Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) posted its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday. The biotechnology company reported ($1.73) earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($1.73), Morningstar.com reports. Spark Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 1,090.11% and a negative return on equity of 60.01%. The firm had revenue of $7.41 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.53 million.
Shares of Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) traded down $4.27 during midday trading on Wednesday, reaching $50.23. 1,442,600 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 751,940. The firm has a market cap of $2,016.80, a P/E ratio of -7.03 and a beta of 3.02. Spark Therapeutics has a 1-year low of $41.06 and a 1-year high of $91.75.
ONCE has been the topic of a number of recent research reports. SunTrust Banks lifted their price target on shares of Spark Therapeutics to $113.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 4th. Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Wednesday, January 17th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $61.00 target price on the stock. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $105.00 target price on shares of Spark Therapeutics and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Tuesday, December 19th. ValuEngine downgraded shares of Spark Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Friday, February 2nd. Finally, Raymond James Financial restated a “buy” rating and issued a $75.00 target price on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Thursday, December 7th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and seventeen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $69.88.
A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of ONCE. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. lifted its position in Spark Therapeutics by 23.6% during the 2nd quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 2,040 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $122,000 after buying an additional 389 shares in the last quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC acquired a new position in Spark Therapeutics during the 2nd quarter worth about $143,000. Public Employees Retirement Association of Colorado acquired a new position in Spark Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth about $163,000. Aperio Group LLC lifted its position in Spark Therapeutics by 29.2% during the 4th quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 3,972 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $204,000 after buying an additional 898 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new stake in Spark Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter worth about $225,000.
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About Spark Therapeutics
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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