Merus (NASDAQ:MRUS) Lifted to “Hold” at StockNews.com

StockNews.com upgraded shares of Merus (NASDAQ:MRUSGet Rating) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

Other equities analysts have also issued reports about the company. Guggenheim boosted their price target on Merus from $44.00 to $46.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, July 18th. Citigroup dropped their price target on Merus from $38.00 to $37.00 and set a buy rating on the stock in a research note on Thursday, May 19th. HC Wainwright reissued a buy rating on shares of Merus in a research note on Tuesday, May 10th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus started coverage on Merus in a research note on Tuesday. They issued a buy rating and a $38.00 price target on the stock. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. According to MarketBeat, the stock presently has a consensus rating of Moderate Buy and a consensus price target of $41.56.

Merus Price Performance

Shares of MRUS stock opened at $28.93 on Wednesday. The business’s 50 day simple moving average is $23.00 and its 200 day simple moving average is $23.68. Merus has a one year low of $13.47 and a one year high of $33.09. The stock has a market capitalization of $1.26 billion, a PE ratio of -15.47 and a beta of 0.89.

Merus (NASDAQ:MRUSGet Rating) last announced its earnings results on Monday, May 9th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.43) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.66) by $0.23. Merus had a negative return on equity of 29.02% and a negative net margin of 143.77%. The business had revenue of $11.66 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $8.55 million. As a group, research analysts expect that Merus will post -2.5 earnings per share for the current year.

Insider Activity at Merus

In related news, CEO Sven Ante Lundberg purchased 4,340 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, July 12th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $22.97 per share, with a total value of $99,689.80. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 19,340 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $444,239.80. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website. 2.90% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Institutional Inflows and Outflows

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the business. Commodore Capital LP grew its stake in Merus by 108.7% in the 4th quarter. Commodore Capital LP now owns 1,498,890 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $47,665,000 after purchasing an additional 780,754 shares during the period. Lynx1 Capital Management LP bought a new position in Merus in the 4th quarter valued at $24,912,000. Millennium Management LLC grew its stake in Merus by 39.2% in the 4th quarter. Millennium Management LLC now owns 774,767 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $24,638,000 after purchasing an additional 218,244 shares during the period. Frazier Life Sciences Management L.P. bought a new position in Merus in the 1st quarter valued at $16,630,000. Finally, Citadel Advisors LLC grew its stake in shares of Merus by 235.2% during the 4th quarter. Citadel Advisors LLC now owns 597,342 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $18,995,000 after acquiring an additional 419,152 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 85.32% of the company’s stock.

About Merus

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Merus N.V., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, engages in the discovery and development of bispecific antibody therapeutics in the Netherlands. Its bispecific antibody candidate pipeline includes Zenocutuzumab (MCLA-128), which is in a phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of patients with metastatic breast cancer, as well as in Phase 1/2 clinical trials for the treatment of solid tumors that harbor Neuregulin 1.

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