DURECT Co. (DRRX) Expected to Announce Quarterly Sales of $4.60 Million

Equities analysts expect that DURECT Co. (NASDAQ:DRRX) will report sales of $4.60 million for the current fiscal quarter, according to Zacks. Three analysts have made estimates for DURECT’s earnings. The lowest sales estimate is $3.00 million and the highest is $7.40 million. DURECT posted sales of $3.52 million during the same quarter last year, which suggests a positive year over year growth rate of 30.7%. The company is scheduled to report its next earnings report on Tuesday, March 13th.

On average, analysts expect that DURECT will report full-year sales of $4.60 million for the current year, with estimates ranging from $32.63 million to $37.03 million. For the next year, analysts anticipate that the business will report sales of $22.67 million per share, with estimates ranging from $14.00 million to $37.00 million. Zacks’ sales averages are a mean average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover DURECT.

Several equities research analysts have recently weighed in on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of DURECT from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 10th. HC Wainwright reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of DURECT in a research note on Thursday, November 2nd.

Shares of DURECT (NASDAQ:DRRX) traded down $0.03 on Friday, hitting $1.09. 322,141 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 608,431. DURECT has a twelve month low of $0.74 and a twelve month high of $2.17. The firm has a market capitalization of $166.37, a P/E ratio of -7.27 and a beta of 1.79. The company has a quick ratio of 1.57, a current ratio of 1.67 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.46.

A number of large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Renaissance Technologies LLC lifted its position in DURECT by 590.4% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 681,400 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $628,000 after purchasing an additional 582,699 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. lifted its position in DURECT by 5.8% in the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 9,747,128 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $8,984,000 after purchasing an additional 532,100 shares during the period. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its position in DURECT by 12.7% in the fourth quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 472,248 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $435,000 after purchasing an additional 53,236 shares during the period. Algert Global LLC acquired a new stake in DURECT in the fourth quarter valued at about $105,000. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its position in DURECT by 1,095.1% in the fourth quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 188,328 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $174,000 after purchasing an additional 172,570 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 46.84% of the company’s stock.

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About DURECT

Durect Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company with research and development programs. The Company’s products candidates include DUR-928, oral for metabolic/lipid disorders, and DUR-928, injectable for acute organ injuries. Its other product candidates include POSIMIR (controlled release injection of bupivacaine), REMOXY (oral controlled release oxycodone), ORADUR-ADHD, ELADUR (controlled release injection of bupivicane), Relday (risperidone), ORADUR-based opioid (hydromorphone) and SABER-based ophthalmic.

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