Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:NBIX) – Stock analysts at Leerink Swann raised their FY2017 earnings per share (EPS) estimates for Neurocrine Biosciences in a research note issued on Sunday, according to Zacks Investment Research. Leerink Swann analyst P. Matteis now expects that the company will earn ($1.47) per share for the year, up from their prior forecast of ($1.67). Leerink Swann has a “Outperform” rating and a $83.00 price objective on the stock. Leerink Swann also issued estimates for Neurocrine Biosciences’ Q4 2017 earnings at $0.22 EPS, Q1 2018 earnings at ($0.07) EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at $0.03 EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at $0.31 EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at $0.18 EPS, FY2018 earnings at $0.46 EPS and FY2019 earnings at $2.04 EPS.
Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on the company. Jefferies Group upped their target price on Neurocrine Biosciences to $105.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. BMO Capital Markets upped their target price on Neurocrine Biosciences from $83.00 to $109.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Oppenheimer set a $85.00 target price on Neurocrine Biosciences and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, December 12th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $86.00 target price on shares of Neurocrine Biosciences in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. Finally, Barclays upped their target price on Neurocrine Biosciences from $75.00 to $85.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a report on Thursday, November 2nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating, sixteen have assigned a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. Neurocrine Biosciences currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $82.31.
Neurocrine Biosciences (NASDAQ:NBIX) traded down $2.69 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $83.33. The stock had a trading volume of 776,214 shares, compared to its average volume of 999,530. The company has a market capitalization of $7,370.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -37.54, a PEG ratio of 14.17 and a beta of 0.26. The company has a current ratio of 14.38, a quick ratio of 14.37 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.05. Neurocrine Biosciences has a 52 week low of $39.21 and a 52 week high of $91.82.
Neurocrine Biosciences (NASDAQ:NBIX) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported ($0.13) EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.49) by $0.36. The company had revenue of $60.77 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $29.38 million. During the same period in the prior year, the firm posted ($0.43) earnings per share.
In related news, insider Darin Lippoldt sold 9,900 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $73.05, for a total value of $723,195.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Gary A. Lyons sold 10,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $72.92, for a total value of $729,200.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 272,066 shares in the company, valued at approximately $19,839,052.72. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders sold 106,462 shares of company stock worth $8,104,607. 4.80% of the stock is owned by company insiders.
Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. CIBC Asset Management Inc purchased a new stake in shares of Neurocrine Biosciences during the fourth quarter worth $230,000. Rockefeller Financial Services Inc. purchased a new stake in shares of Neurocrine Biosciences during the fourth quarter worth $285,000. Aperio Group LLC lifted its position in shares of Neurocrine Biosciences by 13.9% during the fourth quarter. Aperio Group LLC now owns 24,967 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,937,000 after acquiring an additional 3,055 shares in the last quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank lifted its position in shares of Neurocrine Biosciences by 25.5% during the fourth quarter. Zurcher Kantonalbank Zurich Cantonalbank now owns 5,904 shares of the company’s stock worth $458,000 after acquiring an additional 1,200 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Dupont Capital Management Corp lifted its position in shares of Neurocrine Biosciences by 32.4% during the fourth quarter. Dupont Capital Management Corp now owns 95,963 shares of the company’s stock worth $7,446,000 after acquiring an additional 23,466 shares in the last quarter.
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About Neurocrine Biosciences
Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc is engaged in discovering and developing pharmaceuticals, in diseases with unmet medical needs, through its research and development (R&D) platform, focused on neurological and endocrine based diseases and disorders. Its three lead late-stage clinical programs are elagolix, which is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist for endometriosis and uterine fibroids; INGREZZA (valbenazine), which is a vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) inhibitor, for the treatment of movement disorders, and opicapone, which is a selective catechol-O-methyltransferase inhibitor that is an adjunct therapy to preparations of levodopa/Dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) decarboxylase inhibitors for adult patients with Parkinson’s disease.
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