NewLink Genetics (NLNK) Sees Unusually-High Trading Volume

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NewLink Genetics Corp (NASDAQ:NLNK) shares saw strong trading volume on Friday . 855,837 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 81% from the previous session’s volume of 471,750 shares.The stock last traded at $1.79 and had previously closed at $1.73.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research downgraded NewLink Genetics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 17th. ValuEngine downgraded NewLink Genetics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday. Robert W. Baird cut their target price on NewLink Genetics from $5.00 to $4.00 and set a “neutral” rating on the stock in a research report on Thursday, February 28th. Finally, Bank of America downgraded NewLink Genetics from a “neutral” rating to an “underperform” rating in a research report on Thursday, January 3rd. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and four have assigned a hold rating to the company’s stock. The stock has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $4.40.

The stock has a market cap of $64.12 million, a PE ratio of -1.24 and a beta of 1.79.

NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, February 27th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.28) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.34) by $0.06. NewLink Genetics had a negative return on equity of 42.86% and a negative net margin of 429.65%. The firm had revenue of $0.20 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $0.38 million. As a group, analysts forecast that NewLink Genetics Corp will post -0.8 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of NLNK. Paloma Partners Management Co purchased a new stake in NewLink Genetics in the fourth quarter valued at $30,000. Pennsylvania Trust Co purchased a new stake in NewLink Genetics in the first quarter valued at $48,000. Virtu Financial LLC purchased a new stake in NewLink Genetics in the first quarter valued at $60,000. Rhumbline Advisers boosted its holdings in NewLink Genetics by 41.4% in the fourth quarter. Rhumbline Advisers now owns 40,387 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $61,000 after purchasing an additional 11,830 shares during the last quarter. Finally, SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in NewLink Genetics in the fourth quarter valued at $83,000. 34.54% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK)

NewLink Genetics Corporation, a late clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, focuses on discovering and developing novel immunotherapeutic products for the treatment of patients with cancer. It is developing Indoximod, an indoleamine-2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) pathway inhibitor that is in clinical development in combination with other cancer therapeutics for patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, pediatric brain tumors, acute myeloid leukemia, and melanoma.

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