Cookson Peirce Co Inc Lowers stake in Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND)

Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND) : Cookson Peirce Co Inc reduced its stake in Ligand Pharmaceuticals by 9.78% during the most recent quarter end. The investment management company now holds a total of 64,550 shares of Ligand Pharmaceuticals which is valued at $8,594,187 after selling 7,000 shares in Ligand Pharmaceuticals , the firm said in a disclosure report filed with the SEC on Aug 3, 2016.Ligand Pharmaceuticals makes up approximately 1.24% of Cookson Peirce Co Inc’s portfolio.

Other Hedge Funds, Including , Woodstock Corp reduced its stake in LGND by selling 360 shares or 0.52% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 69,038 shares of LGND which is valued at $9,191,719. Ligand Pharmaceuticals makes up approx 1.83% of Woodstock Corp’s portfolio.Kalmar Investments Inc De reduced its stake in LGND by selling 2,756 shares or 0.98% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 279,315 shares of LGND which is valued at $37,674,007. Ligand Pharmaceuticals makes up approx 1.60% of Kalmar Investments Inc De’s portfolio.American Century Companies Inc reduced its stake in LGND by selling 11,095 shares or 12.72% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 76,108 shares of LGND which is valued at $10,356,016. Ligand Pharmaceuticals makes up approx 0.01% of American Century Companies Inc’s portfolio.Pitcairn Co reduced its stake in LGND by selling 100 shares or 4.22% in the most recent quarter. The Hedge Fund company now holds 2,271 shares of LGND which is valued at $309,015. Ligand Pharmaceuticals makes up approx 0.04% of Pitcairn Co’s portfolio.

Ligand Pharmaceuticals closed down -5.845 points or -4.74% at $117.455 with 7,13,807 shares getting traded on Monday. Post opening the session at $123.26, the shares hit an intraday low of $117.15 and an intraday high of $123.92 and the price fluctuated in this range throughout the day.Shares ended Monday session in Red.

On the company’s financial health, Ligand Pharmaceuticals reported $0.50 EPS for the quarter, missing the analyst consensus estimate by $ -0.03 based on the information available during the earnings call on Aug 4, 2016. Analyst had a consensus of $0.53. The company had revenue of $19.50 million for the quarter, compared to analysts expectations of $18.45 million. The company’s revenue was up 6.0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company posted $1.81 EPS.

Many Wall Street Analysts have commented on Ligand Pharmaceuticals. Company shares were Downgraded by Deutsche Bank on Aug 5, 2016 to ” Sell”, Firm has raised the Price Target to $ 110 from a previous price target of $104 .

Ligand Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (Ligand) is a biotechnology company that operates with a business model focused on developing or acquiring revenue generating assets and coupling them with a lean corporate cost structure. The Company’s technology CAPTISOL is a formulation technology that has enabled seven United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved products including Kyprolis and Noxafil-IV and is being developed in several clinical-stage partner programs. The Company is engaged in the development of product candidates indicated for the treatment of diseases such as hepatitis multiple myeloma muscle wasting Alzheimer’s disease dyslipidemia diabetes anemia epilepsy focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and osteoporosis.

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