Roth ups Viking Therapeutics PT to $13

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Roth Capital Partners hiked its price target for Viking Therapeutics (NASDAQ:VKTX) to $13 from $7.50, saying Viking is the beneficiary of competitive data that validates its VK2809 drug candidate. The stock closed at $9.73 on June 1.

On May 31, Madrigal Pharmaceuticals reported positive clinical data for MGL-3196 for the treatment of non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH). “This was relevant to Viking as the company has a similar thyroid hormone receptor β-selective agonist known as VK2809,” writes analyst Scott Henry.

Madrigal’s data appear to validate the class of THR β-selective agonist compounds, he added.
Mr. Henry figures Viking completes enrollment for its Phase 2 trial to treat NAFLD/hypercholesterolemia in June 2018. “Factoring in a 12-week follow-up and time to slice the data would target a readout in about October 2018. This is in-line with prior expectations,” he added.

Stephen Kilmer