Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICPT) has earned a consensus recommendation of “Buy” from the twenty-one brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have issued a hold recommendation, thirteen have assigned a buy recommendation and one has assigned a strong buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month target price among brokerages that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $183.51.

ICPT has been the topic of several research reports. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reissued an “outperform” rating on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, April 12th. Cowen and Company restated a “buy” rating and issued a $225.00 target price on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Monday, April 24th. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, May 1st. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $60.00 target price on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, May 4th. Finally, Laidlaw upgraded shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating and set a $115.00 target price for the company in a research note on Friday, May 5th.

In other Intercept Pharmaceuticals news, CMO David Shapiro sold 1,117 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $112.18, for a total transaction of $125,305.06. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 46,582 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,225,568.76. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Director Daniel G. Welch sold 217 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, July 20th. The shares were sold at an average price of $126.76, for a total transaction of $27,506.92. Following the transaction, the director now owns 3,710 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $470,279.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 47,240 shares of company stock valued at $6,091,919 in the last quarter. Company insiders own 4.50% of the company’s stock.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank increased its position in Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 14.4% in the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 1,047 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $118,000 after buying an additional 132 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE acquired a new position in Intercept Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter valued at $130,000. Quantbot Technologies LP acquired a new position in Intercept Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter valued at $170,000. Pacer Advisors Inc. increased its position in Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 21.6% in the first quarter. Pacer Advisors Inc. now owns 1,861 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $210,000 after buying an additional 330 shares during the period. Finally, Aperio Group LLC acquired a new position in Intercept Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter valued at $212,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 84.24% of the company’s stock.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) opened at 127.40 on Monday. The company’s 50-day moving average is $123.24 and its 200-day moving average is $117.13. Intercept Pharmaceuticals has a 52-week low of $96.63 and a 52-week high of $177.93. The firm’s market capitalization is $3.19 billion.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, May 4th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($3.61) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($4.27) by $0.66. Intercept Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 825.58% and a negative return on equity of 116.30%. The company had revenue of $21 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $15.88 million. During the same period last year, the firm posted ($5.17) EPS. Intercept Pharmaceuticals’s revenue for the quarter was up 4566.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts predict that Intercept Pharmaceuticals will post ($14.40) EPS for the current year.

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Intercept Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics to treat non-viral, progressive liver diseases. The Company’s product candidates have the potential to treat orphan and more prevalent diseases for which there are limited therapeutic solutions.

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