median price target is 12.01% away from the current levels at $88.91.
FactSet Research has provided data showing that 26 brokerages have issued ratings for the stock. 4 analysts have rated it as a sell, while 2 advise that it is a overweight. 6 analysts have rated it as a buy and 14 have advised that investors hold their positions. The consensus recommendation rating is Hold and Wall Street’s advice is for investors to Moderate Buy the stock.
The current price level is -0.86%, -5.00%, and -8.74% away from its SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200 respectively, with the NVS price moving above the 50-day SMA on October 04. Novartis AG (NVS) stock is up 4.80% over the week and -1.84% over the past month. Its price is -10.56% year-to-date and -5.12% over the past year.
The stock last released its quarterly earnings report for quarter ended 6/29/2022, with the company’s earnings per share (EPS) of $1.56 above consensus estimates by $0.06. The company’s next earnings report is expected on 01/25/2023, with forecasts estimating quarterly EPS at $1.55 and $6.11 for whole year. NVS’s earnings per share are forecast to shrink by -2.90% this year and 9.50% over next year. Expected sales for next quarter are $13.44 billion, which analysts say will come at $52.5 billion for the current fiscal year and next year at $54.01 billion. In addition, estimates put the company’s current quarterly revenue at an average of $13.04 billion.
Its 12-month price target is $88.91. To reach the target analysts have set, the stock logically needs to grow 23.3 percent from here. Of course, the average price target is just what the average analysts believe a stock will be worth in the next 52 weeks, and is only one metric. There are analysts with lower targets than the average, including one bearish Wall Street research firm advocating investors to wait for the price to pull back to $76.20, given the recent momentum. And then, on the bullish side of things, one analyst is expecting the stock to peak at $107.00.
Outstanding shares total 2.20B with insiders holding 0.01% of the shares and institutional holders owning 9.65% of the company’s common stock. The company has a return on investment of 9.70% and return on equity of 36.90%. The price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 7.66 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 11.79. The beta has a value of 0.54. Price to book ratio is 2.73 and price to sales ratio is 3.60.
According to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Dodge & Cox Stock Fund has reduced its position in Novartis AG (NVS) to 15,696,200 shares, mirroring a recent drop by -18.91%. Dodge & Cox Stock Fund dumped -3.66 million shares of Novartis AG common stock bringing its total worth to about $1.26 billion at the end of recent close, SEC documents show.