Aerie Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:AERI) hit a new 52-week low on Friday . The company traded as low as $38.16 and last traded at $38.53, with a volume of 7809 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $39.01.
A number of equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Oppenheimer assumed coverage on Aerie Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Monday, December 3rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $64.00 price objective on the stock. BidaskClub lowered Aerie Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 9th. ValuEngine lowered Aerie Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 27th. Mizuho reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $77.00 price objective on shares of Aerie Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Tuesday, November 27th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded Aerie Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $60.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, October 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $79.25.
The company has a market cap of $1.74 billion, a P/E ratio of -11.34 and a beta of 0.92.
In other news, Director Gerald D. Cagle bought 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 16th. The stock was bought at an average price of $41.75 per share, for a total transaction of $83,500.00. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Casey C. Kopczynski sold 11,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $60.56, for a total value of $666,160.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 138,187 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $8,368,604.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last 90 days, insiders sold 99,605 shares of company stock valued at $5,708,259. 10.53% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.
Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Girard Partners LTD. purchased a new position in Aerie Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter valued at $105,000. Fox Run Management L.L.C. purchased a new position in Aerie Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter valued at $201,000. First Republic Investment Management Inc. purchased a new position in Aerie Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter valued at $276,000. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado raised its stake in Aerie Pharmaceuticals by 48.6% during the third quarter. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado now owns 4,370 shares of the company’s stock valued at $269,000 after buying an additional 1,430 shares during the last quarter. Finally, GW Henssler & Associates Ltd. purchased a new position in Aerie Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter valued at $334,000.
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Aerie Pharmaceuticals Company Profile (NASDAQ:AERI)
Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc, an ophthalmic pharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of first-in-class therapies for the treatment of glaucoma and other eye diseases. Its lead product is Rhopressa, a once-daily eye drop to reduce elevated intraocular pressure (IOP) in patients with glaucoma or ocular hypertension.
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