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Is Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NasdaqGS:WBA) Fairly Valued?

20 May 2017, 09:06 | Jan Cross

(WBA) were valued at $84.51 and moved -0.53% as of a recent closing trade. This represents an increase of 753% compared to the typical volume of 2,633 call options.

In other Walgreens Boots Alliance news, Director William C. Foote sold 2,736 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction on Wednesday, May 3rd. (WBA) 52 week low value is at $74.71 and its current distance from 52 week low value is 9.39%. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 21,887 shares of the company's stock, valued at $1,879,874.43. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed an "outperform" rating on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research note on Tuesday, January 24th. The Average Volume of the company is 3.62 Million and P/E (price to earnings) ratio is 20.86, while Forward P/E ratio is 14.81. Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc has a 52-week low of $75.74 and a 52-week high of $89.69. Shares have risen 0.88% over the trailing 6 months. Zacks Investment Management boosted its position in Walgreens Boots Alliance by 0.3% in the third quarter. The firm owned 1,421 shares of the pharmacy operator's stock after selling 1,508 shares during the period. Developed by hedge fund manager Joel Greenblatt, the intention of the formula is to spot high quality companies that are trading at an attractive price.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on WBA. However, the company's most recent quarter decrease of -2.4% looks unattractive.

01/30/2017 - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. had its "outperform" rating reiterated by analysts at Wells Fargo. Evercore ISI reiterated a "buy" rating and issued a $93.00 target price on shares of Walgreens Boots Alliance in a research report on Tuesday, January 31st. MD boosted its stake in Walgreens Boots Alliance by 35.1% in the third quarter. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and eleven have assigned a buy rating to the company's stock. The stock presently has an average rating of "Buy" and an average target price of $91.77. A total of 2.70 million shares exchanged hands as contrast to its average trading volume of 3.21 million shares. Float is the number of shares available for trading of a particular stock. Over the long run, the price of a stock will generally go up in lock step with its earnings (assuming the P/E ratio is constant). The company was able to keep return on investment at 19.90% in the last twelve months.

While considering growth estimates of the company, it has next quarter growth estimates of 13.1% whereas during current quarter it has 11% estimations over growth, comparing to the estimations of 8.5% during current year and 10.4% for next year. For the current year the company's revenue estimates are $117.6 Billion compared to low analyst estimates of $115.14 Billion and high estimates of $122.8 Billion according to 21 number of analysts.

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04/03/2017 - Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. had its "equal weight" rating reiterated by analysts at Barclays.

WBA's revenue has grown at an average annualized rate of about 10.2% during the past five years. Its sales stood at 7.90% a year on average in the period of last five years. Equities analysts forecast that Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc will post $4.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, June 12th. In this case, shares are down -8.88% from $89.69, the 52-week high touched on February 21, 2017, and are keeping their losses at 8.33% for the past 12 months. The ex-dividend date is Tuesday, May 16th. Walgreens Boots Alliance's dividend payout ratio is now 39.68%. Walgreens Boots Alliance also was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Wednesday. If you are reading this news story on another domain, it was copied illegally and republished in violation of U.S. and global copyright law.

And it remains to be seen which target price WBA can achieve without sacrificing much as the company is holding a 7.88% gain for the past twelve months.

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