Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (VKTX) Reaches $6.31 After 8.00% Up Move; Hilltop Holdings Upped Southwest Airls Co (LUV) Holding By $345,015

February 15, 2018 - By Darrin Black

Hilltop Holdings Inc increased Southwest Airls Co (LUV) stake by 51.97% reported in 2017Q3 SEC filing. Hilltop Holdings Inc acquired 6,273 shares as Southwest Airls Co (LUV)’s stock rose 1.26%. The Hilltop Holdings Inc holds 18,343 shares with $1.03M value, up from 12,070 last quarter. Southwest Airls Co now has $34.29B valuation. The stock increased 0.09% or $0.05 during the last trading session, reaching $57.78. About 862,376 shares traded. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) has risen 37.63% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 20.93% the S&P500.

The stock of Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) is a huge mover today! The stock increased 2.27% or $0.14 during the last trading session, reaching $6.31. About 614,717 shares traded. Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) has risen 5.04% since February 15, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 11.66% the S&P500.The move comes after 7 months positive chart setup for the $296.88 million company. It was reported on Feb, 15 by Barchart.com. We have $6.81 PT which if reached, will make NASDAQ:VKTX worth $23.75 million more.

Analysts await Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) to report earnings on March, 20. They expect $-0.19 EPS, down 5.56% or $0.01 from last year’s $-0.18 per share. After $-0.22 actual EPS reported by Viking Therapeutics, Inc. for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -13.64% EPS growth.

Among 4 analysts covering Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX), 4 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 0 Hold. Therefore 100% are positive. Viking Therapeutics has $10 highest and $5.0 lowest target. $6.88’s average target is 9.03% above currents $6.31 stock price. Viking Therapeutics had 11 analyst reports since April 7, 2016 according to SRatingsIntel. The stock of Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) earned “Buy” rating by Maxim Group on Wednesday, July 12. Maxim Group maintained Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) on Tuesday, June 6 with “Buy” rating. The stock of Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) earned “Buy” rating by H.C. Wainwright on Friday, November 10. The stock of Viking Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) earned “Buy” rating by Roth Capital on Wednesday, November 29. Maxim Group maintained it with “Buy” rating and $500 target in Thursday, August 10 report. The rating was maintained by H.C. Wainwright on Monday, July 17 with “Buy”. As per Thursday, August 10, the company rating was maintained by H.C. Wainwright. On Tuesday, November 21 the stock rating was initiated by Roth Capital with “Buy”. The firm earned “Buy” rating on Thursday, August 11 by Laidlaw. The company was initiated on Tuesday, May 24 by Maxim Group.

Viking Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development of therapies for metabolic and endocrine disorders. The company has market cap of $296.88 million. The Company’s lead clinical program is VK5211, an orally available drug candidate, which is in a phase II clinical trials for acute rehabilitation following non-elective hip fracture surgery. It currently has negative earnings. The firm also develops VK2809, an orally available, tissue, and receptor-subtype selective agonist of the thyroid beta receptor for the treatment of hypercholesterolemia and fatty liver disease, as well as for the orphan indication glycogen storage disease type Ia; and VK0214 for the treatment of orphan indication X-linked adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare X-linked, inherited neurological disorder.

Hilltop Holdings Inc decreased Vanguard Index Fds (VXF) stake by 15,313 shares to 14,530 valued at $1.56M in 2017Q3. It also reduced Idex Corp (NYSE:IEX) stake by 2,548 shares and now owns 15,284 shares. Ishares Tr (IDV) was reduced too.

Among 19 analysts covering Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV), 14 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 5 Hold. Therefore 74% are positive. Southwest Airlines Co. had 64 analyst reports since July 30, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Imperial Capital maintained Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) on Friday, January 27 with “Outperform” rating. On Friday, October 27 the stock rating was maintained by Cowen & Co with “Buy”. Credit Suisse maintained the shares of LUV in report on Tuesday, April 12 with “Outperform” rating. Imperial Capital maintained Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) rating on Tuesday, November 22. Imperial Capital has “Outperform” rating and $57 target. Cowen & Co maintained the stock with “Buy” rating in Thursday, September 7 report. On Thursday, September 3 the stock rating was maintained by Imperial Capital with “Outperform”. The rating was initiated by Citigroup on Friday, November 18 with “Buy”. The stock has “Neutral” rating by JP Morgan on Tuesday, January 30. The stock of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) has “Buy” rating given on Friday, September 15 by J.P. Morgan. Imperial Capital initiated the shares of LUV in report on Friday, September 9 with “Outperform” rating.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.89 in Q3 2017. Its up 0.06, from 0.83 in 2017Q2. It is positive, as 69 investors sold LUV shares while 249 reduced holdings. 70 funds opened positions while 213 raised stakes. 441.14 million shares or 4.78% less from 463.31 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Institute For Wealth Management Lc reported 19,455 shares or 0.35% of all its holdings. First Midwest Financial Bank Division stated it has 22,999 shares. Stratford Consulting Ltd Llc has 44,285 shares. Canada Pension Plan Inv Board invested in 0.15% or 1.30M shares. Fruth Invest invested 0.13% of its portfolio in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV). Arrowstreet Ltd Partnership accumulated 343,554 shares. Piedmont Investment Ltd Liability Corporation owns 131,697 shares. 146,762 are held by Pictet Asset. Barclays Public Limited Com owns 187,959 shares. Motco holds 3,162 shares. Wetherby Asset accumulated 0.08% or 9,846 shares. 101,065 were reported by Van Hulzen Asset Lc. The Australia-based Commonwealth Commercial Bank Of Aus has invested 0.05% in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV). E&G Limited Partnership invested in 0.13% or 5,000 shares. Smith Moore & accumulated 3,680 shares or 0.06% of the stock.

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