Royal Bank of Canada Reiterates Hold Rating for AveXis (AVXS)

AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS)‘s stock had its “hold” rating reissued by stock analysts at Royal Bank of Canada in a research report issued on Tuesday, January 9th. They currently have a $92.00 price target on the stock. Royal Bank of Canada’s price objective would indicate a potential downside of 25.64% from the stock’s current price.

Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. Citigroup set a $132.00 target price on shares of AveXis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Chardan Capital restated a “buy” rating and set a $135.00 price objective on shares of AveXis in a report on Friday, January 5th. UBS Group set a $122.00 price objective on shares of AveXis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. BMO Capital Markets reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $123.00 target price on shares of AveXis in a research report on Saturday, September 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $120.00 target price on shares of AveXis and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, January 5th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $113.89.

AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) opened at $123.73 on Tuesday. AveXis has a 52 week low of $52.40 and a 52 week high of $128.00.

AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) last issued 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 quarter in the prior year, the business earned ($0.87) EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that AveXis will post -6.23 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In related news, VP James J. Litalien sold 5,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $106.52, for a total transaction of $532,600.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, insider Brian K. Kaspar sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $109.75, for a total transaction of $1,646,250.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 1,808,386 shares in the company, valued at $198,470,363.50. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 40,560 shares of company stock worth $4,152,752. 18.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of AVXS. Janus Henderson Group PLC acquired a new stake in AveXis during the 2nd quarter worth approximately $55,439,000. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in AveXis by 34.7% during the 2nd quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,301,229 shares of the company’s stock worth $189,069,000 after buying an additional 592,843 shares during the period. Alliancebernstein L.P. boosted its position in AveXis by 4,448.8% during the 2nd quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 564,966 shares of the company’s stock worth $46,418,000 after buying an additional 552,546 shares during the period. FMR LLC boosted its position in AveXis by 13.1% during the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,705,433 shares of the company’s stock worth $386,598,000 after buying an additional 544,475 shares during the period. Finally, State Street Corp boosted its position in AveXis by 104.2% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,000,001 shares of the company’s stock worth $82,163,000 after buying an additional 510,189 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 82.77% of the company’s stock.

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About AveXis

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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