BlackRock, Inc. (NYSE:BLK) Director William E. Ford bought 1,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, August 2nd. The shares were bought at an average cost of $467.92 per share, for a total transaction of $467,920.00. Following the transaction, the director now owns 5,400 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,526,768. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website.
BlackRock stock opened at $474.15 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.88, a current ratio of 3.87 and a quick ratio of 3.87. BlackRock, Inc. has a one year low of $408.62 and a one year high of $594.52. The stock has a market capitalization of $76.71 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 20.98, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.49 and a beta of 1.61.
BlackRock (NYSE:BLK) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, July 16th. The asset manager reported $6.66 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of $6.55 by $0.11. The company had revenue of $3.61 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.58 billion. BlackRock had a return on equity of 13.20% and a net margin of 38.97%. The firm’s revenue was up 11.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $5.24 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that BlackRock, Inc. will post 27.71 earnings per share for the current year.
The firm also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, September 24th. Shareholders of record on Friday, September 7th will be issued a $3.13 dividend. This is a positive change from BlackRock’s previous quarterly dividend of $2.88. This represents a $12.52 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.64%. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, September 6th. BlackRock’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 50.97%.
Several equities analysts have commented on the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. set a $547.00 price objective on BlackRock and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, July 8th. Citigroup upgraded BlackRock from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, June 18th. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on BlackRock from $624.00 to $607.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Thursday, July 12th. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods upgraded BlackRock from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $590.00 target price for the company in a report on Friday, July 13th. Finally, Barclays lowered their target price on BlackRock from $615.00 to $595.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a report on Tuesday, July 17th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $594.25.
A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. BlackRock Inc. grew its holdings in BlackRock by 2.1% in the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 7,601,685 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $3,793,546,000 after purchasing an additional 153,749 shares during the period. Summit Trail Advisors LLC lifted its position in shares of BlackRock by 53,902.3% in the first quarter. Summit Trail Advisors LLC now owns 1,274,454 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $1,274,000 after acquiring an additional 1,272,094 shares in the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of BlackRock by 2.8% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 476,036 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $237,562,000 after acquiring an additional 12,785 shares in the last quarter. Royal Bank of Canada lifted its position in shares of BlackRock by 6.9% in the first quarter. Royal Bank of Canada now owns 452,599 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $245,183,000 after acquiring an additional 29,222 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. lifted its position in shares of BlackRock by 1.5% in the first quarter. Amundi Pioneer Asset Management Inc. now owns 448,835 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $243,142,000 after acquiring an additional 6,507 shares in the last quarter. 84.12% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
BlackRock Company Profile
BlackRock, Inc is a publicly owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to institutional, intermediary, and individual investors including corporate, public, union, and industry pension plans, insurance companies, third-party mutual funds, endowments, public institutions, governments, foundations, charities, sovereign wealth funds, corporations, official institutions, and banks.
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