Pacira Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PCRX) was upgraded by ValuEngine from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

A number of other research analysts have also commented on the company. Zacks Investment Research lowered Pacira Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. BidaskClub lowered Pacira Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, January 6th. Wedbush restated a “buy” rating on shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Friday, January 5th. HC Wainwright set a $55.00 target price on Pacira Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “hold” rating on shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $49.00.

Shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ PCRX) traded down $0.73 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $41.50. The company had a trading volume of 1,031,870 shares, compared to its average volume of 712,847. The company has a quick ratio of 6.24, a current ratio of 6.99 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.03. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,683.66, a price-to-earnings ratio of -31.68 and a beta of 2.20. Pacira Pharmaceuticals has a twelve month low of $29.81 and a twelve month high of $58.95.

Pacira Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PCRX) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported $0.11 EPS for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.04) by $0.15. The business had revenue of $67.30 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $68.99 million. Pacira Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 13.77% and a negative net margin of 18.25%. Pacira Pharmaceuticals’s revenue was down 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.20 earnings per share. equities analysts anticipate that Pacira Pharmaceuticals will post -0.85 EPS for the current year.

In other news, SVP James B. Jones sold 850 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 20th. The stock was sold at an average price of $41.11, for a total transaction of $34,943.50. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Mark A. Kronenfeld bought 1,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 10th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $41.60 per share, for a total transaction of $41,600.00. Following the acquisition, the director now directly owns 6,795 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $282,672. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Insiders have sold 98,960 shares of company stock valued at $3,868,341 over the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 6.60% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in PCRX. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its holdings in shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals by 8.5% during the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 178,700 shares of the company’s stock worth $8,524,000 after purchasing an additional 13,973 shares during the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers grew its holdings in shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals by 3.5% during the second quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 49,203 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,347,000 after purchasing an additional 1,672 shares during the last quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC grew its holdings in shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals by 135.6% during the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 6,395 shares of the company’s stock worth $305,000 after purchasing an additional 3,681 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals by 5.6% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 218,087 shares of the company’s stock worth $10,403,000 after purchasing an additional 11,652 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc grew its holdings in shares of Pacira Pharmaceuticals by 5.3% during the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 12,985 shares of the company’s stock worth $620,000 after purchasing an additional 653 shares during the last quarter.

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About Pacira Pharmaceuticals

Pacira Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a holding company. The Company is a pharmaceutical company focused on the development, manufacture and commercialization of pharmaceutical products, based on its DepoFoam extended release drug delivery technology, for use primarily in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

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