Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ESPR)’s share price rose 6.8% during trading on Friday . The company traded as high as $52.95 and last traded at $52.77, with a volume of 872,916 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $49.42.

ESPR has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. ValuEngine raised Esperion Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Esperion Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 9th. Deutsche Bank AG assumed coverage on Esperion Therapeutics in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. They issued a “buy” rating and a $48.00 price objective on the stock. BidaskClub lowered Esperion Therapeutics from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Citigroup Inc. reiterated a “buy” rating on shares of Esperion Therapeutics in a research report on Thursday, June 22nd. Seven research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and nine have given a buy rating to the company. Esperion Therapeutics has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $51.65.

The firm’s 50 day moving average is $47.50 and its 200-day moving average is $38.67. The stock’s market cap is $1.19 billion.

Esperion Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ESPR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.92) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($1.67) by $0.25. During the same period in the previous year, the firm posted ($0.62) earnings per share. Equities research analysts predict that Esperion Therapeutics, Inc. will post ($7.33) EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ESPR. Lord Abbett & CO. LLC purchased a new position in Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter valued at approximately $6,432,000. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC increased its position in Esperion Therapeutics by 69,371.4% in the second quarter. Tower Research Capital LLC TRC now owns 4,863 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $225,000 after buying an additional 4,856 shares during the last quarter. RA Capital Management LLC increased its position in Esperion Therapeutics by 3.8% in the second quarter. RA Capital Management LLC now owns 731,531 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $33,855,000 after buying an additional 26,830 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp increased its position in Esperion Therapeutics by 264.6% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,506,514 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $69,721,000 after buying an additional 1,093,292 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Macquarie Group Ltd. purchased a new position in Esperion Therapeutics during the second quarter valued at approximately $1,182,000. Institutional investors own 83.33% of the company’s stock.

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Esperion Therapeutics Company Profile

Esperion Therapeutics, Inc is a lipid management company. The Company is a late-stage pharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing once-daily, oral therapies for the treatment of patients with elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C). With a targeted mechanism of action, bempedoic acid, the Company’s lead product candidate, is an orally available, once-daily adenosine triphosphate (ATP)-citrate lyase (ACL) inhibitor that reduces cholesterol biosynthesis and lowers elevated levels of LDL-C by up-regulating the LDL receptor, but with reduced potential for muscle-related side effects.