Fortive (NYSE:FTV) Upgraded to Buy at StockNews.com

StockNews.com upgraded shares of Fortive (NYSE:FTVGet Rating) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report published on Monday.

Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on FTV. Morgan Stanley lifted their price target on shares of Fortive from $64.00 to $68.00 and gave the company an equal weight rating in a research note on Friday. Mizuho decreased their price target on shares of Fortive from $62.00 to $60.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research note on Monday, July 18th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted their price target on shares of Fortive from $60.00 to $68.00 and gave the company a maintains rating in a research note on Friday. Credit Suisse Group set a $74.00 price target on shares of Fortive in a research note on Tuesday, July 19th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company boosted their target price on shares of Fortive from $57.00 to $63.00 and gave the stock an equal weight rating in a research report on Monday. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. Based on data from MarketBeat, Fortive currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $70.71.

Fortive Price Performance

FTV stock opened at $64.43 on Monday. The firm has a market cap of $23.09 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 35.79, a PEG ratio of 2.22 and a beta of 1.16. The company has a quick ratio of 0.73, a current ratio of 0.94 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.28. Fortive has a 12-month low of $52.47 and a 12-month high of $79.87. The company’s fifty day simple moving average is $57.78 and its 200 day simple moving average is $60.62.

Fortive (NYSE:FTVGet Rating) last released its earnings results on Thursday, July 28th. The technology company reported $0.78 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $0.72 by $0.06. The business had revenue of $1.46 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.41 billion. Fortive had a net margin of 11.86% and a return on equity of 11.25%. Fortive’s revenue for the quarter was up 10.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned $0.66 earnings per share. On average, analysts expect that Fortive will post 3.1 earnings per share for the current year.

Institutional Trading of Fortive

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of FTV. Northwest Bancshares Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Fortive during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $25,000. Howe & Rusling Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Fortive by 103.9% during the 1st quarter. Howe & Rusling Inc. now owns 418 shares of the technology company’s stock valued at $25,000 after buying an additional 213 shares in the last quarter. Riverview Trust Co purchased a new stake in shares of Fortive during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $27,000. Investors Asset Management of Georgia Inc. GA ADV purchased a new stake in shares of Fortive during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $27,000. Finally, Crewe Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Fortive during the 4th quarter valued at approximately $31,000. 95.21% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Fortive

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Fortive Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and services professional and engineered products, software, and services worldwide. Its Intelligent Operating Solutions segment offers connected reliability tools; environment, health, safety, and quality enterprise software products; facility and asset lifecycle software; pre-construction planning and construction procurement solutions; ruggedized professional test tools; electric, pressure, and temperature calibration tools; and portable gas detection tools for a range of vertical end markets including manufacturing, process industries, healthcare, utilities and power, communications and electronics, and others.

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