Galapagos NV (NASDAQ:GLPG) saw a large decrease in short interest in September. As of September 15th, there was short interest totalling 403,300 shares, a decrease of 27.4% from the August 31st total of 555,345 shares. Based on an average daily volume of 105,234 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.8 days.

A number of hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of GLPG. Federated Investors Inc. PA increased its position in Galapagos NV by 36.8% during the second quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 1,364,600 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $104,419,000 after acquiring an additional 366,800 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC increased its position in Galapagos NV by 49.5% during the second quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 465,300 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $35,605,000 after acquiring an additional 154,100 shares during the last quarter. Clough Capital Partners L P increased its position in Galapagos NV by 336.1% during the first quarter. Clough Capital Partners L P now owns 74,870 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $6,453,000 after acquiring an additional 57,700 shares during the last quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its position in Galapagos NV by 9.5% during the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 458,088 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $39,483,000 after acquiring an additional 39,729 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dorsey Wright & Associates purchased a new stake in shares of Galapagos NV during the second quarter valued at $1,151,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 23.62% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have recently issued reports on GLPG. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Galapagos NV from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday. Royal Bank Of Canada began coverage on shares of Galapagos NV in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. They issued a “sector perform” rating and a $98.00 price objective for the company. Stifel Nicolaus upped their price objective on shares of Galapagos NV from $101.00 to $120.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, September 15th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating and set a $123.00 price target (up previously from $92.00) on shares of Galapagos NV in a research report on Friday, October 6th. Finally, BidaskClub raised shares of Galapagos NV from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $108.14.

Shares of Galapagos NV (NASDAQ:GLPG) traded down 1.69% during midday trading on Friday, reaching $101.55. 44,856 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The company’s market capitalization is $5.17 billion. Galapagos NV has a one year low of $57.16 and a one year high of $104.12. The company has a 50-day moving average of $101.61 and a 200-day moving average of $101.61.

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About Galapagos NV

Galapagos NV is a Belgium-based biotechnology company. The Company’s activities are divided into two operating divisions: Research and Development (R & D) and Services. The R & D division is engaged in the discovery and development of small molecules. The Services division, offers target-to-drug discovery products and services to pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and to patient foundations, encompassing target discovery and validation, screening and drug discovery through to delivery of pre-clinical candidates.

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