Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:ONCE) – Investment analysts at Wedbush upped their Q4 2017 earnings per share estimates for shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note issued on Wednesday. Wedbush analyst D. Nierengarten now anticipates that the biotechnology company will post earnings per share of ($1.71) for the quarter, up from their previous estimate of ($1.96). Wedbush also issued estimates for Spark Therapeutics’ Q1 2018 earnings at ($1.96) EPS, Q2 2018 earnings at ($1.93) EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at ($1.91) EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at ($1.85) EPS, FY2018 earnings at ($7.65) EPS, FY2019 earnings at ($5.54) EPS, FY2020 earnings at ($2.85) EPS and FY2021 earnings at $0.91 EPS.

A number of other research analysts have also issued reports on ONCE. ValuEngine lowered shares of Spark Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday. BMO Capital Markets reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $89.00 price target (up from $69.00) on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Chardan Capital upgraded shares of Spark Therapeutics from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and boosted their price target for the stock from $60.00 to $100.00 in a research note on Tuesday, August 8th. SunTrust Banks, Inc. set a $101.00 price target on shares of Spark Therapeutics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, October 16th. Finally, Cowen and Company reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $95.00 price target (up from $75.00) on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Thursday, August 3rd. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and eighteen have given a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $90.36.

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Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) opened at $72.65 on Monday. Spark Therapeutics has a one year low of $47.03 and a one year high of $91.75.

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 7th. The biotechnology company reported ($1.90) EPS for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($1.79) by ($0.11). The business had revenue of $1.90 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.40 million. Spark Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 1,090.11% and a negative return on equity of 60.01%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 45.8% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted ($1.07) earnings per share.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in ONCE. BlackRock Inc. lifted its stake in shares of Spark Therapeutics by 11,332.0% during the first quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,840,214 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $98,158,000 after buying an additional 1,824,117 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC purchased a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics during the second quarter valued at approximately $30,848,000. Jennison Associates LLC purchased a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics during the third quarter valued at approximately $27,239,000. JPMorgan Chase & Co. lifted its stake in shares of Spark Therapeutics by 15.0% during the third quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 1,848,988 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $164,986,000 after buying an additional 241,016 shares during the period. Finally, Sectoral Asset Management Inc purchased a new position in shares of Spark Therapeutics during the second quarter valued at approximately $6,052,000. 77.94% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

In related news, insider Daniel Faga sold 3,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.02, for a total transaction of $255,060.00. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 3,000 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $255,060. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, insider Barge Joseph La sold 5,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, September 5th. The shares were sold at an average price of $81.00, for a total transaction of $445,500.00. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 10,825 shares in the company, valued at approximately $876,825. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 1,099,659 shares of company stock worth $92,457,658 in the last ninety days. Insiders own 7.30% of the company’s stock.

Spark Therapeutics Company Profile

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.

Earnings History and Estimates for Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE)

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