Major Analyst Actions Under Review: Baxter International Inc. (BAX), Amgen Inc. (AMGN)

The recently concluded session had traders exchanging Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) high level. Roughly 2.54 million shares changed hands compared to the three-month volume average 2.25 million shares. The first trade took place at $64.24 and the stock went up 0.97% to attain the closing price of $64.74.

Baxter International Inc. (BAX) Analyst Opinion

Baxter International Inc. has a consensus hold rating from 16 Wall Street analysts, and the number of shares currently sold short amount to at least 1.02% of shares outstanding. The stock sank -0.29% last month and is up 46.01 this year. Wall Street is only getting more bullish on the stock, with 6 of analysts who cover BAX having a buy-equivalent rating. Analysts have placed a $68.38 price target on Baxter International Inc., suggesting a 5.62% gain from recent close. It’s currently trading about -1.46% below its 52-week high.

Baxter International Inc. Earnings Surprise

Baxter International Inc. (BAX) surprised the stock market in its last reported earnings when it earned $0.64 a piece versus the consensus-estimated $0.59. Its revenue totaled $2.66 billion up 2.03% from the previous quarter.

Baxter International Inc. (NYSE:BAX) Intraday View

This stock (BAX) is ahead of its 52-week low with 50.1%. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 0.95% which for the week stands at 1.48%. The share price has moved forward from its 20 days moving average, trading at a distance of 0.41% and stays 1.57% away from its 50 days moving average. Over the last five days, shares have managed 1.35% gains and now is up 10.23% since hitting its 200-day moving average of $61.6. Baxter International Inc. (BAX) has made its way to a 12-month gain of 38.57%.

Turning to Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), its shares were trading at $169.71 a retreat of $-0.41, on the trading floor. The stock, after opening at $170.56, touched a high of $171.26 before paring much of its gains. So far, analysts are sticking with their neutral recommendations with the consensus call at 2.4. Amgen Inc. has 5 buy ratings, 15 holds and 0 sells even after the stock tumbled -11.19% from its high of $191.10 to a $123.08 billion market value through last close.

Amgen Inc. (AMGN) Consensus Price Target

The company’s consensus rating on Reuter’s scale improved from 2.32 to 2.38 during a month. Analysts set a 12-month price target of $190.55 a share. The target implies a 12.28% spike from where the shares are currently trading. Also, the current price highlights a discount of 28.45% to analysts’ high consensus price target.

Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) Intraday Trading

The counter witnessed a trading volume of 2.05 million shares versus an average volume of 2.66 million shares during last trading session. Its last month’s stock price volatility remained 0.95% which for the week approaches 1.4%. The lowest price the stock reached in the last trading day was $169.56 and compares with the $138.83 52-week low. The stock recovered 22.24% since its low point and has performed 16.07% year-to-date.

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