ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) Upgraded to Sell at BidaskClub

BidaskClub upgraded shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP) from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research note released on Thursday.

ZIOP has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ZIOPHARM Oncology from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $5.25 price target for the company in a report on Friday, November 10th. HC Wainwright restated a buy rating and issued a $9.50 price target on shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. Raymond James Financial restated a hold rating on shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology in a report on Monday, December 11th. Finally, ValuEngine cut ZIOPHARM Oncology from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Friday, September 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $12.67.

ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) opened at $4.38 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $621.80, a P/E ratio of -8.42 and a beta of 1.44. ZIOPHARM Oncology has a fifty-two week low of $3.90 and a fifty-two week high of $7.88.

ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP) last released its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.13) earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.13). The company had revenue of $1.60 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $1.66 million. The firm’s revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($0.11) EPS. analysts forecast that ZIOPHARM Oncology will post -0.54 earnings per share for the current year.

In other ZIOPHARM Oncology news, CEO Laurence James Neil Cooper bought 6,440 shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 8th. The stock was bought at an average cost of $4.68 per share, for a total transaction of $30,139.20. Following the purchase, the chief executive officer now owns 1,083,731 shares in the company, valued at approximately $5,071,861.08. The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 10.40% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its stake in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology by 7.6% during the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 7,864,470 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $48,917,000 after buying an additional 553,933 shares during the last quarter. State Street Corp boosted its stake in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology by 12.8% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 4,556,264 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $28,342,000 after buying an additional 517,057 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp boosted its stake in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology by 10.1% during the 2nd quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 1,630,858 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $10,144,000 after buying an additional 149,067 shares during the last quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. lifted its stake in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 6.6% during the third quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 618,589 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $3,799,000 after purchasing an additional 38,440 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp lifted its stake in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 2.2% during the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 611,533 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $3,804,000 after purchasing an additional 13,127 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 40.23% of the company’s stock.

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ZIOPHARM Oncology Company Profile

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company, which is seeking to develop, acquire and commercialize, on its own or with partners, a portfolio of cancer therapies that address unmet medical needs. The Company is focused on developing products in immuno-oncology that employ gene expression, control and cell technologies to deliver cell- and viral-based therapies for the treatment of cancer and graft-versus-host-disease.

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