Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS) Upgraded to “Buy” at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Regulus Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:RGLS) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Wednesday, July 12th. The firm currently has $1.00 price objective on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock.

According to Zacks, “Regulus Therapeutics Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing drugs that target microRNAs, called microRNA therapeutics. The Company’s products aim to treat or prevent hepatitis C infections, cardiovascular disease, fibrosis, oncology, immuno-inflammatory diseases, and metabolic diseases. Regulus Therapeutics Inc. is based in La Jolla, California. “

A number of other brokerages also recently issued reports on RGLS. Wedbush reiterated an outperform rating and set a $6.00 price objective on shares of Regulus Therapeutics in a research note on Wednesday, March 29th. ValuEngine downgraded Regulus Therapeutics from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. BMO Capital Markets restated a hold rating on shares of Regulus Therapeutics in a research note on Monday, May 15th. Finally, Chardan Capital dropped their price target on Regulus Therapeutics from $5.00 to $2.50 and set a buy rating for the company in a research note on Tuesday, June 13th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the stock. Regulus Therapeutics has an average rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $3.58.

Regulus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:RGLS) traded up 2.7815% during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $0.9201. 357,958 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $0.99 and its 200 day moving average price is $1.29. The firm’s market cap is $95.49 million. Regulus Therapeutics has a 1-year low of $0.85 and a 1-year high of $3.68.

Regulus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:RGLS) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, August 1st. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.41) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.31) by $0.10. The company had revenue of $0.02 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $0.02 million. Regulus Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 31,460.47% and a negative return on equity of 173.20%. Equities research analysts anticipate that Regulus Therapeutics will post ($1.10) EPS for the current year.

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In other news, Director William H. Rastetter acquired 274,725 shares of Regulus Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, July 25th. The stock was purchased at an average cost of $0.91 per share, for a total transaction of $249,999.75. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Joseph P. Hagan purchased 219,780 shares of Regulus Therapeutics stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 25th. The shares were bought at an average price of $0.91 per share, with a total value of $199,999.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 241,297 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $219,580.27. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders acquired 549,450 shares of company stock valued at $500,000. 4.80% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Quantitative Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in Regulus Therapeutics during the second quarter valued at about $103,000. Tudor Investment Corp Et Al bought a new position in Regulus Therapeutics during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $105,000. GSA Capital Partners LLP bought a new position in Regulus Therapeutics during the second quarter valued at approximately $139,000. Teachers Advisors LLC boosted its position in Regulus Therapeutics by 15.7% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 72,273 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $163,000 after buying an additional 9,804 shares during the last quarter. Finally, LMR Partners LLP bought a new position in Regulus Therapeutics during the second quarter valued at approximately $164,000. Institutional investors own 21.09% of the company’s stock.

About Regulus Therapeutics

Regulus Therapeutics Inc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing drugs that target microRNAs to treat a range of diseases. The Company uses its microRNA product platform to develop chemically modified, single-stranded oligonucleotides that the Company calls anti-miRs to modulate microRNAs and return diseased cells to their healthy state.

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