Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (INO) Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages

Shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:INO) have earned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the thirteen brokerages that are currently covering the stock, Marketbeat reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, four have given a hold recommendation and eight have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among brokers that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $20.10.

Several research analysts have weighed in on the stock. Maxim Group set a $8.00 price target on shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, April 11th. HC Wainwright set a $13.00 price target on shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, January 12th. BidaskClub raised shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 24th. Royal Bank of Canada increased their price target on shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals from $11.00 to $14.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a report on Thursday, March 15th. Finally, ValuEngine cut shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 1st.

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In other news, CEO Jong Joseph Kim sold 103,750 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, April 12th. The shares were sold at an average price of $5.14, for a total transaction of $533,275.00. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 2,395,557 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $12,313,162.98. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 9.40% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC bought a new position in shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter worth approximately $150,000. Vident Investment Advisory LLC increased its holdings in shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals by 95.3% during the fourth quarter. Vident Investment Advisory LLC now owns 291,713 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,205,000 after purchasing an additional 142,328 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its holdings in shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals by 11.2% during the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 159,972 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $661,000 after purchasing an additional 16,104 shares during the period. Deutsche Bank AG increased its holdings in shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals by 247.7% during the fourth quarter. Deutsche Bank AG now owns 449,708 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,856,000 after purchasing an additional 320,376 shares during the period. Finally, Tocqueville Asset Management L.P. bought a new position in shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals during the fourth quarter worth approximately $218,000. 31.50% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Shares of INO stock traded down $0.16 on Wednesday, reaching $4.90. The stock had a trading volume of 766,950 shares, compared to its average volume of 1,320,553. The stock has a market cap of $458.95, a price-to-earnings ratio of -4.50 and a beta of 2.50. Inovio Pharmaceuticals has a 12 month low of $3.76 and a 12 month high of $9.86.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, March 14th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.24) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.30) by $0.06. The company had revenue of $8.80 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $9.13 million. Inovio Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 208.92% and a negative return on equity of 66.07%. Inovio Pharmaceuticals’s quarterly revenue was up 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.35) EPS. research analysts anticipate that Inovio Pharmaceuticals will post -1.07 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Inovio Pharmaceuticals Company Profile

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc (Inovio) is a clinical-stage pharmaceutical company, which is involved in developing deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) immunotherapies and vaccines focused on treating and preventing cancers and infectious diseases. The Company’s DNA-based immunotherapies, in combination with its electroporation delivery devices, generates immune responses, in particular T cells, in the body to fight target diseases.

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