AmerisourceBergen Stock Set for Big Surge on WBA Buyout Buzz

Posted February 16, 2018

Analysts are scratching their heads over the benefits to be gained from Walgreens Boots Alliance buying a major drug distributor. This repurchase authorization allows the pharmacy operator to repurchase shares of its stock through open market purchases. For the past 5 years, the company's revenue has grown 2.1%, while the company's earnings per share has grown 41%. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Hudock Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in Walgreens Boots Alliance by 0.5% during the 2nd quarter. 0 analysts gave its stock an Outperform rating. He later pushed for the partnership between Alliance Boots and Walgreens, which eventually bought the rest of Alliance in 2014 and made Pessina chief executive officer. The Monthly and Yearly performances are -9.18 percent and -17.82 percent respectively. (NASDAQ:WBA) touched its 1-Year High price of $88.00 on 02/21/17 and its 1-Year Low price of $63.82 on 10/27/17. Their average price target spell out an upbeat performance - a 26% and would give WBA a market capitalization of almost $85.03B.

Walgreens started buying shares of AmerisourceBergen in 2013, when it entered a 10-year supply agreement with the company. 3,997,900 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 6,008,662.

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The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Monday, March 12th.

WARNING: "Glenview Trust Co Trims Holdings in Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc (WBA)" was posted by and is owned by of Stockholders of record on Thursday, February 15th will be issued a $0.40 dividend. The PEG ratio is used to determine a stock's value while taking the company's earnings growth into account, and is considered to provide a more complete picture than the P/E ratio.

Several research firms recently weighed in on WBA. BidaskClub raised Walgreens Boots Alliance from a "sell" rating to a "hold" rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. This represents a $1.60 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 2.34%.

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When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), WBA is given a 2.20 while 2.00 placed for COP. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, February 14th. The firm has current ratio of 1.00 that indicates firm has capacity of total assets to cover its short-term and long term obligations. The company maintains price to book ratio of 31.21 industry average at 6.64. If you are viewing this story on another website, it was copied illegally and republished in violation of United States & global copyright and trademark law. The legal version of this article can be viewed at

The companies, along with pharmacies like Walgreens, have been feeling pressure from the potential that Amazon could be getting into healthcare.

Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. operates as a retail drugstore chain.

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Three drug distributors - AmerisourceBergen, McKesson, and Cardinal Health - distribute about 90% of the US's medications to pharmacies and hospitals. The Company's products are marketed under a number of brands, which include No7, the Botanics range, Almus (generic medicines), Boots Pharmaceuticals and Soap & Glory (bathing and beauty brand).