Five Prime Therapeutics Inc (FPRX) Receives Average Recommendation of “Hold” from Analysts

Shares of Five Prime Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:FPRX) have received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the seven analysts that are covering the company, MarketBeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell recommendation, one has given a hold recommendation and four have given a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month target price among brokerages that have issued ratings on the stock in the last year is $46.75.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on FPRX shares. BidaskClub lowered Five Prime Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 17th. Zacks Investment Research lowered Five Prime Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, March 2nd. ValuEngine raised Five Prime Therapeutics from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, April 2nd. Nomura decreased their price target on Five Prime Therapeutics from $94.00 to $25.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th. Finally, BMO Capital Markets decreased their price target on Five Prime Therapeutics from $75.00 to $60.00 and set an “outperform” rating for the company in a research note on Wednesday, February 28th.

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FPRX stock traded down $0.47 on Wednesday, reaching $16.88. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 191,945 shares, compared to its average volume of 547,441. Five Prime Therapeutics has a 52 week low of $15.66 and a 52 week high of $48.87. The firm has a market capitalization of $599.08, a price-to-earnings ratio of -3.14 and a beta of 3.42.

Five Prime Therapeutics (NASDAQ:FPRX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 27th. The biotechnology company reported ($1.04) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.29) by $0.25. The firm had revenue of $13.22 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $9.86 million. Five Prime Therapeutics had a negative return on equity of 48.79% and a negative net margin of 380.23%. sell-side analysts forecast that Five Prime Therapeutics will post -4.98 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Teacher Retirement System of Texas bought a new stake in shares of Five Prime Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth $221,000. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Five Prime Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth $294,000. Virtus Fund Advisers LLC bought a new stake in shares of Five Prime Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth $381,000. Fox Run Management L.L.C. bought a new stake in shares of Five Prime Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth $386,000. Finally, Franklin Street Advisors Inc. NC bought a new stake in shares of Five Prime Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth $548,000. 74.34% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Five Prime Therapeutics Company Profile

Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc is a clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing protein therapeutics. The Company’s product candidates include Cabiralizumab (FPA008), which is an antibody that inhibits colony stimulating factor-1 receptor, that it is studying in clinical trials as a monotherapy in pigmented villonodular synovitis, and in multiple cancers in combination with programmed-death 1 immune checkpoint inhibitor, Opdivo; FPA144, which is an antibody that inhibits fibroblast growth factor receptor 2b, that it is initially developing to treat patients with gastric (stomach) cancer and is in a Phase I clinical trial, and FP-1039, which is a fusion protein that traps and neutralizes cancer-promoting fibroblast growth factors, involved in cancer cell proliferation and new blood vessel formation and is in Phase Ib clinical development to treat patients with malignant pleural mesothelioma.

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