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Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (HEPA) – Don’t Be So Quick to Call it Dead

27 institutions hold shares in Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (HEPA), with 350.08k shares held by insiders accounting for 3.88% while institutional investors hold 14.34% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 9.03M, and float is at 7.41M with Short Float at 25.79%. Institutions hold 13.78% of the Float.

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The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) with over 1.73 million shares valued at $3.79 million. The investor’s holdings represent 3.25% of the HEPA Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Blackrock Inc. with 1.19 million shares valued at $2.62 million to account for 2.24% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are AIGH Capital Management LLC which holds 0.92 million shares representing 1.73% and valued at over $2.02 million, while Renaissance Technologies, LLC holds 0.62% of the shares totaling 0.33 million with a market value of $0.72 million.

Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: HEPA) is -19.18% lower on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $1.26 and a high of $4.83 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will make a comeback and enjoy potential growth. Why not look at analysts view on what the future holds for the stock. The HEPA stock was last observed hovering at around $1.90 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -0.13% off its average median price target of $6.00 for the next 12 months. It is also 70.5% off the consensus price target high of $6.00 offered by 1 analysts, but current levels are 70.5% higher than the price target low of $6.00 for the same period.

Currently trading at $1.77, the stock is -14.66% and -20.29% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 3.86 million and changing -6.84% at the moment leaves the stock -36.67% off its SMA200. HEPA registered -4.84% loss for a year compared to 6-month loss of -41.78%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $2.2159 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $2.4896.

The stock witnessed a -5.85% gain in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -18.43%, and is -15.71% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 8.55% over the week and 9.71% over the month.

Distance from 52-week low is 40.48% and -63.35% from its 52-week high.

Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (HEPA) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (HEPA) is a “Buy”. 1 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.00, where 0 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 1 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 0 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 05/18/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at -$0.2.The EPS is expected to grow by 93.70% this year.

Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (HEPA) Insider Activity

A total of 8 insider transactions have happened at Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (HEPA) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 0 and purchases happening 8 times. The most recent transaction is an insider purchase by Cavan John T, the company’s Chief Financial Officer. SEC filings show that Cavan John T bought 10,000 shares of the company’s common stock on Feb 18 at a price of $2.00 per share for a total of $20000.0. Following the purchase, the insider now owns 14800.0 shares.

Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Feb 18 that Foster Robert T (CEO and Director) bought a total of 20,000 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Feb 18 and was made at $2.00 per share for $40000.0. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 45259.0 shares of the HEPA stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Feb 16, Wijngaard Peter (Director) acquired 10,000 shares at an average price of $2.20 for $22000.0. The insider now directly holds 30,000 shares of Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (HEPA).

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