Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (IONS) Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Brokerages

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) has been assigned an average rating of “Hold” from the sixteen research firms that are presently covering the firm. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, six have issued a hold recommendation and six have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average twelve-month price target among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $45.85.

Several brokerages have commented on IONS. Leerink Swann reiterated a “market perform” rating and issued a $40.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Thursday, November 10th. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $64.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Sunday, January 8th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated an “outperform” rating and issued a $63.00 price target (down previously from $68.00) on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Tuesday, January 17th. Janney Montgomery Scott reiterated a “neutral” rating and issued a $54.00 price target (up previously from $50.00) on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Wednesday, December 28th. Finally, J P Morgan Chase & Co reiterated a “hold” rating and issued a $35.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Thursday, November 10th.

In other Ionis Pharmaceuticals news, Chairman Stanley T. Crooke sold 13,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $49.25, for a total value of $650,100.00. Following the transaction, the chairman now directly owns 37,029 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,823,678.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, COO B Lynne Parshall sold 12,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $42.23, for a total transaction of $527,875.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief operating officer now owns 23,693 shares in the company, valued at $1,000,555.39. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 81,953 shares of company stock worth $3,845,673 over the last 90 days. Insiders own 1.86% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Massey Quick & Co. LLC bought a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter worth approximately $143,000. First Allied Advisory Services Inc. bought a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter worth approximately $239,000. HL Financial Services LLC bought a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter worth approximately $216,000. Gideon Capital Advisors Inc. bought a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter worth approximately $287,000. Finally, Fred Alger Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter worth approximately $287,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 87.76% of the company’s stock.

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) traded up 0.07% on Tuesday, reaching $46.12. The company had a trading volume of 338,238 shares. The company’s 50 day moving average is $46.55 and its 200-day moving average is $38.87. Ionis Pharmaceuticals has a one year low of $19.59 and a one year high of $57.00. The firm’s market capitalization is $5.59 billion.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc, formerly Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc, is engaged in discovering and developing ribonucleic acid-targeted (RNA-targeted) therapeutics. The Company operates through two segments: Ionis Core and Akcea Therapeutics. The Company’s Ionis Core segment is developing a drug discovery platform.

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