News headlines about Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALXN) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Alexion Pharmaceuticals earned a media sentiment score of 0.16 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 45.7446045607945 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) traded down $0.06 during trading on Wednesday, hitting $113.54. The company had a trading volume of 1,873,365 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,298,133. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a current ratio of 2.96 and a quick ratio of 2.51. Alexion Pharmaceuticals has a 12-month low of $96.18 and a 12-month high of $149.34. The firm has a market capitalization of $25,370.00, a P/E ratio of 22.88, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.22 and a beta of 1.18.

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALXN) last released its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $1.44 EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.32 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $859.00 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $864.34 million. Alexion Pharmaceuticals had a return on equity of 12.55% and a net margin of 14.57%. The company’s revenue was up 7.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.23 earnings per share. analysts expect that Alexion Pharmaceuticals will post 4.82 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several brokerages have weighed in on ALXN. Leerink Swann reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $182.00 price target on shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a report on Monday, September 25th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Alexion Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, October 2nd. Royal Bank of Canada began coverage on Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, September 14th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $161.00 price target for the company. BMO Capital Markets reissued an “outperform” rating and issued a $173.00 price target (up previously from $168.00) on shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a report on Wednesday, September 13th. Finally, Evercore ISI began coverage on Alexion Pharmaceuticals in a report on Wednesday, August 16th. They issued an “in-line” rating and a $137.00 price target for the company. Five research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eighteen have issued a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $154.58.

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Alexion Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutic products. The Company’s products include Soliris (eculizumab), Strensiq (asfotase alfa) and Kanuma (sebelipase alfa). The Company’s clinical development programs include Soliris (eculizumab), cPMP (ALXN1101), SBC-103, ALXN1210 (IV) and ALXN1210 (Subcutaneous).

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