BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:BCRX) insider Thomas R. Staab II sold 14,087 shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 8th. The shares were sold at an average price of $8.12, for a total transaction of $114,386.44. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 138,055 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,121,006.60. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals stock opened at $7.70 on Friday. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.35, a quick ratio of 1.25 and a current ratio of 1.25. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has a 1 year low of $4.25 and a 1 year high of $8.31.

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BCRX) last released its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, November 6th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.28) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.25) by ($0.03). The company had revenue of $1.45 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $2.53 million. BioCryst Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 428.00% and a negative return on equity of 145.89%. As a group, analysts expect that BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will post -0.98 earnings per share for the current year.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in BCRX. Janus Henderson Group PLC increased its position in BioCryst Pharmaceuticals by 45.0% in the second quarter. Janus Henderson Group PLC now owns 11,096,183 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $63,581,000 after purchasing an additional 3,441,498 shares during the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. increased its position in BioCryst Pharmaceuticals by 13.1% in the third quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 8,769,856 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $66,914,000 after purchasing an additional 1,013,905 shares during the last quarter. Jennison Associates LLC increased its position in BioCryst Pharmaceuticals by 10.9% in the third quarter. Jennison Associates LLC now owns 3,850,003 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $29,376,000 after purchasing an additional 378,565 shares during the last quarter. VHCP Management II LLC increased its position in BioCryst Pharmaceuticals by 11.0% in the second quarter. VHCP Management II LLC now owns 2,464,241 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $14,120,000 after purchasing an additional 243,270 shares during the last quarter. Finally, UBS Group AG increased its position in BioCryst Pharmaceuticals by 190.7% in the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 291,379 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $1,390,000 after purchasing an additional 191,157 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors own 79.82% of the company’s stock.

Several equities research analysts have recently issued reports on the stock. BidaskClub cut shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, October 9th. JMP Securities lifted their price objective on shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals from $12.00 to $16.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Wednesday, September 5th. HC Wainwright reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $13.00 price objective on shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Monday, August 13th. They noted that the move was a valuation call. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “strong-buy” rating and set a $7.75 price objective on the stock in a research report on Tuesday, October 9th. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $8.50 price objective on shares of BioCryst Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Thursday, August 9th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have given a hold rating, six have given a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $9.89.

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About BioCryst Pharmaceuticals

BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a biotechnology company, designs, optimizes, and develops small molecule drugs that block key enzymes involved in the pathogenesis of diseases. The company markets peramivir, an intravenous neuraminidase inhibitor, which is approved for uncomplicated seasonal and acute influenza in the United States and Canada under the name RAPIVAB, in Japan and Taiwan as RAPIACTA, and in Korea as PERAMIFLU; and Mundesine, an oral purine nucleoside phosphorylase inhibitor to treat cancer in Japan.

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