AveXis (AVXS) Rating Reiterated by BMO Capital Markets

BMO Capital Markets reissued their buy rating on shares of AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) in a report published on Monday.

Other equities analysts have also issued research reports about the company. Zacks Investment Research raised AveXis from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $112.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Jefferies Group upped their price objective on AveXis to $118.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Thursday, October 12th. Goldman Sachs Group reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $130.00 price objective on shares of AveXis in a research note on Friday, October 6th. UBS Group reaffirmed a buy rating and issued a $122.00 price objective (up previously from $95.00) on shares of AveXis in a research note on Tuesday, October 3rd. Finally, Citigroup upped their price objective on AveXis from $100.00 to $116.00 and gave the stock a buy rating in a research note on Monday, October 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and thirteen have given a buy rating to the company. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $111.67.

AveXis (NASDAQ AVXS) traded up $5.53 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $111.85. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 332,490 shares, compared to its average volume of 384,900. AveXis has a twelve month low of $50.56 and a twelve month high of $116.15. The company has a market capitalization of $3,580.00 and a price-to-earnings ratio of -20.04.

AveXis (NASDAQ:AVXS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, November 9th. The company reported ($1.52) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($1.48) by ($0.04). During the same quarter last year, the company earned ($0.87) earnings per share. research analysts forecast that AveXis will post -6.23 EPS for the current year.

In related news, insider Brian K. Kaspar sold 15,000 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on 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 completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 1,808,386 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $198,470,363.50. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this link. Also, VP Sukumar Nagendran sold 1,780 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $101.26, for a total value of $180,242.80. Following the transaction, the vice president now directly owns 1,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $180,242.80. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 52,340 shares of company stock valued at $5,318,845. 18.60% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. FMR LLC boosted its stake in AveXis by 13.1% during the second quarter. FMR LLC now owns 4,705,433 shares of the company’s stock valued at $386,598,000 after buying an additional 544,475 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. boosted its stake in AveXis by 34.7% during the second quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 2,301,229 shares of the company’s stock valued at $189,069,000 after buying an additional 592,843 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in AveXis by 31.8% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,575,205 shares of the company’s stock valued at $129,419,000 after buying an additional 380,396 shares during the last quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC boosted its stake in AveXis by 52.2% during the third quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 1,027,221 shares of the company’s stock valued at $99,363,000 after buying an additional 352,456 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp boosted its stake in AveXis by 104.2% during the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,000,001 shares of the company’s stock valued at $82,163,000 after buying an additional 510,189 shares during the last quarter. 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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