-$1.31 EPS Expected for La Jolla Pharmaceutical (LJPC) This Quarter

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Wall Street brokerages forecast that La Jolla Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:LJPC) will post earnings per share of ($1.31) for the current quarter, Zacks reports. Two analysts have issued estimates for La Jolla Pharmaceutical’s earnings, with estimates ranging from ($1.61) to ($1.04). La Jolla Pharmaceutical posted earnings of ($2.22) per share in the same quarter last year, which would suggest a positive year-over-year growth rate of 41%. The firm is expected to report its next quarterly earnings report on Thursday, May 9th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that La Jolla Pharmaceutical will report full year earnings of ($3.99) per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($6.03) to ($1.51). For the next fiscal year, analysts anticipate that the firm will report earnings of ($3.20) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($4.93) to ($1.45). Zacks’ earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side analysts that cover La Jolla Pharmaceutical.

La Jolla Pharmaceutical (NASDAQ:LJPC) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, March 4th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.73) EPS for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($1.74) by $0.01. The business had revenue of $4.18 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $4.20 million. La Jolla Pharmaceutical had a negative return on equity of 223.23% and a negative net margin of 1,983.58%.

LJPC has been the topic of several research reports. BidaskClub raised La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, January 7th. ValuEngine downgraded La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 2nd. Zacks Investment Research downgraded La Jolla Pharmaceutical from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, December 28th. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of La Jolla Pharmaceutical in a report on Tuesday, March 5th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group raised La Jolla Pharmaceutical from an “underperform” rating to a “hold” rating and reduced their price objective for the stock from $13.00 to $6.00 in a report on Monday, January 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and four have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $30.83.

NASDAQ LJPC traded down $0.02 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $7.15. 178,374 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 419,211. The firm has a market cap of $193.59 million, a PE ratio of -0.91 and a beta of 1.32. La Jolla Pharmaceutical has a one year low of $5.01 and a one year high of $38.39.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Virtu Financial LLC acquired a new stake in La Jolla Pharmaceutical during the 1st quarter worth $67,000. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY raised its stake in La Jolla Pharmaceutical by 357.4% during the 4th quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 8,699 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $82,000 after buying an additional 6,797 shares during the period. Fox Run Management L.L.C. acquired a new stake in La Jolla Pharmaceutical during the 4th quarter worth $100,000. Jane Street Group LLC acquired a new stake in La Jolla Pharmaceutical during the 4th quarter worth $134,000. Finally, Paloma Partners Management Co acquired a new stake in La Jolla Pharmaceutical during the 4th quarter worth $206,000.

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company Profile

La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company, a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics for life-threatening diseases. The company offers GIAPREZA (angiotensin II), an injection for intravenous infusion indicated to increase blood pressure in adults with septic or other distributive shock.

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