Amgen Inc Stock Buy Recommendation Reiterated (AMGN)

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NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN) has been reiterated by TheStreet Ratings as a buy with a ratings score of A . The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the ratings report include:
  • AMGN's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 7.0%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 13.1%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 28.80% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 43.45% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, AMGN should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Biotechnology industry and the overall market, AMGEN INC's return on equity exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Biotechnology industry average. The net income increased by 8.2% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,170.00 million to $1,266.00 million.

Amgen Inc., a biotechnology medicines company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and markets human therapeutics based on advances in cellular and molecular biology for grievous illnesses primarily in the United States, Europe, and Canada. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, equal to the average drugs industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Amgen has a market cap of $63.43 billion and is part of the health care sector and drugs industry. Shares are up 27.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

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--Written by a member of TheStreet Ratings Staff.

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