Shares of Geron Co. (NASDAQ:GERN) shot up 4.8% on Monday . The company traded as high as $6.10 and last traded at $5.91. 16,680,543 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, an increase of 216% from the average session volume of 5,277,863 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.64.
A number of research firms recently weighed in on GERN. Piper Jaffray restated a “buy” rating and issued a $7.00 price target on shares of Geron in a research note on Monday, March 19th. Stifel Nicolaus lifted their price target on Geron from $2.50 to $4.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a research note on Sunday, March 18th. BidaskClub upgraded Geron from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a research note on Saturday, March 17th. ValuEngine raised Geron from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Geron from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 2nd. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $4.50.
The firm has a market cap of $906.09, a price-to-earnings ratio of -32.83 and a beta of 2.77.
A number of hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of GERN. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC raised its holdings in Geron by 59.4% during the second quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 47,976 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $133,000 after purchasing an additional 17,877 shares during the last quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. raised its holdings in Geron by 42.0% during the third quarter. Raymond James Financial Services Advisors Inc. now owns 82,426 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $180,000 after purchasing an additional 24,370 shares during the last quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. raised its holdings in Geron by 783.9% during the third quarter. Russell Investments Group Ltd. now owns 363,990 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $794,000 after purchasing an additional 322,810 shares during the last quarter. Creative Planning raised its holdings in Geron by 69.8% during the fourth quarter. Creative Planning now owns 308,523 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $555,000 after purchasing an additional 126,810 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Virtus Fund Advisers LLC acquired a new position in Geron during the fourth quarter worth $314,000. 36.89% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
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Geron Corporation (Geron) is a biopharmaceutical company, which supports the clinical stage development of a telomerase inhibitor, Imetelstat, in hematologic myeloid malignancies by Janssen Biotech, Inc (Janssen). The Company is engaged in the development of therapeutic products for oncology. Using its nucleic acid chemistry, Geron designed Imetelstat to be an oligonucleotide that binds with high affinity to the ribonucleic acid (RNA) template of telomerase, thereby directly inhibiting telomerase activity.
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