Kinneret Advisory LLC bought a new position in shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALXN) in the fourth quarter, Holdings Channel reports. The fund bought 2,193 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock, valued at approximately $214,000.

Several other hedge funds have also recently modified their holdings of the stock. Wedbush Securities Inc. boosted its stake in Alexion Pharmaceuticals by 1.5% in the fourth quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc. now owns 5,467 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $532,000 after acquiring an additional 83 shares in the last quarter. Utah Retirement Systems boosted its stake in Alexion Pharmaceuticals by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Utah Retirement Systems now owns 39,903 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $3,885,000 after acquiring an additional 100 shares in the last quarter. Verity Asset Management Inc. boosted its stake in Alexion Pharmaceuticals by 4.4% in the fourth quarter. Verity Asset Management Inc. now owns 3,086 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $300,000 after acquiring an additional 131 shares in the last quarter. Moody National Bank Trust Division boosted its stake in Alexion Pharmaceuticals by 0.6% in the fourth quarter. Moody National Bank Trust Division now owns 30,794 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $2,998,000 after acquiring an additional 169 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Rafferty Asset Management LLC boosted its stake in Alexion Pharmaceuticals by 1.1% in the fourth quarter. Rafferty Asset Management LLC now owns 16,470 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $1,604,000 after acquiring an additional 173 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 93.24% of the company’s stock.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday. Oppenheimer set a $165.00 target price on shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals from a “strong-buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, December 31st. Morgan Stanley upped their target price on shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals from $165.00 to $175.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 12th. Finally, Guggenheim started coverage on shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a report on Friday, February 22nd. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $135.00 target price for the company. Five analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $160.75.

In related news, CAO Daniel Bazarko sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, February 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.00, for a total transaction of $252,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief accounting officer now directly owns 5,020 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $632,520. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. Also, CEO Ludwig Hantson sold 3,244 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $95.85, for a total transaction of $310,937.40. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 150,696 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $14,444,211.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 8,488 shares of company stock valued at $873,875 over the last three months. 4.35% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Shares of NASDAQ:ALXN opened at $134.88 on Friday. Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a one year low of $92.56 and a one year high of $140.77. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, a current ratio of 2.88 and a quick ratio of 2.48. The stock has a market capitalization of $30.14 billion, a PE ratio of 19.02, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.00 and a beta of 1.55.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALXN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, February 4th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $2.14 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.60 by $0.54. The firm had revenue of $1.13 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.06 billion. Alexion Pharmaceuticals had a net margin of 1.88% and a return on equity of 18.15%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 24.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $1.48 earnings per share. As a group, sell-side analysts predict that Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post 8.51 EPS for the current year.

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes various therapeutic products. The company offers ULTOMIRIS (ALXN1210/ravulizumab-cwvz), a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a genetic blood disorder; and Soliris (eculizumab), a monoclonal antibody for the treatment of PNH, atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), and generalized myasthenia gravis.

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