Investment analysts at BMO Capital Markets assumed coverage on shares of Akcea Therapeut (NASDAQ:AKCA) in a report issued on Tuesday. The firm set an “outperform” rating on the stock.

AKCA has been the topic of a number of other reports. Cowen and Company initiated coverage on shares of Akcea Therapeut in a report on Tuesday. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock. Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on shares of Akcea Therapeut in a report on Tuesday. They set a “buy” rating and a $19.00 target price on the stock. Finally, Wells Fargo & Company initiated coverage on shares of Akcea Therapeut in a report on Tuesday. They set an “outperform” rating on the stock.

Akcea Therapeut (NASDAQ:AKCA) opened at 14.90 on Tuesday. Akcea Therapeut has a 12 month low of $8.10 and a 12 month high of $16.30. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $9.17 and its 200 day moving average is $9.17. The stock’s market capitalization is $956.55 million.

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In other Akcea Therapeut news, major shareholder Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc bought 3,125,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, July 19th. The shares were bought at an average cost of $8.00 per share, with a total value of $25,000,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the insider now owns 28,884,540 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $231,076,320. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website.

About Akcea Therapeut

Akcea Therapeutics, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing and commercializing drugs to treat patients with serious cardiometabolic diseases caused by lipid disorders. The Company’s drugs, volanesorsen, AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx, AKCEA-ANGPTL3-LRx and AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx, are all based on antisense technology developed by Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Ionis).

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