Ziopharm Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP)’s share price traded up 3.9% during mid-day trading on Wednesday . The stock traded as high as $4.80 and last traded at $4.77, with a volume of 1,749,259 shares traded. The stock had previously closed at $4.59.

Several equities analysts recently issued reports on the company. Mizuho restated a “neutral” rating and set a $5.00 price target (down from $7.00) on shares of Ziopharm Oncology in a research report on Monday. Wells Fargo & Co. restated an “underperform” rating on shares of Ziopharm Oncology in a research report on Friday, July 15th. Griffin Securities restated a “buy” rating and set a $21.00 price target on shares of Ziopharm Oncology in a research report on Friday, July 1st. Raymond James Financial Inc. assumed coverage on Ziopharm Oncology in a research report on Thursday, June 2nd. They set a “market perform” rating on the stock. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered Ziopharm Oncology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, May 31st. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have assigned a hold rating, one has given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $10.57.

The firm’s market cap is $609.41 million. The firm has a 50 day moving average price of $6.07 and a 200 day moving average price of $6.91.

Ziopharm Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 10th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.09) EPS for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.01. The firm earned $1.97 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.89 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($0.69) EPS. The company’s revenue was up 623.9% on a year-over-year basis. Equities research analysts anticipate that Ziopharm Oncology Inc. will post ($0.42) earnings per share for the current year.

A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of ZIOP. California State Teachers Retirement System raised its position in shares of Ziopharm Oncology by 1.6% in the fourth quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 212,521 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $1,766,000 after buying an additional 3,354 shares during the period. Swiss National Bank raised its position in shares of Ziopharm Oncology by 2.2% in the fourth quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 159,220 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $1,323,000 after buying an additional 3,500 shares during the period. Morgan Stanley raised its position in shares of Ziopharm Oncology by 5.1% in the fourth quarter. Morgan Stanley now owns 1,618,205 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $13,447,000 after buying an additional 78,583 shares during the period. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System raised its position in shares of Ziopharm Oncology by 567.2% in the fourth quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 307,366 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $2,554,000 after buying an additional 261,300 shares during the period.

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company. The Company is seeking to acquire, develop and commercialize, on its own or with partners, a portfolio of cancer therapies through synthetic immuno-oncology. Its clinical-stage product candidate, Ad-RTS-IL-12, is used with the oral activator veledimex.

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