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Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) is Waving the Bear Flag

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Novartis AG (NVS) shares are trading at lower $85.94 and the avg recommendation for the stock is Strong Buy, while the current analyst price target stands at $104.50.

To add more color to this target, the company’s high over the last year is $99.84 and the low is $69.18. Over the last 52 weeks, NVS is up 0.73% while the S&P 500 is up 18.10%. The catalyst for this interesting swing was the company’s recent earnings report.

A Notable Earnings Report

In the last quarter, NVS reported a profit of $8.19 billion. Novartis AG also saw revenues increase to $11.62 billion. In addition, NVS has free cash flow of $6.01 billion as of 06-2020. The company’s EBITDA came in at $2.35 billion which compares well with its peers.

NVS booked profit margins of 14.60%, its Return on Equity (ROE) is 13.60%, and its Return on Assets is 6.00%. All told, it is clear that, NVS needs to be on your watchlist.

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Of course, we must look beyond the financials and question how well those numbers represent the sustainable earnings power of the business. Investors need to know how sustainable this current run. NVS has a short ratio of 1.40 and outstanding shares of 2.29B.

Company Outlook

NVS has seen increased volume after this news and investors are putting their support behind the value proposition. Traders will also note the company’s earnings per share came in at 3.14. Novartis AG NVS also noted assets of $123.76 billion at the end of the last quarter. Investors should also keep an eye on sector updates as NVS has historically followed its peers on positive news.

All told, Novartis AG NVS has strung together solid data and demonstrated underlying fundamentals. At its current valuation, NVS represents an interesting risk/reward case. Traders should stay tuned to see if this recent report will push the stock to test recent resistance levels.

Novartis AG NVS is now commanding a market cap of 211.55B and a float of 2.26B. NVS is increasing its credibility in this sector and that could lead to more upside down the line. Sign-up for continuing coverage on shares of NVS stock, as well as other hot stock picks, get our free newsletter today and get our next breakout pick!

Disclosure: we hold no position in NVS, either long or short, and we have not been compensated for this article.

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