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Why Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AEGR) Shares Jumped

Although we don’t believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes — just in case they’re material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEGR), a specialty biopharmaceutical company, jumped as much as 17% after receiving a price target hike from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM).

Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEGR)So what: Following the stock’s already monstrous run higher, JPMorgan kept its “outperform” rating on Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEGR) but upped its price target to $69 from $48. The basis for the price target hike included better physician feedback, increasing patient referrals, and a recent price hike in Juxtapid, Aegerion’s lone FDA-approved drug that is used to treat homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, or HoFH.

Now what: Without letting my emotions get the better of me, I’d call this move higher over the past couple of months in Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEGR)absolutely insane! What’s more, I’m not sure that increasing the annual price of the treatment from $235,000 to $295,000 is the smartest move. If you recall, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ISIS) and Sanofi SA (ADR) (NYSE:SNY)s also had their HoFH drug, Kynamro, approved just weeks after Juxtapid — and it’s being priced at a big discount to Juxtapid. For ease of use, Juxtapid is the hands-down winner as it’s an oral treatment compared to Kynamro, which is infused. But at a difference of more than $100,000 annually, I’d have to think that Aegerion is playing with fire by boosting its drug price. Needless to say, I’d suggest keeping a football field’s distance between you and Aegerion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AEGR) until we get a few quarters of Juxtapid sales under our belt.

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The article Why Aegerion Pharmaceuticals Shares Jumped originally appeared on Fool.com.

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