Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Crispr Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP) from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report released on Thursday.

According to Zacks, “CRISPR Therapeutics AG is a gene-editing company. It focused on the development of transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its proprietary CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing platform. CRISPR Therapeutics AG is headquartered in Basel, Switzerland. “

CRSP has been the subject of several other reports. Oppenheimer assumed coverage on shares of Crispr Therapeutics in a report on Thursday, December 7th. They set a hold rating for the company. SunTrust Banks raised shares of Crispr Therapeutics from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Tuesday, January 23rd. BidaskClub raised shares of Crispr Therapeutics from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report on Thursday, January 4th. Piper Jaffray Companies assumed coverage on shares of Crispr Therapeutics in a report on Friday, December 22nd. They set an overweight rating for the company. Finally, Cann reissued a hold rating on shares of Crispr Therapeutics in a report on Thursday, November 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and an average price target of $22.81.

Crispr Therapeutics (CRSP) opened at $39.45 on Thursday. Crispr Therapeutics has a fifty-two week low of $11.63 and a fifty-two week high of $42.90.

Crispr Therapeutics (NASDAQ:CRSP) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, November 8th. The company reported ($0.62) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.60) by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $2.39 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $3.61 million. Crispr Therapeutics had a negative return on equity of 38.42% and a negative net margin of 466.58%. Crispr Therapeutics’s revenue was up 54.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned ($2.77) earnings per share. equities research analysts anticipate that Crispr Therapeutics will post -2.42 earnings per share for the current year.

In other news, Director Thomas Woiwode sold 1,700 shares of Crispr Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Friday, November 24th. The shares were sold at an average price of $20.21, for a total value of $34,357.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 8,218 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $166,085.78. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, insider Tyler Dylan-Hyde sold 66,000 shares of Crispr Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $28.03, for a total transaction of $1,849,980.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now directly owns 25,204 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $706,468.12. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 2,234,504 shares of company stock valued at $44,388,553 over the last ninety days. Company insiders own 39.98% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. acquired a new position in shares of Crispr Therapeutics in the 3rd quarter valued at about $536,000. Hershey Trust Co. acquired a new position in shares of Crispr Therapeutics in the 3rd quarter valued at about $768,000. Tiff Advisory Services Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Crispr Therapeutics in the 3rd quarter valued at about $505,000. Allianz Asset Management GmbH acquired a new position in shares of Crispr Therapeutics in the 3rd quarter valued at about $2,384,000. Finally, Granahan Investment Management Inc. MA boosted its holdings in shares of Crispr Therapeutics by 51.7% in the 3rd quarter. Granahan Investment Management Inc. MA now owns 263,746 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,713,000 after buying an additional 89,839 shares during the period. 21.89% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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Crispr Therapeutics Company Profile

Crispr Therapeutics AG is a Switzerland-based gene-editing company. The Company focuses on the development of transformative gene-based medicines for serious diseases using its Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR)/Cas9 gene-editing platform. CRISPR/Cas9 can be programmed to cut, edit and correct disease-associated deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) in a patient’s cell.

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