Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:VNDA) shot up 5.9% on Friday . The stock traded as high as $18.95 and last traded at $18.70. 1,275,797 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 126% from the average session volume of 564,946 shares. The stock had previously closed at $17.65.
Several research firms recently weighed in on VNDA. BidaskClub raised Vanda Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday. Oppenheimer set a $27.00 price objective on Vanda Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, February 15th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Vanda Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, October 26th. Jefferies Group reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $20.00 target price on shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals in a report on Tuesday, February 13th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Vanda Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Vanda Pharmaceuticals presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $21.43.
The company has a market cap of $792.97, a price-to-earnings ratio of -53.43 and a beta of 1.23.
In other news, SVP Gunther Birznieks sold 8,568 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.26, for a total value of $130,747.68. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now directly owns 118,366 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,806,265.16. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Mihael Hristos Polymeropoulos sold 191,760 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.30, for a total value of $2,933,928.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 1,031,848 shares in the company, valued at $15,787,274.40. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 209,483 shares of company stock worth $3,205,205 over the last ninety days. Company insiders own 7.60% of the company’s stock.
Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC acquired a new position in shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals in the 4th quarter valued at about $308,000. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY acquired a new position in shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals in the 4th quarter valued at about $221,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. lifted its stake in shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals by 20.0% in the 4th quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 2,268,691 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $34,484,000 after purchasing an additional 378,606 shares during the period. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC lifted its stake in shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals by 5.1% in the 4th quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 446,482 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $6,787,000 after purchasing an additional 21,595 shares during the period. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC lifted its stake in shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals by 0.8% in the 4th quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 702,028 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $10,671,000 after purchasing an additional 5,690 shares during the period. 89.13% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.
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About Vanda Pharmaceuticals
Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of therapies to address unmet medical needs. Its product portfolio includes HETLIOZ (tasimelteon), Fanapt (iloperidone), Tradipitant (VLY-686), Trichostatin A and AQW051. It offers HETLIOZ for the treatment of Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder (Non-24).
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