Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:IONS) SVP Elizabeth L. Hougen sold 7,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $54.35, for a total value of $380,450.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 17,392 shares in the company, valued at $945,255.20. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website.

Shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ IONS) traded down $0.21 on Friday, reaching $54.15. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 416,997 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,494,890. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.50, a current ratio of 6.25 and a quick ratio of 6.21. The company has a market cap of $6,760.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 356.87 and a beta of 2.89. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 1 year low of $37.26 and a 1 year high of $65.51.

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A number of research analysts recently weighed in on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised Ionis Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $68.00 price target on the stock in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $64.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Tuesday, October 17th. Stifel Nicolaus reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $50.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Friday, October 13th. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) reaffirmed a “sell” rating and set a $30.00 price target on shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Finally, Barclays PLC assumed coverage on Ionis Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. They set an “equal weight” rating and a $55.00 price target on the stock. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $50.31.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Iguana Healthcare Management LLC bought a new stake in Ionis Pharmaceuticals during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $761,000. Parallel Advisors LLC grew its holdings in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 60.3% in the third quarter. Parallel Advisors LLC now owns 3,323 shares of the company’s stock valued at $182,000 after acquiring an additional 1,250 shares in the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System grew its holdings in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals by 1.6% in the third quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 222,900 shares of the company’s stock valued at $11,301,000 after acquiring an additional 3,600 shares in the last quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. bought a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the third quarter valued at approximately $1,268,000. Finally, Crestline Management LP bought a new position in shares of Ionis Pharmaceuticals in the third quarter valued at approximately $2,584,000. 88.98% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc is engaged in discovering and developing ribonucleic acid (RNA)-targeted therapeutics. The Company, using its drug discovery platform, has developed a pipeline of drugs for patients with unmet medical needs. The Company’s segments include Ionis Core and Akcea Therapeutics. In the Ionis Core segment, the Company is engaged in exploiting a drug discovery platform to generate a pipeline of drugs for the Company and its partners.

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