Sanford C. Bernstein set a $71.00 price objective on Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) in a report published on Wednesday. The brokerage currently has a buy rating on the biotechnology company’s stock.

Several other equities research analysts also recently commented on ONCE. Evercore ISI started coverage on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Wednesday, August 16th. They issued an in-line rating and a $83.00 target price for the company. Cantor Fitzgerald reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Friday, August 25th. BidaskClub raised shares of Spark Therapeutics from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, August 26th. Barclays started coverage on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Wednesday, September 6th. They issued an overweight rating and a $104.00 target price for the company. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada started coverage on shares of Spark Therapeutics in a research note on Thursday, September 14th. They issued an outperform rating and a $100.00 target price for the company. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $76.19.

Shares of Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) traded up $1.15 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $45.91. 1,895,700 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 481,123. Spark Therapeutics has a 1 year low of $41.06 and a 1 year high of $91.75.

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) last issued its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The biotechnology company reported ($1.90) EPS for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($1.79) by ($0.11). Spark Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 1,090.11% and a negative return on equity of 60.01%. The firm had revenue of $1.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.40 million. During the same period in the previous year, the company posted ($1.07) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 45.8% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts forecast that Spark Therapeutics will post -7.6 EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other news, insider Daniel Faga sold 1,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, September 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $85.00, for a total transaction of $127,500.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 1,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $127,500. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider Barge Joseph La sold 5,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $71.44, for a total transaction of $392,920.00. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 8,146 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $581,950.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold 1,068,809 shares of company stock valued at $89,809,385 in the last three months. 7.30% of the stock is owned by insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Belpointe Asset Management LLC acquired a new position in Spark Therapeutics during the third quarter worth $403,000. Neuberger Berman Group LLC acquired a new position in Spark Therapeutics during the third quarter worth $672,000. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC boosted its holdings in Spark Therapeutics by 257.7% during the third quarter. Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC now owns 8,588 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $766,000 after purchasing an additional 6,187 shares during the last quarter. Perceptive Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Spark Therapeutics during the third quarter worth $16,049,000. Finally, Orbimed Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Spark Therapeutics during the third quarter worth $38,340,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 94.94% of the company’s stock.

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About Spark Therapeutics

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.

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