Stock traders buy high volume of call options on Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VNDA)

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: VNDA) was the recipient of unusually large options trading on Friday. Stock traders bought 4,024 call options on the company. This is an increase of 1,070% over the average volume of 344 call options.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals stock traded down $ 0.46 on Friday, reaching $ 15.38. The company’s shares had a trading volume of 260,873 shares, compared to its average volume of 347,703. The company has a market capitalization of $ 856.85 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 25.21 and a beta of 0.44. The company’s fifty-day average mobile price is $ 17.07, and its 200-day average mobile price is $ 17.57. Vanda Pharmaceuticals has a twelve month low of $ 13.36 and a twelve month high of $ 21.86.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: VNDA) last released its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 3. The biopharmaceutical company reported EPS of $ 0.14 for the quarter, missing analyst consensus estimates of $ 0.20 per ($ 0.06). The company posted revenue of $ 70.10 million in the quarter, compared to analysts’ estimates of $ 73.50 million. Vanda Pharmaceuticals recorded a return on equity of 7.23% and a net margin of 12.77%. During the same period of the previous year, the company posted EPS of $ 0.11. As a group, equity research analysts predict that Vanda Pharmaceuticals will post earnings per share of 0.55 for the current year.

In addition, CEO Mihael Hristos Polymeropoulos sold 46,200 shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals in a transaction dated Wednesday, December 1. The stock was sold for an average price of $ 16.00, for a total trade of $ 739,200.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. 6.10% of the capital is held by insiders.

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A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently increased or reduced their stakes in the stock. Meeder Asset Management Inc. increased its holdings of Vanda Pharmaceuticals shares by 3,824.8% in the third quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 4,435 shares of the biopharmaceutical company valued at $ 77,000 after acquiring an additional 4,322 shares in the last quarter. FORA Capital LLC purchased a new stake in Vanda Pharmaceuticals shares in the second quarter valued at approximately $ 129,000. Schonfeld Strategic Advisors LLC purchased a new equity stake in Vanda Pharmaceuticals in the third quarter valued at approximately $ 172,000. Grantham Mayo Van Otterloo & Co. LLC purchased a new stake in Vanda Pharmaceuticals shares in the third quarter valued at approximately $ 225,000. Finally, Profund Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Vanda Pharmaceuticals shares in the second quarter valued at approximately $ 231,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds hold 98.42% of the company’s shares.

Meanwhile, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Vanda Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report released on Friday. One equity research analyst rated the stock with a sell rating, two issued a hold rating, and one issued a buy rating for the company’s stock. Based on data from MarketBeat.com, the company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $ 18.50.

Vanda Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Vanda Pharmaceuticals, Inc is engaged in the development and commercialization of therapies for significant unmet medical needs. The company intends to treat schizophrenia, jet lag disorders, atopic dermatitis, central nervous system disorders and circadian sleep rhythm disorders. Its product portfolio includes HETLIOZ, Fanapt, Tradipitant, Trichostatin and AQW051.

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