La Jolla Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:LJPC) Stock Rating Upgraded by ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:LJPC) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report report published on Monday, April 9th.

A number of other research firms have also weighed in on LJPC. BidaskClub raised shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Friday, February 9th. Jefferies Group cut shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a buy rating to an underperform rating and cut their price target for the stock from $40.00 to $29.00 in a research note on Monday, February 12th. Chardan Capital boosted their price target on shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical from $90.00 to $100.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, January 25th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Thursday, February 15th. Finally, HC Wainwright boosted their price target on shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical from $62.00 to $91.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Friday, December 29th. Four investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $55.86.

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La Jolla Pharmaceutical stock traded down $0.01 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $31.01. 172,528 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 548,453. The firm has a market capitalization of $808.92, a PE ratio of -5.73 and a beta of 1.36. La Jolla Pharmaceutical has a 52 week low of $22.68 and a 52 week high of $41.36.

La Jolla Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:LJPC) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, February 22nd. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.74) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($1.25) by ($0.49). research analysts anticipate that La Jolla Pharmaceutical will post -4.94 earnings per share for the current year.

In other La Jolla Pharmaceutical news, Director Kevin C. Tang acquired 508,474 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, March 15th. The stock was bought at an average price of $29.50 per share, with a total value of $14,999,983.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, major shareholder Life Sciences Maste Perceptive acquired 175,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 14th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $32.72 per share, with a total value of $5,726,000.00. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last three months, insiders acquired 1,544,474 shares of company stock valued at $46,485,863. Corporate insiders own 25.47% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical in the 4th quarter valued at $276,000. LPL Financial LLC purchased a new stake in shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical in the 4th quarter valued at $434,000. Perceptive Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical by 57.1% in the 4th quarter. Perceptive Advisors LLC now owns 3,388,611 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $109,046,000 after purchasing an additional 1,231,600 shares in the last quarter. Jafra Capital Management LP boosted its stake in shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical by 238.5% in the 4th quarter. Jafra Capital Management LP now owns 30,000 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $965,000 after purchasing an additional 21,137 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Consonance Capital Management LP boosted its stake in shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical by 3.8% in the 4th quarter. Consonance Capital Management LP now owns 2,079,311 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $66,912,000 after purchasing an additional 76,792 shares in the last quarter. 96.29% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About La Jolla Pharmaceutical

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics for life-threatening diseases. It offers GIAPREZA, an injection for intravenous infusion indicated to increase blood pressure in adults with septic or other distributive shock.

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