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How to buy Ionis Pharmaceuticals stock

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a biotechnology business based in the US. Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares (IONS) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Ionis Pharmaceuticals employs 757 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$729.3 million.

How to buy shares in Ionis Pharmaceuticals

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Ionis Pharmaceuticals. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: IONS. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Ionis Pharmaceuticals reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Ionis Pharmaceuticals, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Ionis Pharmaceuticals. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals share price

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Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-04-09.
52-week rangeUSD$41.42 - USD$64.37
50-day moving average USD$50.9324
200-day moving average USD$52.3122
Wall St. target priceUSD$56.94
PE ratio 101.1583
Dividend yield N/A (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.518

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Is it a good time to buy Ionis Pharmaceuticals stock?

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Is Ionis Pharmaceuticals under- or over-valued?

Valuing Ionis Pharmaceuticals stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Ionis Pharmaceuticals's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's P/E ratio

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 101x. In other words, Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares trade at around 101x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's PEG ratio

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 25.7033. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Ionis Pharmaceuticals's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's EBITDA

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$128.6 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Ionis Pharmaceuticals's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals financials

Revenue TTM USD$729.3 million
Gross profit TTM USD$182.2 million
Return on assets TTM -3.16%
Return on equity TTM -38.51%
Profit margin -61.88%
Book value $6.008
Market capitalisation USD$6 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares

There are currently 8.6 million Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares held short by investors – that's known as Ionis Pharmaceuticals's "short interest". This figure is 1% up from 8.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares can be evaluated.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares traded daily (recently around 876870.37793667). Ionis Pharmaceuticals's SIR currently stands at 9.79. In other words for every 100,000 Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares traded daily on the market, roughly 9790 shares are currently held short.

However Ionis Pharmaceuticals's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares, or, against the total number of tradable Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Ionis Pharmaceuticals's short interest could be expressed as 0.06% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares in existence, roughly 60 shares are currently held short) or 0.0724% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Ionis Pharmaceuticals shares, roughly 72 shares are currently held short).

A SIR below 10% would generally be considered to indicate a fairly optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Ionis Pharmaceuticals.

Find out more about how you can short Ionis Pharmaceuticals stock.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Ionis Pharmaceuticals.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 36.64

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Ionis Pharmaceuticals's overall score of 36.64 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 62nd percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Ionis Pharmaceuticals is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's environmental score

Environmental score: 5.18/100

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's environmental score of 5.18 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ionis Pharmaceuticals is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's social score

Social score: 26.17/100

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's social score of 26.17 puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Ionis Pharmaceuticals is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's governance score

Governance score: 13.29/100

Ionis Pharmaceuticals's governance score puts it squarely in the 9th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Ionis Pharmaceuticals is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 36.64
Total ESG percentile 62.18
Environmental score 5.18
Environmental score percentile 9
Social score 26.17
Social score percentile 9
Governance score 13.29
Governance score percentile 9

Ionis Pharmaceuticals share dividends

We're not expecting Ionis Pharmaceuticals to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Ionis Pharmaceuticals share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Ionis Pharmaceuticals's shares have ranged in value from as little as $41.42 up to $64.37. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

IONS.US volatility(beta: 1.1)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Ionis Pharmaceuticals's is 1.0976. This would suggest that Ionis Pharmaceuticals's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Ionis Pharmaceuticals overview

Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. discovers and develops RNA-targeted therapeutics in the United States. The company offers SPINRAZA for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) in pediatric and adult patients; TEGSEDI, an injection for the treatment of polyneuropathy of hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis in adults; and WAYLIVRA, a treatment for familial chylomicronemia syndrome and familial partial lipodystrophy. It is involved in developing neurology products that include Tominersen for Huntington's diseases; Tofersen for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS); IONIS-MAPTRx for Alzheimer's diseases; IONIS-C9Rx for genetic form of ALS; ION859 for Parkinson's disease; ION464 for multiple system atrophy and Parkinson's disease; ION541 for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis; and IONIS-DNM2-2.5Rx for centronuclear myopathy. The company is also developing products for cardiometabolic disease, such as IONIS-TTR-LRx for transthyretin amyloidosis and IONIS-GHR-LRx for acromegaly; IONIS-APOCIII-LRx for familial chylomicronemia syndrome and TG- driven diseases; IONIS-APOCIII-LRx for treatment resistant hypertension; Pelacarsen for Lp(a)cardiovascular disease risk reduction; Vupanorsen for sHTG/CVDRR; IONIS-FXI-LRx for clotting disorders; ION449 for cardiovascular diseases; and IONIS-GCGRRx for diabetics. In addition, it develops IONIS-ENAC-2.5Rx for cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; IONIS-PKK-LRx for hereditary angioedema; Danvatirsen for cancer; IONIS-TMPRSS6-LRx for beta-thalassemia and iron toxicity; IONIS-HBVRx for hepatitis B virus; IONIS-AR-2.5Rx for prostate cancer; IONIS-FB-LRx for age-related macular degeneration and IgA nephropathy; and ION357 for retinitis pigmentosa. It has a collaboration agreement with AstraZeneca; GlaxoSmithKline plc; Janssen Biotech, Inc.; Bayer AG; Novartis AG; Pfizer, Inc.; Biogen Inc.; and Roche. Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. was founded in 1989 and is based in Carlsbad, California.

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