Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRIS) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report issued to clients and investors on Friday.

CRIS has been the topic of several other reports. Zacks Investment Research raised Curis from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Monday, July 17th. BidaskClub raised Curis from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Curis presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $5.50.

Shares of Curis (NASDAQ CRIS) opened at 1.72 on Friday. Curis has a 1-year low of $1.47 and a 1-year high of $3.72. The firm’s market cap is $247.47 million. The company’s 50 day moving average price is $1.82 and its 200-day moving average price is $2.13.

Curis (NASDAQ:CRIS) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The biotechnology company reported ($0.10) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.09) by ($0.01). The company had revenue of $2.10 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $2.08 million. Curis had a negative return on equity of 236.43% and a negative net margin of 836.18%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 23.5% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.09) earnings per share. Equities analysts expect that Curis will post ($0.40) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of CRIS. Point72 Asset Management L.P. purchased a new position in Curis in the first quarter valued at about $1,391,000. Perceptive Advisors LLC purchased a new position in Curis in the first quarter valued at about $1,390,000. FMR LLC grew its stake in Curis by 2.7% in the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 15,131,961 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $42,067,000 after purchasing an additional 393,582 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in Curis by 6.7% in the first quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 4,827,625 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $13,421,000 after purchasing an additional 304,268 shares in the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp grew its stake in Curis by 10.4% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 1,857,044 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $3,511,000 after purchasing an additional 175,424 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 50.94% of the company’s stock.

About Curis

Curis, Inc is a biotechnology company seeking to develop and commercialize drug candidates for the treatment of cancers. The Company’s drug candidate is CUDC-907, an orally-available, small molecule inhibitor of histone deacetylase (HDAC) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) enzymes. CUDC-907 is an oral, dual inhibitor of Class I and II HDAC, as well as Class I PI3K enzymes.

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