William J. Peters Sells 6,226 Shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AMPH) Stock

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPH) CFO William J. Peters sold 6,226 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $19.67, for a total value of $122,465.42. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AMPH) traded down $0.35 on Thursday, reaching $18.33. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 131,300 shares, compared to its average volume of 292,800. The firm has a market capitalization of $842.74, a P/E ratio of 124.53 and a beta of 1.69. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.13, a current ratio of 3.08 and a quick ratio of 1.86. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 12-month low of $12.05 and a 12-month high of $21.75.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AMPH) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported $0.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.02 by $0.05. The company had revenue of $57.90 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $57.23 million. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals had a return on equity of 2.30% and a net margin of 0.12%. The firm’s revenue was down 9.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned $0.14 earnings per share. research analysts predict that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post -0.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals declared that its board has initiated a stock buyback plan on Wednesday, August 9th that authorizes the company to repurchase $20.00 million in outstanding shares. This repurchase authorization authorizes the company to reacquire up to 2.8% of its shares through open market purchases. Shares repurchase plans are usually a sign that the company’s board believes its shares are undervalued.

A number of research firms have weighed in on AMPH. Needham & Company LLC upped their target price on Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from $20.00 to $23.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. BMO Capital Markets upped their target price on Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from $16.00 to $17.00 and gave the stock a “market perform” rating in a research report on Friday, November 10th. Raymond James Financial downgraded Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating and set a $18.00 target price for the company. in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Jefferies Group set a $19.00 target price on Amphastar Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $20.86.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. GSA Capital Partners LLP bought a new position in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals in the third quarter valued at $400,000. Argent Capital Management LLC increased its holdings in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 102.6% in the third quarter. Argent Capital Management LLC now owns 121,275 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,167,000 after buying an additional 61,425 shares in the last quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. increased its holdings in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 1.8% in the third quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 283,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $5,060,000 after buying an additional 5,000 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its holdings in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 17.0% in the third quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 1,558,113 shares of the company’s stock valued at $27,844,000 after buying an additional 226,271 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Nordea Investment Management AB increased its holdings in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 11.6% in the third quarter. Nordea Investment Management AB now owns 129,046 shares of the company’s stock valued at $2,306,000 after buying an additional 13,439 shares in the last quarter. 44.14% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company focuses primarily on developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling generic and injectable, inhalation and intranasal products. The Company has two segments: finished pharmaceutical products and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) products.

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