Heron Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:HRTX) saw unusually-high trading volume on Monday . Approximately 2,554,433 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 355% from the previous session’s volume of 561,722 shares.The stock last traded at $17.76 and had previously closed at $16.62.

HRTX has been the topic of several recent research reports. Cowen and Company reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $47.00 price target on shares of Heron Therapeutics in a research report on Sunday, April 17th. Leerink Swann reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Heron Therapeutics in a research report on Tuesday, April 19th. Brean Capital reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Heron Therapeutics in a research report on Monday, April 18th. Jefferies Group reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Heron Therapeutics in a research report on Monday, April 18th. Finally, Noble Financial reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $51.00 price target on shares of Heron Therapeutics in a research report on Wednesday, April 20th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. Heron Therapeutics has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $50.30.

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $17.48 and its 200 day moving average price is $18.93.

Heron Therapeutics (NASDAQ:HRTX) last released its earnings results on Thursday, May 5th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.92) earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of ($0.92). Analysts predict that Heron Therapeutics Inc. will post ($3.59) earnings per share for the current year.

A number of hedge funds recently added to or reduced their stakes in HRTX. Swiss National Bank bought a new stake in Heron Therapeutics during the fourth quarter valued at $1,100,000. GAM Holding AG increased its stake in Heron Therapeutics by 28.9% in the fourth quarter. GAM Holding AG now owns 41,900 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $1,119,000 after buying an additional 9,400 shares in the last quarter. Russell Frank Co increased its stake in Heron Therapeutics by 46.9% in the fourth quarter. Russell Frank Co now owns 48,830 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $1,369,000 after buying an additional 15,585 shares in the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its stake in Heron Therapeutics by 1.9% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 54,211 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $1,447,000 after buying an additional 1,000 shares in the last quarter. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in Heron Therapeutics by 863.8% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 90,600 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $2,419,000 after buying an additional 81,200 shares in the last quarter.

Heron Therapeutics, Inc is a biotechnology company engaged in developing pharmaceutical products for patients suffering from cancer or pain. The Company’s product candidates include SUSTOL, HTX-019 and HTX-011. All of its product candidates utilize science and technology platforms, including its Biochronomer drug delivery technology.

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