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$86.15

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CROs should benefit from growth of risk-based monitoring, says KeyBanc

KeyBanc says that industry guidelines recently adopted by the EU should be a catalyst for risk-based monitoring technologies, or RBM. KeyBanc says that CROs such as QuintilesIMS (Q) and ICON plc (ICON) can bundle their risk-based monitoring software-as-a-service with their other services, generating efficiencies which can increase their profits. The analyst adds that the increased use of RBM should increase the CROs' gross margins and market share over the longer run. The firm raised its price target on QuintilesIMS to $96 from $90 and on ICON to $103 from $98. It keeps Overweight ratings on QuintilesIMS and ICON.

Q

QuintilesIMS

$86.15

-1.65 (-1.88%)

ICLR

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$97.00

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Q QuintilesIMS
$86.15

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05/03/17
WELS
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DOWNGRADE
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Market Perform
Medpace downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Tim Evans downgraded Medpace (MEDP) to Market Perform saying the company has "considerably lower visibility than peers" on 2017 and 2018. The analyst prefers contract research organizations that are most likely to be share takers in an increasingly competitive environment. He lowered his price target range for the shares to $23-$25 from $32-$33. Evans this morning also downgraded INC Research (INCR) to Market Perform. He views PRA Health (PRAH), ICON plc (ICLR) and QuintilesIMS (Q) as share takers in the CRO space.
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FBCO
03/31/17
INITIATION
Target $89
FBCO
Outperform
QuintilesIMS initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse analyst Erin Wilson Wright started QuintilesIMS with an Outperform rating and an $89 price target saying it should benefit from sustained strength in outsourcing demand while leveraging its leading global healthcare information and technology platform.
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UPGRADE
WELS
Outperform
QuintilesIMS upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo analyst Tim Evans upgraded QuintilesIMS to Outperform following a review of the company's annual filing. A "controversial and complex merger story now looks less risky," Evans tells investors in a research note. The analyst forecasts annual earnings growth of 15%-20% for the 2018-2020 period. He has a $90-$92 price target range for QuintilesIMS shares.
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BARD
02/15/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $74
BARD
Underperform
QuintilesIMS downgraded to Underperform at Baird
As reported previously, Baird analyst Eric Coldwell downgraded QuintilesIMS to Underperform from Neutral. The analyst said he would take advantage of market inefficiencies and sell all shares. He believes the fundamentals do not support the valuation. Coldwell lowered his price target to $74 from $80 on QuintilesIMS shares.
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$97.00

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03/23/17
MZHO
03/23/17
INITIATION
Target $86
MZHO
Neutral
ICON plc initiated with a Neutral at Mizuho
Mizuho analyst Ann Hynes initiated ICON plc with a Neutral and an $86 price target saying valuation is fair. The analyst said ICON is facing challenges in 2017 from the cancellation of a high-profile clinical trial and near-term industry headwinds.
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02/17/17
NO CHANGE
Target $105
UBSW
Buy
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UPGRADE
Target $64
GSCO
Buy
ICON plc upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman analyst Robert Jones upgraded ICON to Buy and maintained its price target to $64 citing accelerating non-PFE revenue growth, reduced client concentration, recent large cancel contemplated and strategic opportunity.

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