Stanley T. Crooke Sells 11,000 Shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IONS) Stock

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) Chairman Stanley T. Crooke sold 11,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, July 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $55.35, for a total value of $608,850.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now owns 48,014 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,657,574.90. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) traded down 0.36% during midday trading on Friday, hitting $46.98. The company had a trading volume of 673,205 shares. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $51.56 and its 200-day moving average price is $47.09. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 52-week low of $24.58 and a 52-week high of $60.01. The stock has a market cap of $5.84 billion, a PE ratio of 225.87 and a beta of 3.14.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) last issued its quarterly 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. Ionis Pharmaceuticals had a return on equity of 15.52% and a net margin of 5.25%. The business had revenue of $104.15 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $93.29 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned ($0.47) EPS. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 170.7% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts expect that Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post ($0.20) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of brokerages have issued reports on IONS. BMO Capital Markets reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $59.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, April 26th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price target on Ionis Pharmaceuticals from $42.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, August 9th. 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 issued 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 issued 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 assigned a hold rating and seven have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Ionis Pharmaceuticals has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $48.91.

Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Russell Investments Group Ltd. acquired a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter worth $976,000. Comerica Bank increased its stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 33.3% in the fourth quarter. Comerica Bank now owns 16,505 shares of the company’s stock worth $794,000 after buying an additional 4,122 shares during the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 361.7% in the fourth quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 97,341 shares of the company’s stock worth $4,656,000 after buying an additional 76,259 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 14.7% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 123,810 shares of the company’s stock worth $5,922,000 after buying an additional 15,904 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Opus Point Partners Management LLC increased its stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Opus Point Partners Management LLC now owns 77,550 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,709,000 after buying an additional 1,111 shares during the last quarter. 89.08% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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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