Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued to investors on Friday.

According to Zacks, “Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. The Company discovers and develops oral drug candidates to treat inflammation and cancer. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. “

AQXP has been the subject of a number of other reports. Canaccord Genuity restated a “buy” rating and set a $22.00 price objective on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Tuesday, November 21st. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $25.00 target price on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, ValuEngine lowered shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, September 15th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $22.00.

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ AQXP) traded up $0.11 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $11.65. 66,400 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 73,425. The firm has a market capitalization of $271.02, a PE ratio of -6.04 and a beta of -16.96. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals has a 52 week low of $10.02 and a 52 week high of $19.97.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AQXP. Nexthera Capital LP purchased a new stake in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter worth $1,276,000. University of Notre Dame DU Lac grew its holdings in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 11.1% during the third quarter. University of Notre Dame DU Lac now owns 190,283 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,700,000 after buying an additional 19,066 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 6.6% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 282,483 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,974,000 after buying an additional 17,455 shares in the last quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter worth $194,000. Finally, Sphera Funds Management LTD. grew its holdings in shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 21.7% during the third quarter. Sphera Funds Management LTD. now owns 75,535 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,072,000 after buying an additional 13,450 shares in the last quarter. 96.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About Aquinox Pharmaceuticals

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapeutics in disease areas of inflammation and immuno-oncology. The Company’s primary focus is anti-inflammatory product candidates targeting the Src Homology 2 (SH2)-containing inositol-5-phosphatase 1 (SHIP1) enzyme, which is a regulator of a cellular signaling pathway in immune cells, known as the phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway.

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