BioTime, Inc. (BTX) Given Average Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

BioTime, Inc. (NYSEMKT:BTX) has been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the six research firms that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $5.33.

A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services restated a “buy” rating and set a $6.50 target price (up from $6.00) on shares of BioTime in a research note on Monday, June 19th. ValuEngine raised BioTime from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, June 23rd. BidaskClub cut BioTime from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Monday, July 24th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut BioTime from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, May 23rd.

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In other news, Director Broadwood Partners, L.P. purchased 150,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, July 31st. The shares were bought at an average cost of $2.80 per share, for a total transaction of $420,000.00. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Insiders have acquired 154,000 shares of company stock worth $432,320 over the last 90 days.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in BTX. State Street Corp raised its position in BioTime by 9.3% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,045,826 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $3,775,000 after buying an additional 89,189 shares during the period. Berson & Corrado Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in BioTime by 83.1% in the first quarter. Berson & Corrado Investment Advisors LLC now owns 61,875 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $213,000 after buying an additional 28,075 shares during the period. Jane Street Group LLC raised its position in BioTime by 19.4% in the first quarter. Jane Street Group LLC now owns 92,685 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $320,000 after buying an additional 15,080 shares during the period. Nationwide Fund Advisors raised its position in BioTime by 2.2% in the first quarter. Nationwide Fund Advisors now owns 44,578 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $154,000 after buying an additional 939 shares during the period. Finally, Russell Investments Group Ltd. raised its position in BioTime by 306.7% in the first quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 96,303 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $333,000 after buying an additional 72,624 shares during the period.

Shares of BioTime (NYSEMKT BTX) traded down 1.42% during midday trading on Monday, hitting $2.77. 490,716 shares of the stock were exchanged. The firm has a market capitalization of $307.12 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 4.66 and a beta of 1.37. BioTime has a 1-year low of $2.50 and a 1-year high of $4.01. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $2.99 and its 200-day moving average price is $3.15.

BioTime Company Profile

BioTime, Inc is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on developing and commercializing products addressing degenerative diseases. Its clinical programs are based on two platform technologies: pluripotent stem cells and cell/drug delivery platform technologies. The foundation of its cell delivery platform is its HyStem cell and drug delivery matrix technology.

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