Morgan Stanley Analysts Give AveXis (AVXS) a $120.00 Price Target

Morgan Stanley set a $120.00 price target on AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) in a research note published on Friday, January 5th. The firm currently has a buy rating on the stock.

A number of other equities analysts also recently weighed in on the stock. UBS Group set a $122.00 price target on shares of AveXis and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Citigroup set a $132.00 price target on shares of AveXis and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Canaccord Genuity set a $110.00 price objective on shares of AveXis and gave the stock a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, December 20th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of AveXis from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of AveXis from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, December 1st. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and fourteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $113.89.

Shares of AveXis (AVXS) traded up $4.75 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $113.71. 1,140,000 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 663,285. AveXis has a 52 week low of $52.18 and a 52 week high of $119.00. The firm has a market cap of $3,911.01, a P/E ratio of -20.38 and a beta of 2.46.

AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported ($1.52) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($1.48) by ($0.04). During the same quarter in the prior year, the business earned ($0.87) EPS. equities analysts anticipate that AveXis will post -6.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, VP Sukumar Nagendran sold 1,780 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $101.26, for a total value of $180,242.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now owns 1,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $180,242.80. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, VP James J. Litalien sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, January 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $106.52, for a total transaction of $532,600.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 57,340 shares of company stock valued at $5,851,445 in the last three months. Company insiders own 18.60% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Strs Ohio acquired a new stake in shares of AveXis during the third quarter worth approximately $116,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC increased its holdings in shares of AveXis by 688.6% during the third quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 1,806 shares of the company’s stock worth $175,000 after buying an additional 1,577 shares in the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas acquired a new stake in shares of AveXis during the third quarter worth approximately $200,000. Deschutes Portfolio Strategy LLC acquired a new stake in shares of AveXis during the third quarter worth approximately $203,000. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its holdings in shares of AveXis by 331.0% during the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 2,112 shares of the company’s stock worth $174,000 after buying an additional 1,622 shares in the last quarter. 92.92% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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AveXis Company Profile

AveXis, Inc is a clinical-stage gene therapy company. The Company operates through the developing and commercializing gene therapy treatments for patients suffering from neurological genetic diseases segment. The Company’s product candidate, AVXS-101, is its gene therapy product candidate that is in a Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) Type 1, which is a genetic disorder characterized by motor neuron loss and associated muscle deterioration.

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