Insider Selling: Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IONS) Chairman Sells 11,000 Shares of Stock

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) Chairman Stanley T. Crooke sold 11,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $55.35, for a total value of $608,850.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chairman now owns 48,014 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,657,574.90. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) opened at 46.76 on Friday. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $52.52 and a 200 day moving average of $46.92. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 12-month low of $24.58 and a 12-month high of $60.01. The company has a market cap of $5.80 billion, a PE ratio of 224.81 and a beta of 3.14.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) last released its earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The company reported ($0.09) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.06) by $0.03. The firm had revenue of $104.15 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $93.29 million. Ionis Pharmaceuticals had a net margin of 5.25% and a return on equity of 15.52%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 170.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted ($0.47) EPS. Equities analysts expect that Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post ($0.02) earnings per share for the current year.

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Several equities research analysts have issued reports on the company. BMO Capital Markets restated an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 target price on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their target price on Ionis Pharmaceuticals from $42.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday. TheStreet upgraded Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Leerink Swann restated an “outperform” rating and set a $45.00 target price (down previously from $47.00) on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, May 17th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 target price on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, July 26th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $47.13.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in IONS. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 15.6% in the second quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 196,812 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,014,000 after buying an additional 26,496 shares in the last quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC bought a new stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter worth about $1,342,000. Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky increased its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 6.3% in the second quarter. Teachers Retirement System of The State of Kentucky now owns 111,862 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,690,000 after buying an additional 6,658 shares in the last quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 0.4% in the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 100,250 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,100,000 after buying an additional 387 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Advisor Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 7.8% in the second quarter. Advisor Group Inc. now owns 9,733 shares of the company’s stock worth $475,000 after buying an additional 708 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors own 88.77% of the company’s stock.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc is engaged in discovering and developing ribonucleic acid (RNA)-targeted therapeutics. The Company, using its drug discovery platform, has developed a pipeline of drugs for patients with unmet medical needs. The Company’s segments include Ionis Core and Akcea Therapeutics. In the Ionis Core segment, the Company is engaged in exploiting a drug discovery platform to generate a pipeline of drugs for the Company and its partners.

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