Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by analysts at Jefferies Group LLC in a report issued on Monday. They presently have a $85.00 price target on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Jefferies Group LLC’s target price suggests a potential upside of 89.99% from the company’s previous close.

Several other equities research analysts have also recently weighed in on ESPR. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, May 1st. ValuEngine raised shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 2nd. Citigroup Inc. reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. Deutsche Bank AG initiated coverage on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $48.00 price target for the company. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Esperion Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, June 25th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have assigned a hold rating and nine have issued a buy rating to the stock. Esperion Therapeutics presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $44.65.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) traded down 1.375% during trading on Monday, hitting $44.125. 149,629 shares of the stock traded hands. The firm’s market cap is $996.92 million. Esperion Therapeutics has a 12 month low of $9.40 and a 12 month high of $57.38. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $47.33 and a 200 day moving average price of $36.54.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.92) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($1.67) by $0.25. During the same period in the previous year, the firm earned ($0.62) EPS. On average, equities analysts forecast that Esperion Therapeutics will post ($7.39) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. BB Biotech AG boosted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 7.5% in the second quarter. BB Biotech AG now owns 1,513,542 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $70,047,000 after buying an additional 105,000 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its position in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 264.6% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,506,514 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $69,721,000 after buying an additional 1,093,292 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC raised its position in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 2.3% in the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 1,338,588 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $61,950,000 after buying an additional 30,000 shares during the last quarter. Boxer Capital LLC bought a new position in shares of Esperion Therapeutics during the first quarter worth about $45,020,000. Finally, Discovery Capital Management LLC CT raised its position in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 152.9% in the second quarter. Discovery Capital Management LLC CT now owns 965,059 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $44,663,000 after buying an additional 583,529 shares during the last quarter. 85.39% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

About Esperion Therapeutics

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc is a lipid management company. The Company is a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing once-daily, oral therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). With a targeted mechanism of action, bempedoic acid, the Company’s lead product candidate, is an orally available, once-daily adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-citrate lyase (ACL) inhibitor that reduces cholesterol biosynthesis and lowers elevated levels of LDL-C by up-regulating the LDL receptor, but with reduced potential for muscle-related side effects.

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