ValuEngine downgraded shares of Pfenex Inc (NYSEMKT:PFNX) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report report published on Friday.

Several other research firms have also weighed in on PFNX. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Pfenex from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Saturday, July 15th. William Blair reaffirmed an outperform rating on shares of Pfenex in a report on Monday, June 26th.

Pfenex (NYSEMKT:PFNX) opened at 3.52 on Friday. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $4.03 and its 200-day moving average is $4.95. Pfenex has a 1-year low of $3.16 and a 1-year high of $11.35. The firm has a market capitalization of $82.82 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of 56.77 and a beta of 4.65.

Pfenex (NYSEMKT:PFNX) last posted its earnings results on Wednesday, August 9th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.52) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.46) by $0.06. Pfenex had a negative return on equity of 75.61% and a negative net margin of 406.87%. The firm had revenue of $3.03 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $3.10 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($0.43) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 3.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Pfenex will post ($2.09) EPS for the current year.

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In other news, Director Jason Grenfell-Gardner bought 10,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, June 12th. The shares were acquired at an average price of $4.51 per share, with a total value of $45,100.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 10,000 shares in the company, valued at $45,100. The acquisition was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

A number of large investors have recently modified their holdings of the business. Sanders Morris Harris LLC grew its holdings in Pfenex by 79.9% during the 2nd quarter. Sanders Morris Harris LLC now owns 745,687 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $2,990,000 after acquiring an additional 331,167 shares during the last quarter. FMR LLC grew its holdings in Pfenex by 25.7% during the 1st quarter. FMR LLC now owns 344,677 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $2,003,000 after acquiring an additional 70,577 shares during the last quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC grew its holdings in Pfenex by 148.5% during the 1st quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 325,800 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $1,893,000 after acquiring an additional 194,700 shares during the last quarter. MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd bought a new stake in Pfenex during the 1st quarter worth about $1,759,000. Finally, Marshall Wace North America L.P. bought a new stake in Pfenex during the 1st quarter worth about $1,759,000.

About Pfenex

Pfenex Inc is a clinical-stage biotechnology company. The Company is engaged in the development of biosimilar and therapeutic equivalent products to branded therapeutics and other high-value and difficult-to-manufacture proteins. Its lead product candidate is PF582, a biosimilar candidate to Lucentis (ranibizumab).

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