Illumina, Inc. (NASDAQ:ILMN) gapped up before the market opened on Wednesday . The stock had previously closed at $248.83, but opened at $242.80. Illumina shares last traded at $240.74, with a volume of 455758 shares changing hands.

A number of brokerages have issued reports on ILMN. Evercore ISI began coverage on shares of Illumina in a research note on Wednesday, January 3rd. They set an “outperform” rating and a $250.00 target price for the company. Goldman Sachs Group reissued a “neutral” rating and set a $200.00 target price on shares of Illumina in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. BTIG Research began coverage on shares of Illumina in a research note on Friday, January 5th. They set a “neutral” rating for the company. William Blair lowered shares of Illumina from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a research note on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Wells Fargo & Co reissued a “positive” rating and set a $260.00 target price (up previously from $250.00) on shares of Illumina in a research note on Tuesday. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $214.38.

The company has a market cap of $35,050.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 45.29, a P/E/G ratio of 3.13 and a beta of 0.79. The company has a quick ratio of 3.73, a current ratio of 4.22 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.41.

Illumina (NASDAQ:ILMN) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, October 24th. The life sciences company reported $1.11 EPS for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $0.99 by $0.12. The firm had revenue of $714.00 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $692.77 million. Illumina had a net margin of 30.34% and a return on equity of 19.42%. The business’s quarterly revenue was up 17.6% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the firm posted $0.97 EPS. sell-side analysts expect that Illumina, Inc. will post 3.75 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, EVP Marc Stapley sold 2,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $205.48, for a total transaction of $410,960.00. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now owns 30,370 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,240,427.60. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP Oene Mark Van sold 1,250 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $207.76, for a total transaction of $259,700.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 11,691 shares in the company, valued at approximately $2,428,922.16. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 137,671 shares of company stock worth $29,485,768 in the last quarter. Insiders own 0.89% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Dupont Capital Management Corp acquired a new position in Illumina in the third quarter valued at about $153,000. Advisory Services Network LLC boosted its position in Illumina by 13.0% in the second quarter. Advisory Services Network LLC now owns 772 shares of the life sciences company’s stock valued at $134,000 after buying an additional 89 shares in the last quarter. West Coast Financial LLC acquired a new position in Illumina in the third quarter valued at about $216,000. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. acquired a new position in Illumina in the second quarter valued at about $226,000. Finally, Colony Group LLC acquired a new position in Illumina in the second quarter valued at about $239,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 91.60% of the company’s stock.

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Illumina Company Profile

Illumina, Inc (Illumina) is a provider of sequencing- and array-based solutions for genetic analysis. The Company operates through two segments: Core Illumina and the consolidated variable interest entities (VIEs), which include the activities of GRAIL, Inc (GRAIL) and Helix Holdings I, LLC (Helix). Core Illumina consists of its core operations.

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