Quadrant Capital Group LLC grew its stake in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:IONS) by 2,839.1% in the first quarter, HoldingsChannel.com reports. The firm owned 676 shares of the company’s stock after buying an additional 653 shares during the quarter. Quadrant Capital Group LLC’s holdings in Ionis Pharmaceuticals were worth $53,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.
Several other large investors also recently added to or reduced their stakes in IONS. Mackay Shields LLC purchased a new stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the fourth quarter worth $1,818,000. Capital Investment Advisory Services LLC purchased a new stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the fourth quarter worth $91,000. BB Biotech AG lifted its stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 0.9% in the fourth quarter. BB Biotech AG now owns 8,741,334 shares of the company’s stock worth $472,557,000 after acquiring an additional 75,000 shares during the period. Hanseatic Management Services Inc. purchased a new stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the fourth quarter worth $440,000. Finally, Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 82.7% in the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 17,709 shares of the company’s stock worth $957,000 after acquiring an additional 8,014 shares during the period. 84.28% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
IONS opened at $69.28 on Friday. The company has a quick ratio of 7.85, a current ratio of 7.88 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.53. The firm has a market capitalization of $9.68 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 23.41 and a beta of 2.31. Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc has a 12-month low of $40.91 and a 12-month high of $86.58.
A number of analysts recently commented on the company. Cantor Fitzgerald assumed coverage on Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Tuesday, April 9th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $68.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, April 5th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price target on Ionis Pharmaceuticals from $47.00 to $55.00 and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Monday, March 18th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $75.00 price target on Ionis Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock a “neutral” rating in a research note on Friday, March 22nd. Finally, ValuEngine raised Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, March 15th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the company. Ionis Pharmaceuticals has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $66.44.
In other Ionis Pharmaceuticals news, SVP Richard S. Geary sold 999 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, February 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $60.00, for a total value of $59,940.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 21,442 shares in the company, valued at $1,286,520. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Frederick T. Muto sold 8,000 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, May 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $72.75, for a total value of $582,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 17,794 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,294,513.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 400,592 shares of company stock valued at $29,395,319. 2.44% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
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Ionis Pharmaceuticals Company Profile
Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc discovers and develops RNA-targeted therapeutics in the United States. The company offers SPINRAZA for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients; and TEGSEDI, an injection for the treatment of polyneuropathy of hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis in adults.
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