KeyCorp Reiterates “Hold” Rating for Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (DGX) – Dispatch Tribunal


Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE:DGX)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reiterated by KeyCorp in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

DGX has been the topic of several other research reports. ValuEngine raised shares of Quest Diagnostics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. Wells Fargo & Company dropped their target price on shares of Quest Diagnostics from $88.00 to $86.00 and set a “market perform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Quest Diagnostics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 3rd. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) cut shares of Quest Diagnostics from a “conviction-buy” rating to a “buy” rating and dropped their target price for the stock from $121.00 to $113.00 in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Finally, BidaskClub cut shares of Quest Diagnostics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, fourteen have issued a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Quest Diagnostics currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $106.18.

Quest Diagnostics (DGX) traded up 0.93% during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $95.68. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 887,486 shares. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $96.64 and a 200 day moving average price of $104.44. Quest Diagnostics has a 52-week low of $79.28 and a 52-week high of $112.97. The company has a market cap of $13.05 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 19.28 and a beta of 0.65.

Quest Diagnostics (NYSE:DGX) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 19th. The medical research company reported $1.39 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $1.35 by $0.04. The business had revenue of $1.93 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.92 billion. Quest Diagnostics had a return on equity of 15.53% and a net margin of 8.82%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 2.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $1.37 EPS. Equities research analysts anticipate that Quest Diagnostics will post $5.64 earnings per share for the current year.

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In other Quest Diagnostics news, Director Jeffrey M. Leiden sold 296 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Friday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.66, for a total transaction of $31,571.36. Following the sale, the director now owns 6,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $639,960. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Chairman Stephen H. Rusckowski sold 59,235 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $108.16, for a total transaction of $6,406,857.60. Following the sale, the chairman now directly owns 220,049 shares in the company, valued at approximately $23,800,499.84. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 160,692 shares of company stock worth $17,375,423 in the last three months. Insiders own 1.75% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of DGX. FMR LLC raised its holdings in Quest Diagnostics by 2.4% during the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 759,611 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $74,586,000 after acquiring an additional 17,794 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its holdings in Quest Diagnostics by 23.6% during the 1st quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 219,065 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $21,510,000 after acquiring an additional 41,822 shares during the period. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans raised its holdings in Quest Diagnostics by 4.5% during the 1st quarter. Thrivent Financial For Lutherans now owns 5,100 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $501,000 after acquiring an additional 220 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley raised its holdings in Quest Diagnostics by 36.1% during the 1st quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 404,522 shares of the medical research company’s stock valued at $39,720,000 after acquiring an additional 107,330 shares during the period. Finally, Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. bought a new stake in Quest Diagnostics during the 1st quarter valued at $741,000. 87.08% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Quest Diagnostics

Quest Diagnostics Incorporated is a provider of diagnostic information services. The Company operates through two businesses: Diagnostic Information Services and Diagnostic Solutions. The Diagnostic Information Services business develops and delivers diagnostic testing information and services, providing insights that empower and enable a range of customers, including patients, clinicians, hospitals, integrated delivery networks (IDNs), health plans, employers and accountable care organizations (ACOs).

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