ValuEngine cut shares of Lazard Ltd. (NYSE:LAZ) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a report released on Thursday.

Several other analysts have also issued reports on LAZ. Keefe, Bruyette & Woods restated a buy rating and set a $51.00 target price on shares of Lazard in a research report on Tuesday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Lazard from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, June 6th. Finally, BidaskClub upgraded shares of Lazard from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, June 21st. Five investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $46.89.

Shares of Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) opened at 42.19 on Thursday. The company has a market cap of $5.13 billion, a PE ratio of 11.95 and a beta of 1.84. Lazard has a 52-week low of $33.48 and a 52-week high of $48.86. The company has a 50 day moving average of $45.31 and a 200-day moving average of $44.80.

Lazard (NYSE:LAZ) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The asset manager reported $0.98 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.80 by $0.18. The company had revenue of $720.16 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $627.12 million. Lazard had a net margin of 17.39% and a return on equity of 39.33%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 32.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted $0.61 earnings per share. Analysts forecast that Lazard will post $3.52 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Friday, August 18th. Shareholders of record on Monday, August 7th were issued a dividend of $0.41 per share. This represents a $1.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 3.89%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, August 3rd. Lazard’s dividend payout ratio is currently 46.46%.

In other Lazard news, CFO Matthieu Bucaille sold 90,000 shares of Lazard stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.81, for a total transaction of $4,032,900.00. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. 2.50% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of LAZ. Neuberger Berman Group LLC bought a new position in Lazard during the first quarter valued at approximately $335,000. UBS Group AG increased its position in Lazard by 84.2% in the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 322,512 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $14,832,000 after buying an additional 147,436 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in Lazard by 12.3% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,038,087 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $47,741,000 after buying an additional 113,597 shares during the period. Osborne Partners Capital Management LLC increased its position in Lazard by 0.7% in the second quarter. Osborne Partners Capital Management LLC now owns 93,660 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $4,339,000 after buying an additional 687 shares during the period. Finally, RWC Asset Management LLP increased its position in Lazard by 62.6% in the first quarter. RWC Asset Management LLP now owns 529,113 shares of the asset manager’s stock valued at $24,334,000 after buying an additional 203,691 shares during the period. 72.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About Lazard

Lazard Ltd (Lazard) is a financial advisory and asset management company. The Company operates through two segments: Financial Advisory and Asset Management. It serves a range of clients around the world, including corporations, governments, institutions, partnerships and individuals. The Financial Advisory business segment offers corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients across the globe a range of financial advisory services regarding mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and other strategic matters, restructurings, capital structure, capital raising and various other financial matters to corporate, partnership, institutional, government, sovereign and individual clients.

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