DURECT Co. (NASDAQ:DRRX) Director Buys $13,750.00 in Stock

DURECT Co. (NASDAQ:DRRX) Director Jon S. Saxe acquired 25,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, June 10th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $0.55 per share, for a total transaction of $13,750.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 27,810 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $15,295.50. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of DRRX traded down $0.02 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $0.50. 8,225 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 479,607. The firm has a market capitalization of $82.82 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -3.13 and a beta of 1.88. The company has a current ratio of 3.74, a quick ratio of 3.39 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.82. DURECT Co. has a 12 month low of $0.46 and a 12 month high of $2.24.

DURECT (NASDAQ:DRRX) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, May 7th. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported ($0.04) earnings per share for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.05) by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $4.13 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.50 million. DURECT had a negative net margin of 125.76% and a negative return on equity of 108.92%. On average, research analysts forecast that DURECT Co. will post -0.19 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA boosted its stake in shares of DURECT by 1,420.0% during the 1st quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 42,545 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $27,000 after purchasing an additional 39,746 shares in the last quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. boosted its stake in shares of DURECT by 1,208.0% during the 1st quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. now owns 65,400 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $41,000 after purchasing an additional 60,400 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. boosted its stake in shares of DURECT by 541.8% during the 4th quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. now owns 89,460 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $43,000 after purchasing an additional 75,520 shares in the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its stake in shares of DURECT by 22.6% during the 1st quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 100,123 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $62,000 after purchasing an additional 18,478 shares in the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC boosted its stake in DURECT by 787.0% during the fourth quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 140,745 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $68,000 after acquiring an additional 124,878 shares in the last quarter. 44.40% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Separately, HC Wainwright restated a “buy” rating on shares of DURECT in a research report on Thursday, April 18th.

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About DURECT

DURECT Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, researches and develops medicines based on its epigenetic regulator and pharmaceutical programs. The company offers ALZET product line that consists of osmotic pumps and accessories used for experimental research in mice, rats, and other laboratory animals; and a range of biodegradable polymers for pharmaceutical and medical device clients for use as raw materials in their products under the LACTEL brand.

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