Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV bought a new position in Iqvia Holdings Inc (NYSE:IQV) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The institutional investor bought 6,298 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $732,000.
Other institutional investors and hedge funds also recently modified their holdings of the company. CENTRAL TRUST Co boosted its stake in shares of Iqvia by 1,150.0% in the fourth quarter. CENTRAL TRUST Co now owns 375 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $44,000 after buying an additional 345 shares during the last quarter. Berman Capital Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Iqvia in the fourth quarter worth about $46,000. ERTS Wealth Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Iqvia in the fourth quarter worth about $46,000. Kaizen Advisory LLC boosted its stake in shares of Iqvia by 33.1% in the fourth quarter. Kaizen Advisory LLC now owns 450 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $52,000 after buying an additional 112 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Financial Gravity Companies Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Iqvia in the fourth quarter worth about $59,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 91.01% of the company’s stock.
In related news, Director Ronald A. Rittenmeyer sold 3,840 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, February 5th. The stock was sold at an average price of $130.00, for a total value of $499,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, Director Michael J. Evanisko sold 1,193 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, April 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $144.95, for a total value of $172,925.35. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 4,172,538 shares of company stock worth $587,465,163. Company insiders own 6.00% of the company’s stock.
Iqvia (NYSE:IQV) last released its earnings results on Thursday, February 14th. The medical research company reported $1.50 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $1.47 by $0.03. The business had revenue of $2.69 billion for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.62 billion. Iqvia had a return on equity of 14.25% and a net margin of 2.49%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 6.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.40 earnings per share. On average, research analysts predict that Iqvia Holdings Inc will post 5.87 EPS for the current year.
A number of analysts have recently commented on IQV shares. Jefferies Financial Group upgraded Iqvia from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and upped their target price for the stock from $136.00 to $150.00 in a research note on Friday, January 18th. UBS Group set a $170.00 price target on Iqvia and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, February 15th. Barclays increased their price target on Iqvia from $160.00 to $167.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Monday, March 18th. Goldman Sachs Group upgraded Iqvia from a “buy” rating to a “conviction-buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 11th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co increased their price target on Iqvia from $140.00 to $160.00 and gave the stock an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, February 19th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $146.88.
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Iqvia Company Profile
IQVIA Holdings Inc provides advanced analytics, technology solutions, and contract research services to the life sciences industry in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. It operates through three segments: Technology & Analytics Solutions, Research & Development Solutions, and Contract Sales & Medical Solutions.
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