Curis, Inc. (CRIS) Upgraded to Hold by ValuEngine

ValuEngine upgraded shares of Curis, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRIS) from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report released on Thursday morning.

A number of other research firms also recently weighed in on CRIS. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Curis from a sell rating to a hold rating in a research report on Tuesday, March 14th. Cowen and Company reissued a buy rating on shares of Curis in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Finally, FBR & Co set a $6.00 price target on shares of Curis and gave the stock a buy rating in a research report on Saturday, March 11th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the stock. The company has an average rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $5.88.

Shares of Curis (NASDAQ CRIS) traded up 0.95% during mid-day trading on Thursday, hitting $2.13. 295,925 shares of the stock traded hands. Curis has a one year low of $1.47 and a one year high of $3.72. The stock has a 50-day moving average of $1.82 and a 200 day moving average of $2.54. The stock’s market cap is $306.23 million.

Curis (NASDAQ:CRIS) last released its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, May 4th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.11) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.09) by $0.02. Curis had a negative return on equity of 163.29% and a negative net margin of 841.05%. The company had revenue of $2.13 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.98 million. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted ($0.07) EPS. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 23.1% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities analysts predict that Curis will post ($0.40) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other Curis news, Director James R. Mcnab sold 146,694 shares of Curis stock in a transaction on Thursday, April 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $2.61, for a total value of $382,871.34. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 912,426 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $2,381,431.86. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, Director James R. Mcnab sold 110,322 shares of Curis stock in a transaction on Monday, April 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.59, for a total transaction of $285,733.98. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now directly owns 1,357,147 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,515,010.73. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 450,000 shares of company stock valued at $1,101,973. 4.07% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in CRIS. Bank of America Corp DE increased its position in Curis by 58.7% in the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 36,348 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $101,000 after buying an additional 13,448 shares in the last quarter. Prudential Financial Inc. acquired a new position in Curis during the first quarter worth approximately $105,000. Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd acquired a new position in Curis during the fourth quarter worth approximately $106,000. A.R.T. Advisors LLC acquired a new position in Curis during the fourth quarter worth approximately $116,000. Finally, Oxford Asset Management acquired a new position in Curis during the fourth quarter worth approximately $138,000. 51.63% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Curis

Curis, Inc is a biotechnology company seeking to develop and commercialize drug candidates for the treatment of cancers. The Company’s drug candidate is CUDC-907, an orally-available, small molecule inhibitor of histone deacetylase (HDAC) and phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K) enzymes. CUDC-907 is an oral, dual inhibitor of Class I and II HDAC, as well as Class I PI3K enzymes.

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