Shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:AMPH) reached a new 52-week high on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $21.45 and last traded at $21.31, with a volume of 1,849,326 shares. The stock had previously closed at $19.00.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 28th. Needham & Company LLC boosted their target price on shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from $20.00 to $22.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 9th. Jefferies Group boosted their target price on shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals from $16.00 to $19.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, August 9th. Piper Jaffray Cos. reiterated an “overweight” rating and issued a $23.00 target price (up from $22.00) on shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals in a report on Wednesday, September 7th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets began coverage on shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals in a report on Tuesday, June 28th. They issued a “market perform” rating and a $17.00 target price for the company. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $20.00.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $18.42 and its 200-day moving average is $15.28. The company has a market cap of $957.92 million, a PE ratio of 68.93 and a beta of 1.83.

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Amphastar Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AMPH) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Monday, August 8th. The company reported $0.23 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.01 by $0.22. The firm earned $68 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $62.10 million. Amphastar Pharmaceuticals had a return on equity of 4.71% and a net margin of 5.19%. The company’s quarterly revenue was up 26.4% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.09) EPS. Analysts forecast that Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc. will post $0.37 EPS for the current year.

In related news, Director Stephen B. Shohet sold 48,375 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, August 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.24, for a total transaction of $882,360.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now directly owns 28,653 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $522,630.72. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, CFO William J. Peters sold 2,297 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, July 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.76, for a total value of $40,794.72. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 64,652 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $1,148,219.52. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 29.30% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Acrospire Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 57.5% in the second quarter. Acrospire Investment Management LLC now owns 6,791 shares of the company’s stock worth $109,000 after buying an additional 2,479 shares during the period. Envestnet Asset Management Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth approximately $115,000. BlackRock Group LTD boosted its position in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals by 61.7% in the first quarter. BlackRock Group LTD now owns 11,629 shares of the company’s stock worth $140,000 after buying an additional 4,439 shares during the period. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. purchased a new position in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth approximately $180,000. Finally, C M Bidwell & Associates Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter worth approximately $207,000. Institutional investors own 35.87% of the company’s stock.

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a specialty pharmaceutical company. The Company focuses primarily on developing, manufacturing, marketing and selling generic and injectable and inhalation products. The Company has two segments: finished pharmaceutical products and active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) products.

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