Shares of Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR) have earned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the fifteen analysts that are currently covering the company, MarketBeat Ratings reports. Six analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and nine have assigned a 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 $60.73.

A number of research analysts have weighed in on the company. Northland Securities restated a “buy” rating and issued a $72.00 price objective on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a report on Friday. Stifel Nicolaus restated a “buy” rating and issued a $70.00 price objective on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a report on Wednesday, October 4th. Cowen and Company assumed coverage on Esperion Therapeutics in a report on Thursday, September 7th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $64.00 price objective on the stock. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Esperion Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Finally, Jefferies Group LLC restated a “buy” rating and issued a $85.00 price objective on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a report on Monday, August 21st.

Hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Emory University purchased a new stake in Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter worth approximately $2,164,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP lifted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 174.7% during the first quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 110,475 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $3,901,000 after purchasing an additional 70,255 shares during the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. purchased a new stake in Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter worth approximately $1,182,000. Meditor Group Ltd lifted its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 305.5% in the third quarter. Meditor Group Ltd now owns 2,294,935 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $115,022,000 after buying an additional 1,728,935 shares during the last quarter. Finally, BB Biotech AG lifted 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 valued at $70,047,000 after buying an additional 105,000 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 89.12% of the company’s stock.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ ESPR) traded down $1.13 during trading on Monday, reaching $47.40. 215,019 shares of the company were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 1,060,332. Esperion Therapeutics has a 1 year low of $10.30 and a 1 year high of $57.40.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.86) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.79) by ($0.07). During the same quarter in the previous year, the business earned ($0.77) EPS. equities analysts expect that Esperion Therapeutics will post -7.21 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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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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