DURECT Co. (NASDAQ:DRRX) Receives Consensus Rating of “Hold” from Analysts

Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 1,008,760 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $1,564,000 after acquiring an …

DURECT logoShares of DURECT Co. (NASDAQ:DRRX) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the ten analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and five have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price objective among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $5.02.

A number of brokerages recently issued reports on DRRX. BidaskClub downgraded DURECT from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, August 15th. Zacks Investment Research cut DURECT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, May 8th. TheStreet upgraded DURECT from a “d-” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 4th. Oppenheimer initiated coverage on DURECT in a research note on Thursday, July 30th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $7.00 price objective for the company. Finally, ValuEngine cut DURECT from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, July 2nd.

In other news, major shareholder Lp Bleichroeder sold 250,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $1.68, for a total value of $420,000.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Insiders own 5.20% of the company’s stock.

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A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in DRRX. Citigroup Inc. boosted its position in DURECT by 861.3% during the first quarter. Citigroup Inc. now owns 82,775 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $128,000 after purchasing an additional 74,164 shares in the last quarter. Virtu Financial LLC purchased a new stake in DURECT during the second quarter worth $45,000. Wells Fargo & Company MN boosted its position in DURECT by 29.2% during the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 284,769 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $441,000 after purchasing an additional 64,278 shares in the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC boosted its position in DURECT by 8.7% during the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 1,653,125 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $2,561,000 after purchasing an additional 132,045 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Two Sigma Investments LP lifted its position in shares of DURECT by 23.3% in the first quarter. Two Sigma Investments LP now owns 1,008,760 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $1,564,000 after acquiring an additional 190,791 shares in the last quarter. 56.80% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Shares of DRRX opened at $1.79 on Thursday. DURECT has a 52-week low of $0.95 and a 52-week high of $3.95. The company has a market capitalization of $334.96 million, a PE ratio of -179.00 and a beta of 1.90. The stock has a fifty day simple moving average of $2.12 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $2.05. The company has a quick ratio of 5.47, a current ratio of 5.80 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.67.

DURECT (NASDAQ:DRRX) last issued its earnings results on Monday, August 3rd. The specialty pharmaceutical company reported $0.07 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of $0.02 by $0.05. DURECT had a negative return on equity of 7.69% and a negative net margin of 3.66%. The business had revenue of $25.84 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $19.76 million. As a group, equities analysts anticipate that DURECT will post -0.06 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

DURECT Company Profile

DURECT Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, researches and develops medicines based on its epigenetic regulator and pharmaceutical programs. The company offers ALZET product line that consists of osmotic pumps and accessories used for experimental research in mice, rats, and other laboratory animals; and a range of biodegradable polymers for pharmaceutical and medical device clients for use as raw materials in their products under the LACTEL brand.

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