Short Interest in Transenterix Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:TRXC) Increases By 4.6%

Transenterix Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:TRXC) was the recipient of a significant increase in short interest in December. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 15,231,489 shares, an increase of 4.6% from the December 15th total of 14,554,764 shares. Approximately 10.4% of the company’s stock are sold short. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 2,743,340 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 5.6 days.

In related news, CFO Joseph P. Slattery sold 333,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, November 14th. The shares were sold at an average price of $2.93, for a total transaction of $975,690.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now directly owns 440,974 shares in the company, valued at $1,292,053.82. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, CFO Joseph P. Slattery sold 529,609 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Thursday, November 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.80, for a total transaction of $1,482,905.20. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 440,974 shares in the company, valued at $1,234,727.20. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

A hedge fund recently raised its stake in Transenterix stock. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Transenterix Inc (NYSEAMERICAN:TRXC) by 87.8% in the 3rd quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 79,150 shares of the medical instruments supplier’s stock after buying an additional 37,000 shares during the quarter. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. owned about 0.05% of Transenterix worth $113,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Several equities research analysts recently weighed in on the stock. Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services set a $5.00 price objective on shares of Transenterix and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, October 20th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $4.00 target price (up previously from $3.75) on shares of Transenterix in a report on Monday, October 30th. BTIG Research reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of Transenterix in a research note on Monday, December 18th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded Transenterix from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 11th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and two have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Transenterix currently has an average rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $2.61.

Shares of Transenterix (NYSEAMERICAN TRXC) opened at $1.65 on Friday. The firm has a market cap of $346.68, a P/E ratio of -2.66 and a beta of 2.02. Transenterix has a 52-week low of $0.45 and a 52-week high of $5.00.

Transenterix (NYSEAMERICAN:TRXC) last released its earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The medical instruments supplier reported ($0.09) earnings per share for the quarter, meeting analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.09). Transenterix had a negative net margin of 21,045.36% and a negative return on equity of 137.69%.

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About Transenterix

TransEnterix, Inc is a medical device company. The Company is focused on the development and commercialization of ALF-X Surgical Robotic System (the ALF-X System), and SurgiBot System. The Company’s ALF-X System is a multi-port robotic surgery system, which allows multiple robotic arms to control instruments and a camera.

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