Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR) Trading Down - Shorts Down -8.79%

Lloyd Doyle
October 19, 2017

Rhenman & Partners Asset Management Ab sold 180,000 shares as Esperion Therapeutics Inc (ESPR)'s stock rose 33.24%. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 104,603 shares of the biopharmaceutical company's stock worth $3,693,000 after purchasing an additional 23,740 shares during the last quarter. The stock declined 4.04% or $2.11 reaching $50.1 per share. The Q4 2017 consensus earnings estimates for the company have stabilized at US$-1.79 per share. Northland Securities reaffirmed a "buy" rating and set a $72.00 target price on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research note on Wednesday, October 4th. It has outperformed by 117.05% the S&P500. About 62,357 shares traded. Lithia Motors Inc (NYSE:LAD) has risen 16.88% since October 18, 2016 and is uptrending. Rhumbline Advisers reported 18,540 shares stake. We have $2.35 PT which if reached, will make NASDAQ:WLB worth $3.64M more. Campbell Ann Marie had sold 7,000 shares worth $1.10M on Wednesday, May 17. Its down 0.52, from 1.74 in 2017Q1. (ESPR) Holdings Trimmed by Paulson & CO. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP raised its stake in Esperion Therapeutics by 174.7% during the 1st quarter. Chardan Capital Markets maintained Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ESPR) on Friday, August 7 with "Sell" rating. Citigroup has invested 0% in Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ESPR). Vanguard Group Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Esperion Therapeutics by 20.5% in the 1st quarter. Its up 1.95% from 8.47 million shares previously. Wellington Mgmt Ltd Liability Partnership invested 0.33% of its portfolio in Home Depot Inc (NYSE:HD). Inc. owned approximately 0.93% of Esperion Therapeutics worth $9,742,000 as of its most recent SEC filing. Blackrock has 0% invested in Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ESPR) for 1.28M shares. Goldman Sachs Grp Incorporated Inc holds 472,370 shares or 0% of its portfolio. Jane Street Gru Ltd Liability Corporation invested 0% of its portfolio in Esperion Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ESPR). Aqr Cap Ltd Liability reported 29,407 shares. Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. has a 12-month low of $9.40 and a 12-month high of $57.40.

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc is a lipid management company. As of quarter end Iguana Healthcare Management, LLC had acquired 25,000 shares growing its stake by 33.3%. It also upped Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE) stake by 95,000 shares and now owns 430,422 shares. Jefferies Group LLC raised Esperion Therapeutics from a "hold" rating to a "buy" rating and dropped their price objective for the stock from $85.00 to $55.00 in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. Therefore 61% are positive.

A number of equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. The company was maintained on Wednesday, August 9 by Deutsche Bank. The company has market cap of $1.33 billion. Chardan Capital Markets maintained it with "Neutral" rating and $13 target in Friday, February 26 report. The company was maintained on Friday, November 6 by RBC Capital Markets. Citigroup upgraded the stock to "Buy" rating in Tuesday, February 28 report. On Wednesday, June 28 the stock rating was maintained by Jefferies with "Buy". The stock has "Underperform" rating by Credit Suisse on Wednesday, June 29. RBC Capital Markets has "Outperform" rating and $40 target. The value of the investment in Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. went from $19,186,000 to $16,816,000 a change of 12.4% quarter to quarter.

Shares of Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. The Pennsylvania-based Nationwide Fund Advisors has invested 0% in Westmoreland Coal Company (NASDAQ:WLB). The third largest holder is Bb Biotech Ag, which now holds $79.02 million worth of this stock and that ownership represents almost 6.22% of its market capitalization. Ameriprise Fincl Inc holds 34,281 shares. Numeric Invsts Limited has 0% invested in Westmoreland Coal Company (NASDAQ:WLB) for 81,926 shares. Regentatlantic Capital Limited Liability has 36,089 shares. Panagora Asset has 38,842 shares. The company's shares were given away at $45.8 per share worth to an income of some $16,030,000 on account of Janney Daniel. Chicago-based equity research firm Zacks Investment Research has assigned this stock ABR (Average Brokerage Recommendation) of 1.67, indicating analysts in general look favorably on the company's future prospects. Prudential Fin has 10,101 shares. Swiss Retail Bank holds 26,300 shares. Quantitative Investment Mngmt Lc stated it has 80,800 shares. First Republic Investment Management stated it has 8,086 shares.

Analysts await Westmoreland Coal Company (NASDAQ:WLB) to report earnings on November, 7. During the same quarter a year ago, the company posted ($0.62) EPS. Next quarter's EPS is forecasted at $-1.79 and the next full year EPS is anticipated to be $-5.59. (NASDAQ ESPR) traded down 1.51% during trading on Tuesday, hitting $52.18.

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