These Hedge Funds Still Love Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX)

Another important metric used by institutional and retail investors alike, is the analyst price target on a stock.

Ackman doubled his bets on Valeant in the past - refusing to get out while other investors ran for the hills - on grounds that the pharmaceutical company's management could turn the firm around. According to their observations and findings, the stock could provide a high EPS of $1.21/share and a Low EPS of $0.37/share.

Billionaire investor William Ackman spent more than a year trying to revive Valeant's stock price by helping to overhaul management, refresh the company's board, and push for asset sales.

The energy group retreated 2.3 per cent as oil prices fell to three-month lows after OPEC reported that crude inventories in developed countries had risen above the five-year average in January despite production cuts by some of the world's largest exporters. Still, the company's stock price kept sinking despite hopes that a merger deal might be around the corner.

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But those investors are ignoring an important point: Valeant shares are incredibly cheap on a price-to-cash flow basis. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $14.37 and a 200-day moving average price of $19.09. On the stock market today it touched an all-time low at 10.50, and was down 12.5%, near 10.60, in midmorning trading. While the actual EPS the company reported in the same quarter previous year was 1.27/share. According to these analysts, the Low Revenue Estimate for Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, 2.06 Billion and the High Revenue Estimate is 2.24 Billion. The stock had previously closed at $12.11. Until now, Ackman has stood by Valeant, at times being its most vocal advocate. Also, Director Thomas W. Sr.

The company's growth for the past 5 years has been at 12.66 percent. Ross acquired 5,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 14th. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

VRX has been the topic of a number of other research reports.

Analysts estimated $1.21/share for the previous Quarter, where Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. Pacific Alternative Asset Management Company LLC bought a new stake in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl during the second quarter valued at approximately $884,000. Kistler Tiffany Companies LLC now owns 5,567 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company's stock worth $137,000 after buying an additional 2,719 shares during the last quarter. Compagnie Lombard Odier SCmA raised its stake in shares of Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl by 1,404.9% in the second quarter. The company made a handful of key bolt-on acquisitions, buying Coria Laboratories, Australia's DermaTech, Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mexico's Tecnofarma and Aton Pharmaceuticals. (See "We are on the brink of a catastrophe": nine highlights from Bill Ackman's Valeant emails.) The markets will reward strong earnings growth and organic business growth over time.