bluebird bio (BLUE) Issues Quarterly Earnings Results, Beats Expectations By $0.11 EPS

bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday. The biotechnology company reported ($2.72) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($2.83) by $0.11, Bloomberg Earnings reports. bluebird bio had a negative net margin of 1,326.02% and a negative return on equity of 31.50%.

Shares of BLUE stock traded down $6.20 during trading hours on Thursday, reaching $127.24. The stock had a trading volume of 436,808 shares, compared to its average volume of 525,829. bluebird bio has a twelve month low of $87.49 and a twelve month high of $236.17. The stock has a market cap of $7.42 billion, a PE ratio of -16.50 and a beta of 2.62.

In related news, insider Nick Leschly sold 7,374 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 7th. The shares were sold at an average price of $113.64, for a total value of $837,981.36. Following the sale, the insider now owns 20,682 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,350,302.48. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, insider David Davidson sold 7,600 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 3rd. The stock was sold at an average price of $98.82, for a total transaction of $751,032.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 15,559 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,537,540.38. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 33,631 shares of company stock worth $3,897,763. Corporate insiders own 3.00% of the company’s stock.

A number of brokerages have weighed in on BLUE. Wedbush dropped their target price on shares of bluebird bio from $204.00 to $166.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, November 5th. Janney Montgomery Scott raised shares of bluebird bio from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $170.00 target price on the stock in a report on Monday, November 5th. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “buy” rating and set a $161.00 target price (down from $250.00) on shares of bluebird bio in a report on Wednesday, January 23rd. BidaskClub raised shares of bluebird bio from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, November 30th. Finally, Morgan Stanley dropped their target price on shares of bluebird bio from $186.00 to $185.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a report on Monday, November 5th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have assigned a hold rating, fifteen have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. bluebird bio currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $183.89.

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bluebird bio Company Profile

bluebird bio, Inc, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, focuses on developing transformative gene therapies for severe genetic diseases and cancer. Its product candidates include Lenti-D that is in Phase II/III clinical trials for the treatment of cerebral adrenoleukodystrophy, a rare hereditary neurological disorder; and LentiGlobin, which is in various clinical studies for the treatment of transfusion- transfusion-dependent ß-thalassemia and severe sickle cell disease.

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