Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (ICPT) Earns Outperform Rating from Wedbush

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICPT)‘s stock had its “outperform” rating reaffirmed by equities research analysts at Wedbush in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday, May 26th. They presently have a $231.00 price target on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Wedbush’s target price indicates a potential upside of 95.10% from the company’s previous close.

A number of other analysts also recently weighed in on ICPT. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. set a $200.00 price target on Intercept Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 11th. FBR & Co reissued a “market perform” rating and issued a $200.00 price target on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, February 16th. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Thursday, February 23rd. Robert W. Baird reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $332.00 price target on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Thursday, February 16th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $198.00 price target on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Thursday, February 16th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating, nine have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. Intercept Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $190.98.

Analyst Recommendations for Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT)

Shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) traded up 0.24% during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $118.40. 474,200 shares of the stock were exchanged. The stock’s 50 day moving average is $116.20 and its 200-day moving average is $113.79. The stock’s market cap is $2.96 billion. Intercept Pharmaceuticals has a 12 month low of $96.63 and a 12 month high of $177.93.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($3.61) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($4.27) by $0.66. Intercept Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 116.30% and a negative net margin of 825.58%. The company had revenue of $21 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $15.88 million. During the same period last year, the business posted ($5.17) EPS. The company’s revenue was up 4566.7% on a year-over-year basis. On average, analysts anticipate that Intercept Pharmaceuticals will post ($14.50) EPS for the current year.

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In other news, CMO David Shapiro sold 346 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 3rd. The shares were sold at an average price of $115.00, for a total value of $39,790.00. Following the sale, the chief marketing officer now directly owns 46,023 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,292,645. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Lisa Bright sold 698 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, June 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $110.73, for a total transaction of $77,289.54. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 24,711 shares in the company, valued at $2,736,249.03. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 4,016 shares of company stock valued at $452,624 in the last ninety days. Company insiders own 9.20% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. FMR LLC raised its stake in Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. FMR LLC now owns 3,721,316 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $404,321,000 after buying an additional 12,360 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 4.7% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,270,984 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $143,749,000 after buying an additional 56,952 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 7.3% in the first quarter. State Street Corp now owns 805,550 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $91,110,000 after buying an additional 54,523 shares during the last quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. increased its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 54.2% in the first quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 241,565 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $27,321,000 after buying an additional 84,954 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Point72 Asset Management L.P. increased its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 13.1% in the first quarter. Point72 Asset Management L.P. now owns 220,600 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $24,950,000 after buying an additional 25,500 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 84.39% of the company’s stock.

About Intercept Pharmaceuticals

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of therapeutics to treat non-viral, progressive liver diseases. The Company’s product candidates have the potential to treat orphan and more prevalent diseases for which there are limited therapeutic solutions.

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