Aytu Bioscience (NASDAQ:AYTU) Shares Gap Up to $1.66

Aytu Bioscience Inc (NASDAQ:AYTU)’s stock price gapped up prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $1.67, but opened at $1.66. Aytu Bioscience shares last traded at $1.54, with a volume of 258,727 shares trading hands.

Several brokerages recently commented on AYTU. ValuEngine raised shares of Aytu Bioscience from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, April 2nd. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Aytu Bioscience from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $1.50 price objective for the company in a research note on Monday, April 20th. Finally, HC Wainwright assumed coverage on shares of Aytu Bioscience in a research note on Friday, May 29th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $3.00 price objective for the company.

The company’s 50 day moving average price is $1.52 and its 200-day moving average price is $1.19. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.10, a quick ratio of 1.89 and a current ratio of 1.98.

Aytu Bioscience (NASDAQ:AYTU) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 14th. The company reported ($0.15) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.22) by $0.07. Aytu Bioscience had a negative net margin of 172.62% and a negative return on equity of 107.69%. The business had revenue of $8.16 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.00 million. On average, sell-side analysts forecast that Aytu Bioscience Inc will post -0.12 EPS for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in AYTU. HighTower Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Aytu Bioscience during the first quarter worth about $25,000. HCR Wealth Advisors purchased a new position in Aytu Bioscience during the first quarter worth about $30,000. BlackRock Inc. boosted its holdings in Aytu Bioscience by 38.5% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 31,289 shares of the company’s stock worth $47,000 after purchasing an additional 8,699 shares during the last quarter. ETRADE Capital Management LLC purchased a new position in Aytu Bioscience during the first quarter worth about $111,000. Finally, Soleus Capital Management L.P. purchased a new position in Aytu Bioscience during the first quarter worth about $209,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 1.68% of the company’s stock.

Aytu Bioscience Company Profile (NASDAQ:AYTU)

Aytu BioScience, Inc, a specialty healthcare company, focuses on developing and commercializing novel products in the field of hypogonadism (low testosterone), insomnia, and male infertility in the United States and internationally. The company markets Natesto, a nasal gel for the treatment of hypogonadism (low testosterone) in men; and ZolpiMist, an oral spray for the treatment of insomnia.

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