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Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ICPT) Receives Consensus Recommendation of "Hold" from Brokerages

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | MarketBeat

Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:ICPT) has received an average rating of "Hold" from the twenty-seven analysts that are covering the company, Marketbeat Ratings reports. Nineteen equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and eight have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price objective among brokerages that have covered the stock in the last year is $73.35.

Several equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Wells Fargo & Company lowered Intercept Pharmaceuticals from an "overweight" rating to an "equal weight" rating and dropped their price target for the company from $146.00 to $46.00 in a research note on Monday, June 29th. BMO Capital Markets cut Intercept Pharmaceuticals from an "outperform" rating to a "market perform" rating and cut their price objective for the stock from $107.00 to $52.00 in a research report on Monday, June 29th. Oppenheimer reaffirmed a "hold" rating and set a $54.00 price target on shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Tuesday, August 11th. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price target on Intercept Pharmaceuticals from $51.00 to $56.00 and gave the company a "hold" rating in a research report on Monday, August 10th. Finally, SVB Leerink dropped their price target on Intercept Pharmaceuticals from $89.00 to $50.00 and set a "market perform" rating on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, June 30th.

ICPT stock opened at $43.41 on Wednesday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 10.32, a quick ratio of 3.71 and a current ratio of 3.71. The stock has a market cap of $1.43 billion, a P/E ratio of -4.19 and a beta of 1.62. The firm has a 50 day simple moving average of $47.34 and a 200 day simple moving average of $65.06. Intercept Pharmaceuticals has a 52 week low of $40.30 and a 52 week high of $125.00.

Intercept Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ICPT) last released its earnings results on Monday, August 10th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.92) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of ($2.94) by $1.02. Intercept Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 1,973.10% and a negative net margin of 119.73%. The firm had revenue of $77.60 million for the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $72.45 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted ($2.28) earnings per share. The business's revenue for the quarter was up 17.0% on a year-over-year basis. Sell-side analysts predict that Intercept Pharmaceuticals will post -8.2 EPS for the current year.

In other Intercept Pharmaceuticals news, Director Paolo Fundaro sold 54,600 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, August 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $50.55, for a total value of $2,760,030.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 21,028 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,062,965.40. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at this link. Also, major shareholder S.P.A. Genextra sold 1,362,400 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, August 17th. The stock was sold at an average price of $47.07, for a total value of $64,128,168.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 5,417,000 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $254,978,190. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 1,501,192 shares of company stock valued at $71,310,546. Company insiders own 23.70% of the company's stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Arizona State Retirement System purchased a new position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals in the first quarter valued at about $387,000. New York State Common Retirement Fund lifted its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 3.8% in the first quarter. New York State Common Retirement Fund now owns 29,336 shares of the biopharmaceutical company's stock worth $1,847,000 after buying an additional 1,079 shares in the last quarter. Rhumbline Advisers lifted its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 1.7% in the first quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 36,442 shares of the biopharmaceutical company's stock worth $2,294,000 after buying an additional 594 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 17.6% in the first quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 2,080 shares of the biopharmaceutical company's stock worth $131,000 after buying an additional 312 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Swiss National Bank lifted its position in shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals by 1.4% in the first quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 50,800 shares of the biopharmaceutical company's stock worth $3,198,000 after buying an additional 700 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 80.78% of the company's stock.

About Intercept Pharmaceuticals

Intercept Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of therapeutics to treat progressive non-viral liver diseases. It markets Ocaliva, an farnesoid X receptor agonist approved in the United States, the European Union, and other jurisdictions for the treatment of primary biliary cholangitis (PBC) in combination with ursodeoxycholic acid in adults.

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