CRISPR THERAPTC (NASDAQ:CRSP) Shares Up 8% Following Earnings Beat

CRISPR THERAPTC (NASDAQ:CRSP) traded up 8% on Friday after the company announced better than expected quarterly earnings. The stock traded as high as $19.94 and last traded at $19.22, with a volume of 577,867 shares. The stock had previously closed at $17.80.

The company reported ($0.56) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.62) by $0.06. CRISPR THERAPTC had a negative return on equity of 53.86% and a negative net margin of 406.61%. The firm had revenue of $3.60 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.29 million. CRISPR THERAPTC’s revenue was up 350.0% compared to the same quarter last year.

Several equities analysts have recently weighed in on the company. Oppenheimer Holdings, Inc. reiterated a “market perform” rating on shares of CRISPR THERAPTC in a report on Tuesday, July 18th. Cann assumed coverage on CRISPR THERAPTC in a report on Monday, July 17th. They set a “market perform” rating for the company. Finally, SunTrust Banks, Inc. started coverage on CRISPR THERAPTC in a report on Thursday, July 13th. They set a “hold” rating and a $16.00 price target for the company. Four analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $21.92.

In related news, Director Kurt Von Emster sold 81,435 shares of CRISPR THERAPTC stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, June 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.08, for a total value of $1,390,909.80. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Rodger Novak sold 30,222 shares of CRISPR THERAPTC stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $15.01, for a total value of $453,632.22. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 1,230,397 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $18,468,258.97. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 543,814 shares of company stock valued at $9,232,047 over the last quarter. 39.98% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

Several large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. IHT Wealth Management LLC purchased a new stake in CRISPR THERAPTC during the first quarter worth about $110,000. Monashee Investment Management LLC increased its stake in CRISPR THERAPTC by 208.7% in the first quarter. Monashee Investment Management LLC now owns 22,186 shares of the company’s stock worth $473,000 after buying an additional 15,000 shares in the last quarter. Paulson & CO. Inc. purchased a new stake in CRISPR THERAPTC during the first quarter worth about $1,099,000. Wellington Management Group LLP increased its stake in CRISPR THERAPTC by 0.4% in the first quarter. Wellington Management Group LLP now owns 747,450 shares of the company’s stock worth $16,272,000 after buying an additional 3,070 shares in the last quarter. Finally, ARK Investment Management LLC purchased a new stake in CRISPR THERAPTC during the second quarter worth about $206,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 24.08% of the company’s stock.

The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $17.08 and its 200-day moving average price is $17.49. The stock’s market capitalization is $768.74 million.

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About CRISPR THERAPTC

Crispr Therapeutics AG is a Switzerland-based gene-editing company. The Company focuses on the development of transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 gene-editing platform. CRISPR/Cas9 can be programmed to cut, edit and correct disease-associated deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in a patient’s cell.

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