Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the thirteen research firms that are presently covering the firm. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, seven have given a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $19.91.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on ESPR. JMP Securities reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a report on Sunday, November 6th. Vetr raised Esperion Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $12.60 target price for the company in a research note on Monday, August 8th. Chardan Capital reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $12.50 target price on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research note on Saturday, October 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut Esperion Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 30th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $30.00 target price (down from $64.00) on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research note on Saturday, October 15th.

In related news, COO Narendra D. Lalwani acquired 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, November 1st. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $9.93 per share, with a total value of $49,650.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief operating officer now directly owns 5,000 shares in the company, valued at $49,650. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Corporate insiders own 35.40% of the company’s stock.

Large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 14.7% in the third quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 7,419 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $103,000 after buying an additional 951 shares during the period. Quantitative Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter worth approximately $111,000. Advisor Group Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter worth approximately $140,000. Stifel Financial Corp boosted its stake in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 10.6% in the second quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 15,017 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $148,000 after buying an additional 1,438 shares during the period. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company bought a new stake in shares of Esperion Therapeutics during the third quarter worth approximately $157,000. 65.29% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Shares of Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) opened at 11.76 on Wednesday. Esperion Therapeutics has a 52 week low of $9.40 and a 52 week high of $30.41. The stock’s market capitalization is $265.22 million. The company has a 50-day moving average price of $11.53 and a 200 day moving average price of $12.65.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 3rd. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.77) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.82) by $0.05. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.57) EPS. Analysts forecast that Esperion Therapeutics will post ($3.42) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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About Esperion Therapeutics

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing oral, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated LDL-C. The Company’s segment is the business of researching, developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated LDL-C.

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