AveXis (AVXS) Earns Outperform Rating from Analysts at Credit Suisse Group

Credit Suisse Group began coverage on shares of AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) in a report released on Wednesday, Marketbeat reports. The brokerage issued an outperform rating and a $134.00 price objective on the stock.

A number of other research firms have also recently issued reports on AVXS. Canaccord Genuity set a $110.00 target price on AveXis and gave the company a hold rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Zacks Investment Research raised AveXis from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note on Tuesday, January 9th. Citigroup boosted their target price on AveXis from $100.00 to $116.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Morgan Stanley set a $120.00 target price on AveXis and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Chardan Capital reissued a buy rating and issued a $135.00 target price on shares of AveXis in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Three 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’s stock. AveXis has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $113.89.

Shares of AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) opened at $108.25 on Wednesday. AveXis has a 52 week low of $50.56 and a 52 week high of $119.00.

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

In other news, VP Sukumar Nagendran sold 1,780 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $101.26, for a total transaction of $180,242.80. Following the completion of the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $180,242.80. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link. Also, VP Andrew F. Knudten sold 2,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $94.48, for a total value of $188,960.00. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 7,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $661,360. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 57,340 shares of company stock valued at $5,851,445 over the last ninety days. 18.60% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Several hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of AVXS. Strs Ohio acquired a new position in shares of AveXis during the third quarter worth about $116,000. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. boosted its position 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 during the period. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC boosted its position 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 during the period. Teacher Retirement System of Texas acquired a new position in shares of AveXis during the third quarter worth about $200,000. Finally, Deschutes Portfolio Strategy LLC acquired a new position in shares of AveXis during the third quarter worth about $203,000. 92.88% 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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