Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (AQXP) Lowered to “Hold” at Zacks Investment Research

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Friday.

According to Zacks, “Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company. The Company discovers and develops oral drug candidates to treat inflammation and cancer. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada. “

A number of other research firms have also weighed in on AQXP. ValuEngine lowered Aquinox Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Canaccord Genuity set a $22.00 price target on Aquinox Pharmaceuticals and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $28.00 price target on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $25.00 price target on shares of Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in a research note on Thursday, November 9th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $22.00.

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:AQXP) traded up $0.11 during trading hours on Friday, hitting $11.65. The stock had a trading volume of 66,400 shares, compared to its average volume of 73,425. The stock has a market capitalization of $271.02, a price-to-earnings ratio of -6.04 and a beta of -16.96. Aquinox Pharmaceuticals has a 52-week low of $10.02 and a 52-week high of $19.97.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. University of Notre Dame DU Lac lifted its stake in Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 11.1% in the third quarter. University of Notre Dame DU Lac now owns 190,283 shares of the company’s stock worth $2,700,000 after acquiring an additional 19,066 shares during the period. Nexthera Capital LP purchased a new stake in Aquinox Pharmaceuticals in the second quarter worth $1,276,000. Vanguard Group Inc. lifted its stake in Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 6.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 282,483 shares of the company’s stock worth $3,974,000 after acquiring an additional 17,455 shares during the period. Sphera Funds Management LTD. lifted its stake in Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 21.7% in the third quarter. Sphera Funds Management LTD. now owns 75,535 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,072,000 after acquiring an additional 13,450 shares during the period. Finally, Northern Trust Corp lifted its stake in Aquinox Pharmaceuticals by 3.3% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 83,207 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,171,000 after acquiring an additional 2,691 shares during the period. 96.25% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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About Aquinox Pharmaceuticals

Aquinox Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company discovering and developing targeted therapeutics in disease areas of inflammation and immuno-oncology. The Company’s primary focus is anti-inflammatory product candidates targeting the Src Homology 2 (SH2)-containing inositol-5-phosphatase 1 (SHIP1) enzyme, which is a regulator of a cellular signaling pathway in immune cells, known as the phosphatidylinositol-4,5-bisphosphate 3-kinase (PI3K) pathway.

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