Zacks: Analysts Set $81.00 Target Price for BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (BSTC)

Shares of BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ:BSTC) have earned a consensus broker rating score of 1.00 (Strong Buy) from the one brokers that provide coverage for the stock, Zacks Investment Research reports. One analyst has rated the stock with a strong buy rating.

Analysts have set a 1 year consensus price target of $81.00 for the company and are expecting that the company will post $0.68 earnings per share for the current quarter, according to Zacks. Zacks has also given BioSpecifics Technologies an industry rank of 81 out of 255 based on the ratings given to related companies.

Several equities research analysts have commented on BSTC shares. Zacks Investment Research downgraded BioSpecifics Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, February 4th. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and set a $81.00 price target on shares of BioSpecifics Technologies in a research note on Friday, January 25th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered BioSpecifics Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, January 24th.

In other news, major shareholder Of Edwin H. Wegman Estate sold 10,000 shares of BioSpecifics Technologies stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 29th. The shares were sold at an average price of $48.08, for a total transaction of $480,800.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 1,005,128 shares in the company, valued at approximately $48,326,554.24. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 21.40% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. Squarepoint Ops LLC lifted its stake in BioSpecifics Technologies by 2.5% during the fourth quarter. Squarepoint Ops LLC now owns 7,950 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $482,000 after purchasing an additional 192 shares during the last quarter. Legal & General Group Plc lifted its holdings in shares of BioSpecifics Technologies by 50.1% during the 4th quarter. Legal & General Group Plc now owns 1,211 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $74,000 after acquiring an additional 404 shares during the period. Great West Life Assurance Co. Can acquired a new stake in shares of BioSpecifics Technologies during the 4th quarter worth about $54,000. Meeder Asset Management Inc. increased its position in BioSpecifics Technologies by 82.0% in the 3rd quarter. Meeder Asset Management Inc. now owns 2,344 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $137,000 after acquiring an additional 1,056 shares in the last quarter. Finally, California Public Employees Retirement System grew its position in shares of BioSpecifics Technologies by 8.2% during the 2nd quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 18,153 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $814,000 after buying an additional 1,382 shares during the period. 58.56% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

Shares of BSTC traded down $1.40 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $70.10. 33,500 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 47,735. The company has a market cap of $521.26 million, a PE ratio of 41.24 and a beta of 1.27. BioSpecifics Technologies has a 12 month low of $38.05 and a 12 month high of $73.31.

BioSpecifics Technologies Company Profile

BioSpecifics Technologies Corp., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the development of an injectable collagenase clostridium histolyticum for multiple indications in the United States and internationally. The company offers injectable collagenase for the treatment of Dupuytren's contracture and Peyronie's disease under the XIAFLEX or Xiapex brand names.

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