AveXis’ (NASDAQ:AVXS) Buy Rating Reiterated at BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) in a research note released on Monday, January 8th.

Several other research firms also recently commented on AVXS. Royal Bank of Canada began coverage on AveXis in a report on Thursday, September 14th. They issued a sector perform rating and a $92.00 price objective for the company. Wells Fargo & Co reiterated an outperform rating on shares of AveXis in a research report on Friday, September 29th. Citigroup raised their price target on AveXis from $100.00 to $116.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Monday, October 2nd. UBS Group reiterated a buy rating and issued a $122.00 target price (up previously from $95.00) on shares of AveXis in a research report on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group reissued a buy rating and set a $130.00 price target on shares of AveXis in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and fourteen have given a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $113.89.

AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) traded down $2.36 during trading on Monday, reaching $122.19. 168,460 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 766,688. The firm has a market cap of $4,414.96, a P/E ratio of -22.32 and a beta of 2.46. AveXis has a 52 week low of $52.40 and a 52 week high of $128.00.

AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported ($1.52) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.48) by ($0.04). During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.87) earnings per share. analysts forecast that AveXis will post -6.23 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, VP Andrew F. Knudten sold 2,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.48, for a total transaction of $188,960.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 7,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $661,360. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, VP Sukumar Nagendran sold 1,780 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.77, for a total value of $168,690.60. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 1,780 shares in the company, valued at $168,690.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 40,560 shares of company stock worth $4,152,752 over the last 90 days. Corporate insiders own 18.60% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AVXS. Strs Ohio bought a new position in AveXis during the 3rd quarter valued at approximately $116,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC increased its holdings in shares of AveXis by 688.6% in the 3rd quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 1,806 shares of the company’s stock worth $175,000 after purchasing an additional 1,577 shares in the last quarter. Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new stake in shares of AveXis in the 3rd quarter worth $200,000. Deschutes Portfolio Strategy LLC bought a new stake in shares of AveXis in the 3rd quarter worth $203,000. Finally, Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its holdings in shares of AveXis by 331.0% in the 2nd quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 2,112 shares of the company’s stock worth $174,000 after purchasing an additional 1,622 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.77% of the company’s stock.

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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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