Views of Wall Street’s Leading Experts on Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: IONS) stock jumped 5.53% on Friday to $43.29 against a previous-day closing price of $41.02. With 1.47 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained heavier than its average volume of 0.99 million shares. During the session, the Biotechnology company that operates in wider Healthcare sector, reached to the highest price of $43.83 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $41.00. The 52-week range on IONS shows that it touched its highest point at $44.42 and its lowest point at $25.04 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $47.44. Beta for the stock currently stands at 0.72.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of IONS was up-trending over the past week, with a rise of 11.03%, but this was up by 17.60% over a month. Three-month performance surged to 9.37% while six-month performance rose 37.43%. The stock gained 14.49% in the past year, while it has gained 42.26% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for IONS yields -0.03 with Next year EPS estimates of -2.62. For the next quarter, that number is -0.62. This implies an EPS growth rate of 93.60% for this year and -13.20% for next year.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 141.60 million IONS shares are outstanding with a float of 140.86 million shares on hand for trading. On Jul 14, 2022, short shares totaled 6.07 million, which was 4.28% higher than short shares on Jun 14, 2022. In addition to Dr. Brett P. Monia Ph.D. as the firm’s Founder, CEO & Director, Ms. Elizabeth L. Hougen serves as its Exec. VP of Fin. & CFO.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 94.58% of IONS’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have majority control over the company. Other institutions hold 57.57% of IONS, in contrast to 31.00% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 0.98%. As the largest shareholder in IONS with 15.04% of the stake, Fidelity Management & Research Co holds 21,320,886 shares worth 21,320,886. A second-largest stockholder of IONS, T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc., holds 14,350,460 shares, controlling over 10.12% of the firm’s shares. The Vanguard Group, Inc. is the third largest shareholder in IONS, holding 11,916,741 shares or 8.40% stake. With a 7.22% stake in IONS, the BB Biotech AG is the largest stakeholder. A total of 10,232,973 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The Fidelity Growth Company Fund, which owns about 5.19% of IONS stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 7,353,165 shares valued at 272.21 million. T Rowe Price Mid Cap Growth Fund holds 2.99% of the stake in IONS, owning 4,242,300 shares worth 157.05 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for IONS since 23 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 11 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 4 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 6 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 1 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 1 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With IONS analysts setting a high price target of $92.00 and a low target of $22.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $47.54. Based on these targets, IONS could surge 112.52% to reach the target high and fall by -49.18% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 9.82% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. IONS will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/23/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of -$1.51 being high and -$3.25 being low. For IONS, this leads to a yearly average estimate of -$2.47. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. surprised analysts by $0.23 when it reported -$0.46 EPS against a consensus estimate of -$0.69. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $1.45. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is -$0.29 and the low estimate is -$0.85. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus -$0.61.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded IONS stock several times over the past three months with 20 Buys and 2 Sells. In these transactions, 96,263 shares were bought while 1,333 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 48 while that of sell transactions has risen to 18 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 301,749 while 87,135 shares were sold.

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