NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) Lifted to “Buy” at Zacks Investment Research

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Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note published on Saturday, Zacks.com reports. Zacks Investment Research currently has $2.00 price target on the biotechnology company’s stock.

According to Zacks, “NewLink Genetics Corporation is a biopharmaceutical company which focuses on discovering, developing and commercializing immunotherapeutic products for cancer treatment. Its portfolio also includes biologic and small-molecule immunotherapy products used for the treatment of oncology indications. NewLink Genetics Corporation is headquartered in Ames, Iowa. “

Separately, ValuEngine upgraded NewLink Genetics from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st.

Shares of NASDAQ NLNK opened at $1.65 on Friday. The company has a market cap of $62.26 million, a PE ratio of -1.15 and a beta of 1.32. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $1.55. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.07, a current ratio of 13.33 and a quick ratio of 13.33. NewLink Genetics has a fifty-two week low of $1.28 and a fifty-two week high of $3.21.

NewLink Genetics (NASDAQ:NLNK) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, July 30th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.27) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.29) by $0.02. The company had revenue of $0.15 million during the quarter. NewLink Genetics had a negative return on equity of 33.23% and a negative net margin of 6,587.56%. On average, sell-side analysts anticipate that NewLink Genetics will post -0.03 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of NLNK. Pennsylvania Trust Co bought a new position in NewLink Genetics during the first quarter worth about $48,000. Virtu Financial LLC bought a new position in NewLink Genetics during the first quarter worth about $60,000. Two Sigma Advisers LP grew its holdings in NewLink Genetics by 22.6% during the fourth quarter. Two Sigma Advisers LP now owns 110,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $167,000 after purchasing an additional 20,300 shares during the period. Requisite Capital Management LLC bought a new position in NewLink Genetics during the second quarter worth about $185,000. Finally, Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its holdings in NewLink Genetics by 20.8% during the fourth quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 145,832 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $222,000 after purchasing an additional 25,084 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 34.12% of the company’s stock.

About NewLink Genetics

NewLink Genetics Corporation, a late clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, focuses on discovering and developing novel immunotherapeutic products for the treatment of patients with cancer. It is developing Indoximod, an indoleamine-2, 3-dioxygenase (IDO) pathway inhibitor that is in clinical development in combination with other cancer therapeutics for patients with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma, pediatric brain tumors, acute myeloid leukemia, and melanoma.

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