Illumina, Inc. (ILMN) Given Average Recommendation of “Hold” by Brokerages

Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the twenty-six research firms that are presently covering the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, eleven have given a hold recommendation, ten have assigned a buy recommendation and one has issued a strong buy recommendation on the company. The average 1-year target price among analysts that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $158.01.

Several research analysts recently weighed in on ILMN shares. CL King raised Illumina from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, January 6th. Vetr raised Illumina from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $148.34 target price for the company in a report on Tuesday, January 3rd. Piper Jaffray Companies reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $187.00 target price (up from $170.00) on shares of Illumina in a report on Friday, April 14th. Evercore ISI raised Illumina from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $190.00 target price for the company in a report on Monday, February 27th. Finally, Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $150.00 target price on shares of Illumina in a report on Wednesday, January 11th.

In other news, Director Daniel Bradbury sold 600 shares of Illumina stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, April 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $172.79, for a total transaction of $103,674.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 17,065 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,948,661.35. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director A Blaine Bowman sold 3,000 shares of Illumina stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, April 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $172.72, for a total value of $518,160.00. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 18,704 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,230,554.88. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 12,476 shares of company stock worth $2,078,440 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 1.60% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Global X Management Co. LLC increased its position in Illumina by 1,400.0% in the third quarter. Global X Management Co. LLC now owns 600 shares of the life sciences company’s stock valued at $109,000 after buying an additional 560 shares during the period. Gemmer Asset Management LLC increased its position in Illumina by 5.7% in the first quarter. Gemmer Asset Management LLC now owns 686 shares of the life sciences company’s stock valued at $117,000 after buying an additional 37 shares during the period. B.S. Pension Fund Trustee Ltd acting for the British Steel Pension Fund bought a new position in Illumina during the third quarter valued at approximately $171,000. Stanford Investment Group Inc. increased its position in Illumina by 5.7% in the fourth quarter. Stanford Investment Group Inc. now owns 1,400 shares of the life sciences company’s stock valued at $179,000 after buying an additional 75 shares during the period. Finally, RMB Capital Management LLC bought a new position in Illumina during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $219,000. 92.79% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) traded down 1.06% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $175.29. 1,303,066 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock has a market cap of $25.64 billion, a PE ratio of 57.10 and a beta of 0.79. Illumina has a 12-month low of $119.37 and a 12-month high of $186.88. The company has a 50 day moving average of $169.25 and a 200-day moving average of $152.32.

Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, January 31st. The life sciences company reported $0.85 earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.82 by $0.03. Illumina had a return on equity of 22.89% and a net margin of 19.31%. The business earned $619 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $612.50 million. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $0.81 earnings per share. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 4.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts forecast that Illumina will post $3.64 earnings per share for the current year.

About Illumina

Illumina, Inc (Illumina) is a provider of sequencing- and array-based solutions for genetic analysis. The Company operates through two segments: Core Illumina and the consolidated variable interest entities (VIEs), which include the activities of GRAIL, Inc (GRAIL) and Helix Holdings I, LLC (Helix). Core Illumina consists of its core operations.

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