Xencor, Inc. (XNCR) Major Shareholder John S. Stafford III Acquires 50,000 Shares

Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ:XNCR) major shareholder John S. Stafford III purchased 50,000 shares of Xencor stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 2nd. The shares were acquired at an average price of $19.58 per share, for a total transaction of $979,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Large shareholders that own 10% or more of a company’s stock are required to disclose their transactions with the SEC.

Shares of Xencor, Inc. (NASDAQ XNCR) traded up $0.88 during trading on Friday, hitting $20.21. 104,809 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 169,708.

Xencor (NASDAQ:XNCR) last issued its earnings results on Monday, August 7th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.15) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.25) by $0.10. Xencor had a negative net margin of 121.04% and a negative return on equity of 13.79%. The firm had revenue of $13.34 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $8.15 million. equities analysts forecast that Xencor, Inc. will post -1.07 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Equitec Specialists LLC purchased a new stake in Xencor in the second quarter worth $116,000. SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its stake in Xencor by 62.6% in the second quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 8,447 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $178,000 after acquiring an additional 3,252 shares during the period. Principal Financial Group Inc. purchased a new stake in Xencor in the third quarter worth $201,000. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its stake in Xencor by 4.5% in the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 8,978 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $189,000 after acquiring an additional 385 shares during the period. Finally, Citadel Advisors LLC purchased a new stake in Xencor in the second quarter worth $224,000. 76.81% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

A number of research analysts have commented on XNCR shares. ValuEngine cut shares of Xencor from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. Canaccord Genuity set a $36.00 price target on shares of Xencor and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, October 23rd. BidaskClub cut shares of Xencor from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, August 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Xencor from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 11th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Xencor currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $28.00.

Xencor Company Profile

Xencor, Inc is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on discovering and developing engineered monoclonal antibodies to treat severe and life threatening diseases. It has developed two clinical-stage product candidates, using its Immune Inhibitor Fc platform: XmAb5871, which is in two Phase II trials and is being developed for autoimmune disease, and XmAb7195, which is in a Phase I trial and is being developed for asthma and allergic diseases.

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