Regulus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:RGLS) Rating Increased to Buy at Zacks Investment Research

Regulus Therapeutics (NASDAQ:RGLS) was upgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a report released on Thursday, January 4th. The firm presently has a $1.25 target price on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Zacks Investment Research‘s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 1.63% from the stock’s previous close.

According to Zacks, “Regulus Therapeutics Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing drugs that target microRNAs, called microRNA therapeutics. The Company’s products aim to treat or prevent hepatitis C infections, cardiovascular disease, fibrosis, oncology, immuno-inflammatory diseases, and metabolic diseases. Regulus Therapeutics Inc. is based in La Jolla, California. “

Several other research firms have also recently commented on RGLS. Wedbush restated an “outperform” rating and set a $4.00 price target on shares of Regulus Therapeutics in a report on Monday, December 11th. Needham & Company LLC restated a “hold” rating on shares of Regulus Therapeutics in a report on Tuesday, November 14th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. Regulus Therapeutics has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average target price of $2.46.

Shares of Regulus Therapeutics (NASDAQ RGLS) traded up $0.02 on Thursday, hitting $1.23. 586,224 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 710,143. Regulus Therapeutics has a one year low of $0.79 and a one year high of $2.60. The firm has a market capitalization of $127.86, a PE ratio of -0.92 and a beta of 1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41, a quick ratio of 6.77 and a current ratio of 6.77.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. NEA Management Company LLC acquired a new position in Regulus Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter worth approximately $13,737,000. FMR LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Regulus Therapeutics by 0.5% in the 2nd quarter. FMR LLC now owns 7,977,349 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $7,862,000 after purchasing an additional 37,489 shares in the last quarter. EcoR1 Capital LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Regulus Therapeutics by 145.6% in the 2nd quarter. EcoR1 Capital LLC now owns 3,709,144 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $3,656,000 after purchasing an additional 2,199,144 shares in the last quarter. South Dakota Investment Council boosted its holdings in shares of Regulus Therapeutics by 37.1% in the 3rd quarter. South Dakota Investment Council now owns 1,820,027 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $2,275,000 after purchasing an additional 492,969 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Candriam Luxembourg S.C.A. purchased a new position in shares of Regulus Therapeutics in the 3rd quarter worth about $750,000. 59.39% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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About Regulus Therapeutics

Regulus Therapeutics Inc is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing drugs that target microRNAs to treat a range of diseases. The Company uses its microRNA product platform to develop chemically modified, single-stranded oligonucleotides that the Company calls anti-miRs to modulate microRNAs and return diseased cells to their healthy state.

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