Published On: Tue, Sep 20th, 2016

Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (ESPR) Trading Up 2.7%

Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR) shares were up 2.7% during mid-day trading on Monday . The company traded as high as $11.69 and last traded at $11.52, with a volume of 214,925 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $11.22.
A number of research analysts recently issued reports on ESPR shares. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Esperion Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, August 9th. Lake Street Capital dropped their price target on Esperion Therapeutics from $80.00 to $27.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Vetr raised Esperion Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $12.60 price objective for the company in a research report on Monday, August 1st. WallachBeth Capital cut Esperion Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $35.00 price objective for the company. in a research report on Tuesday, July 5th. Finally, JMP Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research report on Thursday, June 16th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.40.
The stock’s market capitalization is $257.97 million. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $10.96 and a 200 day moving average of $14.40.

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Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) last released its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.62) earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.78) by $0.16. During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.55) earnings per share. Equities analysts predict that Esperion Therapeutics Inc. will post ($3.37) EPS for the current year.
In other news, Director Mark E. Mcgovern bought 5,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 6th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $10.00 per share, for a total transaction of $50,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 600 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,000. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 35.40% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ESPR. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. increased its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 1.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 330,950 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $5,596,000 after buying an additional 4,471 shares during the period. Rhenman & Partners Asset Management AB increased its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 50.0% in the first quarter. Rhenman & Partners Asset Management AB now owns 150,000 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $2,537,000 after buying an additional 50,000 shares during the period. Bellevue Group AG purchased a new stake in Esperion Therapeutics during the first quarter worth $676,000. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 17.8% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 107,392 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,815,000 after buying an additional 16,208 shares during the period. Finally, A.R.T. Advisors LLC increased its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 93.6% in the first quarter. A.R.T. Advisors LLC now owns 200,858 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $3,396,000 after buying an additional 97,112 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 65.22% of the company’s stock.
About Esperion Therapeutics
Esperion Therapeutics, Inc is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing oral, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated LDL-C. The Company’s segment is the business of researching, developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated LDL-C.

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