Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY)‘s stock had its “buy” rating reaffirmed by research analysts at Stifel Nicolaus in a report issued on Thursday. They currently have a $56.00 target price on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock, up from their previous target price of $47.00. Stifel Nicolaus’ target price points to a potential downside of 26.26% from the company’s current price.

A number of other equities analysts have also recently issued reports on ALNY. Chardan Capital reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $124.00 price objective (down from $131.00) on shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Thursday. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 5th. Sanford C. Bernstein began coverage on shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Thursday, July 27th. They set an “outperform” rating and a $99.00 price objective for the company. Barclays PLC upped their price objective on shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals from $50.00 to $70.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday. Finally, Morgan Stanley upped their price objective on shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals from $46.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Thursday. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, thirteen have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $81.74.

Shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) traded down 5.69% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $75.94. 2,078,084 shares of the company were exchanged. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals has a 12-month low of $31.38 and a 12-month high of $86.92. The firm’s market capitalization is $6.55 billion. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $81.35 and its 200-day moving average price is $61.53.

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 9th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.34) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($1.22) by $0.12. The company had revenue of $15.93 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $23.86 million. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 42.90% and a negative net margin of 705.11%. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’s revenue for the quarter was up 82.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($1.05) earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Alnylam Pharmaceuticals will post ($5.21) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other news, VP Michael Mason sold 9,375 shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, May 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $70.00, for a total value of $656,250.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 5,625 shares in the company, valued at $393,750. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, SVP Akshay Vaishnaw sold 43,750 shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals stock in a transaction dated Monday, May 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.00, for a total transaction of $2,843,750.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 43,047 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,798,055. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 64,125 shares of company stock valued at $4,325,000. 4.30% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ALNY. First Manhattan Co. purchased a new position in Alnylam Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth approximately $135,000. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank acquired a new stake in shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth $148,000. Westpac Banking Corp acquired a new stake in shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth $202,000. Prudential Financial Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals during the first quarter worth $215,000. Finally, CIBC Asset Management Inc acquired a new stake in shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals during the second quarter worth $221,000. Institutional investors own 88.96% of the company’s stock.

About Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of ribonucleic acid (RNA) interference (RNAi) therapeutics. The Company is focused on the use of its N-acetylgalactosamine (GalNAc)-conjugate platform for delivery of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs).

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