Esperion Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR) shares fell 4.4% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $12.67 and last traded at $12.92, with a volume of 375,347 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $13.51.

A number of brokerages have commented on ESPR. JMP Securities restated a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price objective on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research note on Thursday, June 16th. Royal Bank Of Canada cut Esperion Therapeutics from an “outperform” rating to a “sector perform” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $30.00 to $15.00 in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut Esperion Therapeutics from an “overweight” rating to a “neutral” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $50.00 to $15.00 in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Barclays PLC cut Esperion Therapeutics from an “overweight” rating to an “equal weight” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $28.00 to $13.00 in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. restated a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective (down previously from $36.00) on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research note on Wednesday, June 29th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, six have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Esperion Therapeutics has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $24.40.

The company’s market capitalization is $297.89 million. The company’s 50-day moving average is $11.06 and its 200-day moving average is $14.22.

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Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 4th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.62) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.78) by $0.16. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.55) earnings per share. On average, equities research analysts predict that Esperion Therapeutics Inc. will post ($3.37) EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Esperion Therapeutics news, Director Mark E. Mcgovern acquired 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, July 6th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $10.00 per share, for a total transaction of $50,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 600 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $6,000. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at the SEC website. 35.40% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Quantitative Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter worth about $111,000. Advisor Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter worth about $140,000. Stifel Financial Corp boosted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 10.6% in the second quarter. Stifel Financial Corp now owns 15,017 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $148,000 after buying an additional 1,438 shares during the period. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 27.0% in the second quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 17,186 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $170,000 after buying an additional 3,657 shares during the period. Finally, ProShare Advisors LLC boosted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 1.3% in the second quarter. ProShare Advisors LLC now owns 18,533 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $183,000 after buying an additional 238 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 65.22% of the company’s stock.

Esperion Therapeutics Company Profile

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc is a pharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing oral, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) lowering therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated LDL-C. The Company’s segment is the business of researching, developing and commercializing therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated LDL-C.

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