Shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ACRX) have been given an average rating of “Hold” by the nine research firms that are currently covering the firm, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have given a hold recommendation and five have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average 12-month price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $4.45.

ACRX has been the subject of several analyst reports. Roth Capital set a $8.00 price target on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 12th. HC Wainwright restated a “buy” rating and set a $10.00 price target on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $2.25 price target for the company in a research report on Wednesday, December 27th. Jefferies Group lowered shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies restated a “hold” rating and set a $2.00 price target on shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Friday, October 13th.

In other news, Director Mark G. Edwards bought 30,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, November 14th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $1.90 per share, for a total transaction of $57,000.00. Following the completion of the acquisition, the director now owns 150,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $285,000. The acquisition was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Corporate insiders own 28.10% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Perennial Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in shares of AcelRx Pharmaceuticals during the third quarter worth about $138,000. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC raised its stake in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals by 600.9% in the second quarter. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC now owns 118,675 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $255,000 after buying an additional 101,742 shares in the last quarter. Geller Family Office Services LLC bought a new position in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in the third quarter worth about $460,000. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. bought a new position in AcelRx Pharmaceuticals in the second quarter worth about $530,000. Institutional investors own 13.70% of the company’s stock.

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ ACRX) traded down $0.05 during midday trading on Monday, reaching $2.05. 327,700 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 524,127. The company has a current ratio of 4.78, a quick ratio of 4.71 and a debt-to-equity ratio of -0.43. AcelRx Pharmaceuticals has a twelve month low of $1.55 and a twelve month high of $5.75. The stock has a market capitalization of $103.19, a price-to-earnings ratio of -1.83 and a beta of 2.96.

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AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of therapies for the treatment of moderate-to-severe acute pain. The Company operates through the segment, which includes development and commercialization of product candidates for the treatment of pain.

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