ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (ZIOP) Given Consensus Rating of “Hold” by Brokerages

Shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP) have earned an average rating of “Hold” from the seven brokerages that are presently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12-month price target among brokers that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $12.75.

Several brokerages have recently commented on ZIOP. ValuEngine cut shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, September 15th. HC Wainwright set a $10.00 price target on shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Thursday, December 14th. Raymond James Financial reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology in a report on Monday, December 11th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $5.25 price target on the stock in a report on Friday, November 10th.

Shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP) opened at $4.14 on Friday. ZIOPHARM Oncology has a 12 month low of $3.90 and a 12 month high of $7.88. The firm has a market cap of $572.11, a PE ratio of -7.96 and a beta of 1.45.

ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP) last issued its earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.13) EPS for the quarter, meeting the consensus estimate of ($0.13). The firm had revenue of $1.60 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.66 million. ZIOPHARM Oncology’s quarterly revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm posted ($0.11) earnings per share. equities research analysts expect that ZIOPHARM Oncology will post -0.54 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CEO Laurence James Neil Cooper bought 6,440 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were bought at an average price of $4.68 per share, for a total transaction of $30,139.20. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 1,083,731 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $5,071,861.08. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. 10.40% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. Chevy Chase Trust Holdings Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology in the third quarter valued at about $104,000. Amalgamated Bank grew its position in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 12.9% during the second quarter. Amalgamated Bank now owns 16,807 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $105,000 after buying an additional 1,924 shares during the period. BB&T Securities LLC bought a new position in ZIOPHARM Oncology during the second quarter valued at about $112,000. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. grew its position in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 50.0% during the second quarter. Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. now owns 18,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $112,000 after buying an additional 6,000 shares during the period. Finally, Adell Harriman & Carpenter Inc. bought a new position in ZIOPHARM Oncology during the third quarter valued at about $141,000. Institutional investors own 40.23% of the company’s stock.

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ZIOPHARM Oncology Company Profile

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company, which is seeking to develop, acquire and commercialize, on its own or with partners, a portfolio of cancer therapies that address unmet medical needs. The Company is focused on developing products in immuno-oncology that employ gene expression, control and cell technologies to deliver cell- and viral-based therapies for the treatment of cancer and graft-versus-host-disease.

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