Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) Chairman Sells $619,912.80 in Stock

Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) Chairman Stanley T. Crooke sold 13,962 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, April 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $44.40, for a total transaction of $619,912.80. Following the transaction, the chairman now owns 56,714 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,518,101.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this link.

Shares of NASDAQ:IONS traded down $0.17 during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $45.86. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 1,379,128 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,038,015. The firm has a market capitalization of $5,580.91, a P/E ratio of 573.25 and a beta of 2.49. Ionis Pharmaceuticals has a twelve month low of $40.33 and a twelve month high of $65.51. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.45, a current ratio of 5.20 and a quick ratio of 5.15.

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, February 27th. The company reported $0.02 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.10. The firm had revenue of $172.00 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $126.38 million. Ionis Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 1.18% and a negative return on equity of 1.94%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned $0.33 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Ionis Pharmaceuticals will post -0.13 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on IONS. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 12th. ValuEngine lowered shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, March 28th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, March 9th. TheStreet lowered shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “c” rating to a “d+” rating in a research note on Tuesday, February 27th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets upped their price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals from $64.00 to $65.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $52.15.

Large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Steward Partners Investment Advisory LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the third quarter worth $100,000. American International Group Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the fourth quarter worth $147,000. Icon Wealth Partners LLC acquired a new stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the fourth quarter worth $182,000. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company increased its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 9.1% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 3,744 shares of the company’s stock worth $190,000 after acquiring an additional 311 shares during the period. Finally, Hanseatic Management Services Inc. increased its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 41.1% in the fourth quarter. Hanseatic Management Services Inc. now owns 4,154 shares of the company’s stock worth $209,000 after acquiring an additional 1,210 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.91% of the company’s stock.

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc discovers and develops RNA-targeted therapeutics. The company offers SPINRAZA for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients; and Kynamro an oligonucleotide inhibitor for use in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia to reduce low density lipoprotein-cholesterol, apolipoprotein B, total cholesterol, and non-high density lipoprotein.

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