Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ACHN) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ACHN) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the ten brokerages that are presently covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average twelve-month target price among analysts that have covered the stock in the last year is $5.35.

ACHN has been the subject of several recent research reports. BidaskClub raised Achillion Pharmaceuticals from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. ValuEngine cut Achillion Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Monday, September 11th. Robert W. Baird reissued a “neutral” rating and issued a $4.00 price target (down previously from $5.00) on shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services lowered their price target on Achillion Pharmaceuticals from $9.00 to $6.50 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, September 12th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised Achillion Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, September 14th.

In related news, major shareholder & Johnson Johnson sold 18,367,346 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.75, for a total value of $50,510,201.50. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 7.24% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals by 3.6% during the second quarter. Cambridge Investment Research Advisors Inc. now owns 23,130 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $106,000 after purchasing an additional 800 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC boosted its holdings in Achillion Pharmaceuticals by 18.6% in the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 26,429 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $121,000 after acquiring an additional 4,144 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc boosted its holdings in Achillion Pharmaceuticals by 53.8% in the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 42,900 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $196,000 after acquiring an additional 15,000 shares during the last quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its holdings in Achillion Pharmaceuticals by 13.7% in the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 55,819 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $256,000 after acquiring an additional 6,730 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of Montreal Can lifted its stake in Achillion Pharmaceuticals by 6.4% in the second quarter. Bank of Montreal Can now owns 56,715 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $260,000 after buying an additional 3,410 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 76.93% of the company’s stock.

Shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACHN) opened at $2.89 on Thursday. Achillion Pharmaceuticals has a 12 month low of $2.80 and a 12 month high of $5.66.

Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACHN) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.14) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.18) by $0.04. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.15) earnings per share. analysts forecast that Achillion Pharmaceuticals will post -0.63 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Achillion Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery and development of small molecule drug therapies for infectious diseases and immune system disorders. The Company is focused on its complement inhibitor platform, directed at advancing small molecule compounds that have the potential to be used in the treatment of immune-related diseases associated with the alternative pathway of the complement system.

Analyst Recommendations for Achillion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACHN)

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