ValuEngine upgraded shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACRX) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report published on Monday, July 24th.

Several other brokerages also recently commented on ACRX. Zacks Investment Research downgraded shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research note on Tuesday, July 11th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a buy rating and issued a $7.00 price target on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Friday, July 14th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the stock. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals has an average rating of Hold and an average target price of $7.50.

Shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ ACRX) traded down 1.67% on Monday, hitting $2.95. The stock had a trading volume of 468,777 shares. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals has a 1-year low of $1.95 and a 1-year high of $4.08. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $2.89 and a 200 day moving average of $2.79. The company’s market capitalization is $133.87 million.

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACRX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported ($0.29) EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.28) by $0.01. The firm had revenue of $2.66 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.63 million. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 319.19% and a negative return on equity of 478.66%. On average, equities analysts anticipate that AcelRx Pharmaceuticals will post ($1.13) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, major shareholder Life Sciences Maste Perceptive sold 875,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, June 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $2.40, for a total transaction of $2,100,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 28.10% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its stake in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 14.6% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 66,715 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $173,000 after buying an additional 8,475 shares during the last quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 326.1% in the first quarter. Acadian Asset Management LLC now owns 41,927 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $132,000 after buying an additional 32,087 shares during the last quarter. ING Groep NV boosted its stake in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 200.0% in the first quarter. ING Groep NV now owns 39,000 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $123,000 after buying an additional 26,000 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its stake in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 6.6% in the first quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 112,682 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $355,000 after buying an additional 6,942 shares during the last quarter. Finally, WealthTrust Axiom LLC boosted its stake in shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 50.0% in the second quarter. WealthTrust Axiom LLC now owns 210,000 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $451,000 after buying an additional 70,000 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 30.37% of the company’s stock.

About AcelRx Pharmaceuticals

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain. The Company operates through the segment, which includes development and commercialization of product candidates for the treatment of pain.

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