Shares of Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) have been given an average broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the three brokers that cover the company, Zacks Investment Research reports. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a strong buy rating.

Brokers have set a twelve-month consensus price objective of $7.06 for the company and are anticipating that the company will post ($0.23) EPS for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also assigned Viking Therapeutics an industry rank of 100 out of 265 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Separately, Maxim Group set a $5.00 price objective on Viking Therapeutics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, October 25th.

Shares of Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX) opened at 1.56 on Tuesday. Viking Therapeutics has a 52-week low of $0.90 and a 52-week high of $2.89. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $1.41 and its 200-day moving average price is $1.26. The stock’s market cap is $31.47 million.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in VKTX. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its position in Viking Therapeutics by 666.2% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 163,200 shares of the company’s stock valued at $194,000 after buying an additional 141,900 shares during the last quarter. GRT Capital Partners L.L.C. boosted its position in Viking Therapeutics by 187.8% in the fourth quarter. GRT Capital Partners L.L.C. now owns 94,978 shares of the company’s stock valued at $113,000 after buying an additional 61,978 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Sio Capital Management LLC boosted its position in Viking Therapeutics by 53.3% in the third quarter. Sio Capital Management LLC now owns 849,905 shares of the company’s stock valued at $1,191,000 after buying an additional 295,523 shares during the last quarter. 5.97% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Viking Therapeutics Company Profile

Viking Therapeutics, Inc is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company focuses on the development of therapies for metabolic and endocrine disorders. The Company’s clinical program, VK5211, is an orally available drug candidate, which is in Phase II clinical trial for acute rehabilitation following non-elective hip fracture surgery.

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