Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ:ALKS) Given a $78.00 Price Target by J P Morgan Chase & Co Analysts

Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ:ALKS) received a $78.00 target price from investment analysts at J P Morgan Chase & Co in a research note issued to investors on Friday, October 27th. The brokerage currently has a “buy” rating on the stock. J P Morgan Chase & Co’s target price indicates a potential upside of 63.01% from the company’s previous close.

ALKS has been the topic of several other research reports. UBS AG set a $54.00 target price on shares of Alkermes PLC and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Credit Suisse Group dropped their target price on shares of Alkermes PLC from $70.00 to $66.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Barclays PLC set a $50.00 price target on shares of Alkermes PLC and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Citigroup Inc. set a $62.00 price target on shares of Alkermes PLC and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Finally, ValuEngine downgraded shares of Alkermes PLC from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 23rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $63.55.

Shares of Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ ALKS) traded down $0.20 during trading on Friday, hitting $47.85. 1,285,300 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,069,902. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.23, a current ratio of 3.05 and a quick ratio of 2.72. Alkermes PLC has a 12-month low of $46.80 and a 12-month high of $63.40.

Alkermes PLC (NASDAQ:ALKS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The company reported $0.03 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.01) by $0.04. The company had revenue of $217.40 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $231.29 million. Alkermes PLC had a negative net margin of 20.12% and a negative return on equity of 7.27%. The firm’s revenue was up 20.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business earned ($0.09) earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Alkermes PLC will post -0.59 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, SVP James M. Frates sold 20,932 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $47.58, for a total value of $995,944.56. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CAO Kathryn L. Biberstein sold 13,566 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, September 11th. The shares were sold at an average price of $51.29, for a total transaction of $695,800.14. Following the completion of the sale, the chief accounting officer now owns 70,455 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,613,636.95. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 102,498 shares of company stock valued at $5,018,010. Company insiders own 5.34% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of ALKS. Russell Investments Group Ltd. grew its stake in shares of Alkermes PLC by 23.6% during the 1st quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 9,835 shares of the company’s stock worth $575,000 after purchasing an additional 1,877 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Alkermes PLC by 11.8% during the 1st quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 155,311 shares of the company’s stock worth $9,086,000 after purchasing an additional 16,354 shares during the period. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. grew its stake in shares of Alkermes PLC by 0.6% during the 1st quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc. now owns 7,104 shares of the company’s stock worth $415,000 after purchasing an additional 42 shares during the period. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its stake in shares of Alkermes PLC by 1.5% during the 1st quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 194,531 shares of the company’s stock worth $11,381,000 after purchasing an additional 2,891 shares during the period. Finally, Renaissance Technologies LLC acquired a new stake in Alkermes PLC in the 1st quarter valued at about $7,306,000. 98.19% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Alkermes PLC Company Profile

Alkermes plc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the researching, developing and commercializing pharmaceutical products that are designed to address medical needs of patients in therapeutic areas. The Company has a portfolio of marketed drug products and a clinical pipeline of products that address central nervous system (CNS) disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, addiction and multiple sclerosis (MS).

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