Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) Stock Rating Upgraded by Bank of America

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) was upgraded by equities research analysts at Bank of America from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Friday, January 5th, Marketbeat Ratings reports. The firm currently has a $76.00 target price on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Bank of America’s price target would indicate a potential upside of 3.74% from the company’s current price.

A number of other research firms have also recently commented on ESPR. Chardan Capital upped their price target on shares of Esperion Therapeutics from $20.00 to $75.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 6th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, December 16th. Needham & Company LLC upgraded shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and increased their target price for the stock from $72.00 to $81.00 in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Stifel Nicolaus reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $70.00 target price on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Finally, Northland Securities reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $72.00 target price on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Six investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. Esperion Therapeutics has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $64.77.

Esperion Therapeutics (ESPR) traded up $3.35 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $73.26. 917,500 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 494,778. Esperion Therapeutics has a fifty-two week low of $10.71 and a fifty-two week high of $74.95. The company has a market capitalization of $1,880.00, a PE ratio of -10.68 and a beta of 2.73.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.86) EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($1.79) by ($0.07). During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($0.77) EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Esperion Therapeutics will post -7.36 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, Director Nicole Vitullo sold 9,326 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, December 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.85, for a total value of $502,205.10. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 2,472 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $133,117.20. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Company insiders own 32.50% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Meditor Group Ltd raised its position in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 1.2% in the 4th quarter. Meditor Group Ltd now owns 2,322,835 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $152,935,000 after purchasing an additional 27,900 shares during the last quarter. BB Biotech AG raised its position in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 7.5% in the 2nd quarter. BB Biotech AG now owns 1,513,542 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $70,047,000 after purchasing an additional 105,000 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its position in Esperion Therapeutics by 264.6% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,506,514 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $69,721,000 after buying an additional 1,093,292 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its position in Esperion Therapeutics by 2.3% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,338,588 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $61,950,000 after buying an additional 30,000 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Discovery Capital Management LLC CT raised its position in Esperion Therapeutics by 152.9% during the 2nd quarter. Discovery Capital Management LLC CT now owns 965,059 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $44,663,000 after buying an additional 583,529 shares during the last quarter. 92.35% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Esperion Therapeutics

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc is a lipid management company. The Company is a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing once-daily, oral therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). With a targeted mechanism of action, bempedoic acid, the Company’s lead product candidate, is an orally available, once-daily adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-citrate lyase (ACL) inhibitor that reduces cholesterol biosynthesis and lowers elevated levels of LDL-C by up-regulating the LDL receptor, but with reduced potential for muscle-related side effects.

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