Jefferies Group LLC Begins Coverage on Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (ONCE)

Jefferies Group LLC started coverage on shares of Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCE) in a research report released on Monday, July 10th, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage issued a buy rating and a $85.00 price objective on the biotechnology company’s stock. Jefferies Group also issued estimates for Spark Therapeutics’ Q2 2017 earnings at ($1.74) EPS, Q3 2017 earnings at ($1.78) EPS, Q4 2017 earnings at ($1.18) EPS, FY2017 earnings at ($6.39) EPS and FY2018 earnings at ($5.90) EPS.

Several other equities research analysts also recently weighed in on ONCE. UBS AG started coverage on Spark Therapeutics in a report on Wednesday, March 29th. They issued a buy rating and a $70.00 price target on the stock. BMO Capital Markets reiterated an outperform rating and issued a $69.00 price target on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a report on Friday, April 7th. Stifel Nicolaus restated a buy rating and set a $76.00 price objective on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a report on Monday, April 10th. Cantor Fitzgerald set a $94.00 price objective on Spark Therapeutics and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, May 9th. Finally, Wedbush restated an underperform rating and set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a report on Wednesday, May 10th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and twelve have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $82.27.

Spark Therapeutics (ONCE) traded up 0.19% during trading on Monday, hitting $78.78. 823,813 shares of the company traded hands. The stock has a 50-day moving average price of $64.99 and a 200-day moving average price of $59.11. Spark Therapeutics has a 12-month low of $35.07 and a 12-month high of $80.89. The firm’s market capitalization is $2.44 billion.

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, August 2nd. The biotechnology company reported ($1.89) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.75) by $0.14. Spark Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 962.72% and a negative return on equity of 59.74%. The company had revenue of $1.48 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.33 million. During the same quarter last year, the company earned ($1.04) earnings per share. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 14.7% on a year-over-year basis. Equities analysts expect that Spark Therapeutics will post ($7.35) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other Spark Therapeutics news, Director Anand Mehra sold 6,302 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, June 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.00, for a total transaction of $409,630.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Jeffrey D. Marrazzo sold 28,650 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, August 2nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $80.01, for a total value of $2,292,286.50. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 258,650 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $20,694,586.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 314,310 shares of company stock valued at $21,866,838. 7.30% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in ONCE. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in Spark Therapeutics during the fourth quarter worth $883,000. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System raised its position in shares of Spark Therapeutics by 4.1% in the fourth quarter. State Board of Administration of Florida Retirement System now owns 8,204 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $409,000 after buying an additional 320 shares in the last quarter. State Street Corp raised its position in shares of Spark Therapeutics by 12.4% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 902,606 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $45,044,000 after buying an additional 99,792 shares in the last quarter. Guggenheim Capital LLC acquired a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics during the fourth quarter valued at $2,413,000. Finally, Norges Bank acquired a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics during the fourth quarter valued at $8,232,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 88.95% of the company’s stock.

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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