Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (ONCE) Earns “Buy” Rating from Royal Bank Of Canada

Royal Bank Of Canada restated their buy rating on shares of Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCE) in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday morning.

A number of other analysts also recently issued reports on ONCE. William Blair initiated coverage on Spark Therapeutics in a research report on Wednesday, June 28th. They set an outperform rating for the company. Jefferies Group LLC initiated coverage on Spark Therapeutics in a research report on Monday, July 10th. They set a buy rating and a $85.00 price target for the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Spark Therapeutics from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Wednesday, July 12th. ValuEngine downgraded Spark Therapeutics from a hold rating to a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, July 13th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald set a $94.00 price target on Spark Therapeutics and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, July 17th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and eighteen have given a buy rating to the company. Spark Therapeutics presently has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $90.47.

Shares of Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) traded up 4.91% on Wednesday, reaching $84.97. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 460,780 shares. The stock’s market cap is $3.11 billion. Spark Therapeutics has a 12 month low of $35.07 and a 12 month high of $91.75. The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $85.11 and its 200-day moving average price is $85.11.

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, August 2nd. The biotechnology company reported ($1.89) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($1.75) by ($0.14). The business had revenue of $1.48 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.33 million. Spark Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 962.72% and a negative return on equity of 59.74%. The business’s revenue was up 14.7% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the business posted ($1.04) EPS. On average, analysts forecast that Spark Therapeutics will post ($7.59) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In other Spark Therapeutics news, insider Katherine A. High sold 5,000 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 26th. The stock was sold at an average price of $86.16, for a total value of $430,800.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 215,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $18,524,400. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, CFO Stephen W. Webster sold 2,337 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, July 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.12, for a total value of $166,207.44. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 4,837 shares in the company, valued at $344,007.44. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 1,121,837 shares of company stock worth $94,360,267 over the last ninety days. Insiders own 7.30% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its stake in Spark Therapeutics by 23.6% in the 2nd quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 2,040 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $122,000 after purchasing an additional 389 shares during the period. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC purchased a new position in Spark Therapeutics in the 2nd quarter worth approximately $143,000. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA increased its stake in Spark Therapeutics by 530.1% in the 2nd quarter. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA now owns 2,911 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $174,000 after purchasing an additional 2,449 shares during the period. Pacad Investment Ltd. increased its stake in Spark Therapeutics by 75.0% in the 2nd quarter. Pacad Investment Ltd. now owns 3,500 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $209,000 after purchasing an additional 1,500 shares during the period. Finally, Highbridge Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Spark Therapeutics in the 1st quarter worth approximately $227,000. 77.29% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Spark Therapeutics Company Profile

Spark Therapeutics, Inc is a gene therapy company. The Company focuses on treating orphan diseases. It has a pipeline of product candidates targeting multiple rare blinding conditions, hematologic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Its pipeline includes a product candidate targeting choroideremia (CHM), which is in a Phase I/II clinical trial and a product candidate for hemophilia A, which is in a Phase I/II clinical trial.

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