Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (BMY) Short Interest Up 18.9% in January

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Bristol-Myers Squibb Co (NYSE:BMY) saw a large growth in short interest in the month of January. As of January 31st, there was short interest totalling 57,526,799 shares, a growth of 18.9% from the January 15th total of 48,401,111 shares. Approximately 3.5% of the shares of the company are sold short. Based on an average trading volume of 15,761,533 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.6 days.

BMY opened at $50.98 on Thursday. The company has a current ratio of 1.53, a quick ratio of 1.40 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41. Bristol-Myers Squibb has a twelve month low of $44.30 and a twelve month high of $70.05. The stock has a market cap of $82.10 billion, a P/E ratio of 12.81, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.60 and a beta of 0.83.

Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, January 24th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $0.94 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.85 by $0.09. Bristol-Myers Squibb had a net margin of 21.95% and a return on equity of 50.03%. The company had revenue of $5.97 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $5.95 billion. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted $0.68 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 9.6% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts predict that Bristol-Myers Squibb will post 4.16 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, February 1st. Shareholders of record on Friday, January 4th were issued a $0.41 dividend. This represents a $1.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 3.22%. This is a positive change from Bristol-Myers Squibb’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.40. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, January 3rd. Bristol-Myers Squibb’s dividend payout ratio is 41.21%.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Riverview Trust Co bought a new stake in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb during the fourth quarter valued at about $33,000. Portfolio Solutions LLC acquired a new stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb in the 4th quarter worth approximately $37,000. Gantzert Investment Co. LLC ADV bought a new position in Bristol-Myers Squibb in the 4th quarter worth approximately $39,000. 1 North Wealth Services LLC bought a new stake in shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $42,000. Finally, Berman Capital Advisors LLC acquired a new stake in Bristol-Myers Squibb in the 4th quarter valued at $63,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 73.19% of the company’s stock.

A number of equities research analysts have recently commented on BMY shares. William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb in a report on Monday, October 22nd. Citigroup downgraded shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $62.00 to $57.00 in a report on Monday, October 22nd. ValuEngine lowered shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, October 19th. Credit Suisse Group restated a “hold” rating and issued a $59.00 price objective on shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb in a report on Thursday, December 13th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on Bristol-Myers Squibb from $55.00 to $58.00 and gave the company a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 16th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, thirteen have assigned a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $60.21.

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About Bristol-Myers Squibb

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company discovers, develops, licenses, manufactures, markets, and distributes biopharmaceutical products worldwide. The company offers drugs in various therapeutic areas, such as oncology; cardiovascular; immunoscience; and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. Its products include Opdivo, a biological product for anti-cancer indications; Eliquis, an inhibitor targeted at stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation and prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolic disorders; Orencia, a biological product that targets adult patients with active rheumatoid arthritis and prostate-specific antigen; and Sprycel, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor for the treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia.

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