NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) Upgraded to “Buy” at Zacks Investment Research

Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report issued on Saturday, Zacks.com reports. Zacks Investment Research currently has $2.00 price objective on the biotechnology company’s stock.

According to Zacks, “NewLink Genetics Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company which focuses on discovering, developing and commercializing immunotherapeutic products for cancer treatment. Its portfolio also includes biologic and small-molecule immunotherapy products used for the treatment of oncology indications. NewLink Genetics Corporation is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. “

Separately, ValuEngine raised shares of NewLink Genetics from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday.

NASDAQ NLNK traded down $0.18 during mid-day trading on Friday, hitting $1.71. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 168,090 shares, compared to its average volume of 410,618. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $1.54. NewLink Genetics has a twelve month low of $1.28 and a twelve month high of $3.25. The company has a quick ratio of 13.33, a current ratio of 13.33 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07. The stock has a market capitalization of $70.45 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -1.19 and a beta of 1.32.

NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 30th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.27) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.29) by $0.02. The firm had revenue of $0.15 million for the quarter. NewLink Genetics had a negative net margin of 6,587.56% and a negative return on equity of 33.23%. On average, analysts predict that NewLink Genetics will post -0.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of NLNK. Pennsylvania Trust Co purchased a new position in NewLink Genetics during the 1st quarter worth $48,000. Virtu Financial LLC purchased a new position in NewLink Genetics during the 1st quarter worth $60,000. Two Sigma Advisers LP boosted its holdings in NewLink Genetics by 22.6% during the 4th quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 110,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $167,000 after acquiring an additional 20,300 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp boosted its holdings in shares of NewLink Genetics by 20.8% in the 4th quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 145,832 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $222,000 after buying an additional 25,084 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of NewLink Genetics by 31.3% in the 4th quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 375,866 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $571,000 after buying an additional 89,528 shares during the last quarter. 34.14% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

NewLink Genetics Company Profile

NewLink Genetics Corporation, a late clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, focuses on discovering and developing novel immunotherapeutic products for the treatment of patients with cancer. It is developing Indoximod, an indoleamine-2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) pathway inhibitor that is in clinical development in combination with other cancer therapeutics for patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, pediatric brain tumors, acute myeloid leukemia, and melanoma.

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