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Pfizer shares see price target hike from BMO on renewed focus

EditorEmilio Ghigini
Published 05/02/2024, 09:32 PM
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On Thursday, BMO Capital Markets adjusted its outlook on Pfizer Inc. (NYSE:PFE) shares, raising the price target to $36 from $33 while reiterating an Outperform rating. The revision follows discussions with Pfizer's CFO David Denton and management's commentary during the company's earnings call.

The conversations highlighted Pfizer's strategic emphasis on oncology, RSV, and hematology, coupled with a prudent yet optimistic view on recent and upcoming product launches.

Management's narrative also touched upon the gradual normalization of COVID-19's impact on the business. This shift is seen as a potential turning point for investors, as it addresses challenges without eliminating them. Analysts believe that Pfizer's current price-to-earnings ratio of 12 times is not reflective of the company's prospects post-COVID and following the Seagen deal.

Pfizer is committed to profit and loss management, with assurances that the dividend is secure and approximately $4 billion in cost savings expected for the fiscal year 2024. The company is also noted for its conservative approach to managing expectations and providing guidance that can be surpassed.

The analyst's statement emphasized the incongruity of Pfizer's valuation with its post-pandemic positioning, its strategic acquisitions, and its financial discipline.

The price target increase to $36 from the previous $33 underscores confidence in Pfizer's performance and direction. The analyst's endorsement of an Outperform rating suggests that Pfizer's stock may outpace the average market performance in the analyst's view.

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InvestingPro Tips highlight that Pfizer has raised its dividend for 13 consecutive years and has maintained dividend payments for 54 consecutive years, which could be a testament to the company's commitment to returning value to shareholders. Additionally, the company has been characterized by low price volatility, providing a sense of stability in an investor's portfolio. For investors seeking a more in-depth analysis, there are over ten additional InvestingPro Tips available, offering insights into Pfizer's expected net income growth, earnings revisions, and valuation multiples.

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