Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ONCE) Short Interest Up 30.0% in December

Spark Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ONCE) was the recipient of a large increase in short interest in December. As of December 29th, there was short interest totalling 4,833,489 shares, an increase of 30.0% from the December 15th total of 3,717,704 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 1,258,947 shares, the short-interest ratio is currently 3.8 days. Approximately 15.1% of the shares of the company are sold short.

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ ONCE) opened at $50.55 on Friday. Spark Therapeutics has a fifty-two week low of $41.06 and a fifty-two week high of $91.75. The company has a market capitalization of $1,906.89, a P/E ratio of -7.00 and a beta of 3.14.

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The biotechnology company reported ($1.90) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.79) by ($0.11). Spark Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 1,090.11% and a negative return on equity of 60.01%. The firm had revenue of $1.90 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.40 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company earned ($1.07) EPS. Spark Therapeutics’s revenue was up 45.8% compared to the same quarter last year. research analysts anticipate that Spark Therapeutics will post -7.55 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, CEO Jeffrey D. Marrazzo sold 20,000 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.54, for a total value of $1,430,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 250,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $17,885,000. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, insider Katherine A. High sold 5,000 shares of Spark Therapeutics stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $83.30, for a total value of $416,500.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 215,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $17,909,500. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last ninety days, insiders have sold 56,309 shares of company stock worth $4,141,385. Insiders own 7.30% of the company’s stock.

Several large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. increased its holdings in shares of Spark Therapeutics by 3.2% in the second quarter. Cornerstone Capital Management Holdings LLC. now owns 11,089 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $662,000 after purchasing an additional 342 shares during the last quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. increased its stake in Spark Therapeutics by 23.6% during the second quarter. Ameritas Investment Partners Inc. now owns 2,040 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $122,000 after acquiring an additional 389 shares during the last quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its stake in Spark Therapeutics by 2.1% during the second quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 39,100 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $2,336,000 after acquiring an additional 800 shares during the last quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can increased its stake in Spark Therapeutics by 47.3% during the third quarter. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can now owns 3,939 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $351,000 after acquiring an additional 1,264 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Legal & General Group Plc increased its stake in Spark Therapeutics by 16.8% during the second quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 8,931 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $532,000 after acquiring an additional 1,286 shares during the last quarter. 94.91% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Several equities research analysts have weighed in on ONCE shares. Goldman Sachs Group reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $111.00 target price on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a report on Friday, October 6th. BMO Capital Markets set a $89.00 price target on Spark Therapeutics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Cowen reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $95.00 price target on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research report on Tuesday, October 10th. Barclays boosted their price target on Spark Therapeutics from $104.00 to $107.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Finally, Cantor Fitzgerald reduced their target price on Spark Therapeutics from $105.00 to $94.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Three analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, four have given a hold rating and sixteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $74.45.

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About Spark Therapeutics

Spark Therapeutics, Inc is a gene therapy company. The Company focuses on treating orphan diseases. It has a pipeline of product candidates targeting multiple rare blinding conditions, hematologic disorders and neurodegenerative diseases. Its pipeline includes a product candidate targeting choroideremia (CHM), which is in a Phase I/II clinical trial and a product candidate for hemophilia A, which is in a Phase I/II clinical trial.

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