OncoCyte Co. (NYSEAMERICAN:OCX) has been assigned a consensus rating of “Buy” from the eight analysts that are currently covering the company, Marketbeat reports. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold recommendation and six have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have issued a report on the stock in the last year is $6.17.

A number of research firms have recently issued reports on OCX. Zacks Investment Research downgraded OncoCyte from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Saturday, February 20th. Needham & Company LLC reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $8.00 target price on shares of OncoCyte in a report on Tuesday, March 23rd. Finally, Benchmark raised their target price on OncoCyte from $6.00 to $11.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 17th.

In related news, CEO Ronald Asbury Andrews purchased 11,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 19th. The stock was bought at an average price of $4.79 per share, for a total transaction of $52,690.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 113,698 shares in the company, valued at approximately $544,613.42. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Company insiders own 5.64% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Defender Capital LLC. purchased a new position in shares of OncoCyte during the first quarter valued at approximately $3,122,000. Pura Vida Investments LLC boosted its position in shares of OncoCyte by 4.3% during the fourth quarter. Pura Vida Investments LLC now owns 6,282,823 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $15,016,000 after buying an additional 260,289 shares during the period. BlackRock Inc. boosted its position in shares of OncoCyte by 6.3% during the fourth quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 3,502,031 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $8,371,000 after buying an additional 208,648 shares during the period. Penbrook Management LLC boosted its position in shares of OncoCyte by 84.7% during the fourth quarter. Penbrook Management LLC now owns 423,775 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $1,013,000 after buying an additional 194,350 shares during the period. Finally, Nisa Investment Advisors LLC purchased a new position in shares of OncoCyte during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $287,000. Institutional investors own 46.53% of the company’s stock.

Shares of NYSEAMERICAN:OCX opened at $4.72 on Friday. OncoCyte has a 52-week low of $1.15 and a 52-week high of $6.57. The firm has a market capitalization of $419.67 million, a P/E ratio of -9.08 and a beta of 2.23. The stock has a 50 day moving average price of $2.38 and a 200-day moving average price of $1.83. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17, a quick ratio of 1.35 and a current ratio of 1.35.

OncoCyte (NYSEAMERICAN:OCX) last announced its earnings results on Monday, March 15th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.09) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.11) by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $0.50 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.05 million. On average, equities analysts forecast that OncoCyte will post -0.46 EPS for the current fiscal year.

About OncoCyte

OncoCyte Corporation, a molecular diagnostics company, researches, develops, and commercializes proprietary laboratory-developed tests for the detection of cancer in the United States and internationally. The company offers DetermaRx, a molecular test for early stage adenocarcinoma of the lung; and DetermaIO, a proprietary gene expression assay.

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