Opko Health (OPK) Shares Gap Up to $2.69

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Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ:OPK) shares gapped up prior to trading on Monday . The stock had previously closed at $2.63, but opened at $2.69. Opko Health shares last traded at $2.74, with a volume of 5082601 shares traded.

A number of brokerages recently commented on OPK. Barrington Research restated a “buy” rating and issued a $7.00 price target on shares of Opko Health in a research report on Monday, November 12th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Opko Health from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 price target on the stock in a research report on Friday, November 30th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded Opko Health from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, January 2nd. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the stock. Opko Health presently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $9.50.

The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03, a current ratio of 0.91 and a quick ratio of 0.78. The stock has a market cap of $1.58 billion, a PE ratio of -9.45 and a beta of 2.09.

Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) last released its earnings results on Friday, November 9th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.05) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.08) by $0.03. Opko Health had a negative return on equity of 8.68% and a negative net margin of 30.24%. The firm had revenue of $250.00 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $264.04 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the business posted ($0.08) earnings per share. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 1.6% on a year-over-year basis. As a group, equities analysts expect that Opko Health Inc. will post -0.22 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

In other news, Vice Chairman Jane Ph D. Hsiao purchased 10,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, January 31st. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $7.96 per share, with a total value of $79,600.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the insider now owns 24,455,147 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $194,662,970.12. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, CEO Phillip Md Et Al Frost purchased 15,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, January 14th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $3.74 per share, for a total transaction of $56,100.00. Following the completion of the purchase, the chief executive officer now directly owns 3,068,951 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,477,876.74. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last quarter, insiders acquired 650,000 shares of company stock worth $2,104,100. Company insiders own 42.74% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of OPK. Diversified Trust Co acquired a new position in shares of Opko Health in the fourth quarter worth approximately $30,000. FDx Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Opko Health in the fourth quarter worth approximately $33,000. Douglas Lane & Associates LLC acquired a new position in shares of Opko Health in the fourth quarter worth approximately $42,000. Kovack Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Opko Health in the fourth quarter worth approximately $48,000. Finally, Cumberland Advisors Inc. acquired a new position in shares of Opko Health in the fourth quarter worth approximately $59,000. 24.42% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK)

OPKO Health, Inc, a healthcare company, engages in the diagnostics and pharmaceuticals business in the United States, Ireland, Chile, Spain, Israel, Mexico, and internationally. The company's Diagnostics segment operates Bio-Reference Laboratories, a clinical laboratory that offers laboratory testing services in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring, and treatment of diseases.

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