Why Pfizer (PFE) Stock Is Lower Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Pfizer Inc. (PFE) are down -1.41% to $30.71 on volume of over 12 million shares.

Earlier today AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) rejected the company's improved takeover offer, saying the $106.5 billion offer fails to appreciate the value of the drugmaker's promising medicines under development, Bloomberg reports.

AstraZeneca shares are flat.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates PFIZER INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate PFIZER INC (PFE) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • PFIZER INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, PFIZER INC increased its bottom line by earning $1.65 versus $1.20 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($2.22 versus $1.65).
  • The current debt-to-equity ratio, 0.48, is low and is below the industry average, implying that there has been successful management of debt levels. To add to this, PFE has a quick ratio of 1.79, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $5,786.00 million or 10.08% when compared to the same quarter last year. The firm also exceeded the industry average cash flow growth rate of -22.12%.
  • 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 Pharmaceuticals industry and the overall market on the basis of return on equity, PFIZER INC has underperformed in comparison with the industry average, but has exceeded that of the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: PFE Ratings Report
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