Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IONS) Chairman Stanley T. Crooke Sells 16,500 Shares

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) Chairman Stanley T. Crooke sold 16,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, July 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.10, for a total transaction of $859,650.00. Following the sale, the chairman now owns 51,476 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,681,899.60. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IONS) traded up 1.32% during trading on Friday, hitting $52.77. 1,061,511 shares of the stock traded hands. The stock’s market cap is $6.54 billion. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $52.96 and its 200-day moving average price is $46.75. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 52-week low of $24.58 and a 52-week high of $60.01.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 9th. The company reported $0.03 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.10) by $0.13. The firm had revenue of $110.30 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $86.03 million. Ionis Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 4.80% and a negative return on equity of 14.61%. The firm’s revenue was up 199.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned ($0.52) EPS. Equities research analysts forecast that Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post ($0.15) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Several analysts recently commented on IONS shares. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $51.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 10th. Needham & Company LLC restated a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, May 17th. BMO Capital Markets restated a “buy” rating and set a $59.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $58.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. Finally, TheStreet upgraded shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “d+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $45.38.

Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Hanseatic Management Services Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth approximately $138,000. Westpac Banking Corp acquired a new stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth approximately $171,000. Capstone Asset Management Co. boosted its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 10.3% in the first quarter. Capstone Asset Management Co. now owns 5,148 shares of the company’s stock worth $207,000 after buying an additional 480 shares during the last quarter. World Asset Management Inc boosted its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 27.3% in the first quarter. World Asset Management Inc now owns 5,427 shares of the company’s stock worth $218,000 after buying an additional 1,163 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Raymond James Trust N.A. boosted its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 2.9% in the first quarter. Raymond James Trust N.A. now owns 5,705 shares of the company’s stock worth $229,000 after buying an additional 159 shares during the last quarter. 88.75% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Ionis Pharmaceuticals

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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