Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:XENE) SVP James R. Empfield acquired 10,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 15th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $2.48 per share, with a total value of $24,800.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the senior vice president now directly owns 10,000 shares in the company, valued at $24,800. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. (XENE) traded up 5.66% during midday trading on Thursday, reaching $2.80. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 56,147 shares. The stock’s market capitalization is $50.39 million. Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. has a 52-week low of $2.25 and a 52-week high of $9.95. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $3.13 and a 200 day moving average price of $4.94.

Xenon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:XENE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.41) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.38) by $0.03. Xenon Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 3,489.63% and a negative return on equity of 47.53%. The company had revenue of $0.02 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $0.38 million. Equities research analysts predict that Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc. will post ($0.96) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in XENE. DAFNA Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Xenon Pharmaceuticals by 11.2% in the second quarter. DAFNA Capital Management LLC now owns 377,695 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,190,000 after buying an additional 38,081 shares in the last quarter. Endurant Capital Management LP acquired a new stake in Xenon Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth approximately $1,363,000. Sabby Management LLC acquired a new stake in Xenon Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth approximately $1,186,000. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its stake in Xenon Pharmaceuticals by 90.1% in the first quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 217,090 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $868,000 after buying an additional 102,890 shares in the last quarter. Finally, K2 Principal Fund L.P. raised its stake in Xenon Pharmaceuticals by 40.6% in the second quarter. K2 Principal Fund L.P. now owns 164,510 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $518,000 after buying an additional 47,535 shares in the last quarter. 56.01% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

XENE has been the subject of a number of recent analyst reports. Zacks Investment Research lowered Xenon Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 16th. Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $8.00 target price on shares of Xenon Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Monday, June 12th. Finally, Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and issued a $5.00 target price on shares of Xenon Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Tuesday, June 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $11.88.

About Xenon Pharmaceuticals

Xenon Pharmaceuticals Inc is a Canada-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. It is engaged in discovering and developing a pipeline of differentiated therapeutics for orphan indications. Its product pipeline includes: Glybera, TV-45070, GDC-0310, XEN901 (Nav1.6 inhibitor) and XEN1101. Glybera is used for the treatment of lipoprotein lipase deficiency (LPLD).

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