AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX) insider Lawrence G. Hamel sold 6,953 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.50, for a total transaction of $31,288.50. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 24,371 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $109,669.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link.

NASDAQ:ACRX traded down $0.10 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $4.05. 1,637,800 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 603,367. The stock has a market cap of $278.76 million, a P/E ratio of -3.68 and a beta of 2.09. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc has a 12-month low of $1.55 and a 12-month high of $5.75. The company has a current ratio of 4.01, a quick ratio of 3.96 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -0.15.

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACRX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 2nd. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported ($0.20) EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.19) by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $0.82 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $0.93 million. equities analysts forecast that AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc will post -0.83 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ACRX. GSA Capital Partners LLP purchased a new position in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in the 1st quarter worth approximately $113,000. Lincoln Capital Corp purchased a new position in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $116,000. Granite Investment Partners LLC purchased a new position in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $182,000. Northern Trust Corp grew its stake in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 60.8% in the 1st quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 91,481 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $192,000 after buying an additional 34,584 shares in the last quarter. Finally, FMR LLC grew its stake in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 1,094.6% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 298,644 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,008,000 after buying an additional 273,644 shares in the last quarter. 8.59% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Several equities analysts recently commented on ACRX shares. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, July 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald started coverage on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Monday, June 11th. They set a “buy” rating and a $6.00 price objective for the company. HC Wainwright reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Tuesday, August 7th. LADENBURG THALM/SH SH started coverage on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Thursday, August 16th. They set a “buy” rating and a $7.00 price objective for the company. Finally, Oppenheimer reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Friday, August 3rd. Five equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $5.21.

About AcelRx Pharmaceuticals

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a specialty pharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of acute pain. Its lead product candidate is DSUVIA, a 30 mcg sufentanil sublingual tablet for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain. The company also develops ZALVISO, a pre-programmed and patient-controlled analgesia system that allows hospital patients with moderate-to-severe acute pain to self-dose with sufentanil sublingual tablets to manage their pain.

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