Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (LXRX) Flies On Cancer Drug Study Results; Hedge Funds Saw This Coming

Shares of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX) are flying high today, gaining nearly 60% on Monday, as the company announced positive results for its phase 3 clinical trial for the cancer drug telotristat etiprate. In the results of the study called TELESTAR, Lexicon Pharmaceuticals’ drug, which aims to treat carcinoid syndrome, is said to have met its primary endpoint, reducing by a statistically significant margin compared to placebo the number of bowel movements of study participants over the course of their treatment. Patients who suffer from carcinoid syndrome experience symptoms which includes debilitating diarrhea, facial flushing, abdominal pain and heart valve damage.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX) President and Chief Executive Officer Lonnel Coats said in a statement that he and his team are “extremely pleased with these top-line results” and that the firm is “committed to working closely with the FDA to file our first new drug application (NDA) and to bring this innovative new treatment to patients whose lives are already impacted by the challenges of cancer.”

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Such a development for Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:LXRX)’s stock appears to have been foreseen by some of the hedge funds we track. By the end of March, a total of 13 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey were bullish on this stock, up from 11 a quarter earlier. Moreover, the aggregate value of holdings owned by these hedge funds increased by 55.92% quarter-over-quarter by the end of March to $18.03 million, though the stock only gained 3.78% during the first three months of the year. Hedge funds who either upped their investments or initiated a stake in the pharmaceutical firm in the first quarter were rewarded in the second quarter as the stock jumped 21.78% during this period.

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