Catalyst Pharmaceuticals (CPRX) Stock Price Down 5.5%

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CPRX)’s share price traded down 5.5% during mid-day trading on Tuesday . The company traded as low as $3.24 and last traded at $3.24. 614,802 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 19% from the average session volume of 515,250 shares. The stock had previously closed at $3.43.

A number of equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. BidaskClub downgraded Catalyst Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Saturday, January 6th. Zacks Investment Research raised Catalyst Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 31st. HC Wainwright reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $6.00 price target on shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Thursday, December 21st. SunTrust Banks reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $6.00 price target on shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, November 29th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies set a $8.00 price target on Catalyst Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. Catalyst Pharmaceuticals presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $6.25.

The stock has a market capitalization of $278.79, a PE ratio of -15.43 and a beta of 1.35.

Several hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of CPRX. Two Sigma Securities LLC grew its holdings in shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals by 132.2% during the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Securities LLC now owns 26,658 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $104,000 after buying an additional 15,178 shares during the last quarter. Caxton Corp purchased a new stake in shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter valued at $129,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter valued at $144,000. Nationwide Fund Advisors purchased a new stake in shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter valued at $111,000. Finally, New York State Common Retirement Fund purchased a new stake in shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter valued at $114,000. 39.98% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Catalyst Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc, formerly Catalyst Pharmaceutical Partners, Inc, is a development-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing therapies for people with rare debilitating diseases. The Company has three drugs in development: Firdapse, CPP-109 and CPP-115.

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