Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report released on Friday.

According to Zacks, “Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. The Company discovers and develops oral drug candidates to treat inflammation and cancer. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. “

Several other brokerages have also weighed in on AQXP. ValuEngine lowered Aquinox Pharmaceuticals from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, September 15th. Canaccord Genuity set a $22.00 price objective on Aquinox Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, December 19th. Cantor Fitzgerald reissued a buy rating and issued a $28.00 price objective on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reissued a buy rating and issued a $25.00 price objective on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, November 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals currently has an average rating of Hold and a consensus target price of $22.00.

Shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) traded down $0.14 during trading on Friday, reaching $11.51. The company had a trading volume of 29,122 shares, compared to its average volume of 120,149. The company has a market capitalization of $273.37, a price-to-earnings ratio of -5.96 and a beta of -16.96. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals has a 1 year low of $10.02 and a 1 year high of $19.97.

Large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Investment Centers of America Inc. bought a new position in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter valued at approximately $175,000. Citadel Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter valued at approximately $194,000. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 16.5% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 23,260 shares of the company’s stock valued at $327,000 after purchasing an additional 3,299 shares during the last quarter. Sphera Funds Management LTD. grew its holdings in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 21.7% during the third quarter. Sphera Funds Management LTD. now owns 75,535 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,072,000 after purchasing an additional 13,450 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Northern Trust Corp grew its holdings in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 3.3% during the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 83,207 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,171,000 after purchasing an additional 2,691 shares during the last quarter. 96.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Aquinox Pharmaceuticals

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapeutics in disease areas of inflammation and immuno-oncology. The Company’s primary focus is anti-inflammatory product candidates targeting the Src Homology 2 (SH2)-containing inositol-5-phosphatase 1 (SHIP1) enzyme, which is a regulator of a cellular signaling pathway in immune cells, known as the phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway.

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