Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:NBIX) Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Brokerages

Shares of Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ:NBIX) have received an average recommendation of “Buy” from the nineteen research firms that are covering the company, Marketbeat reports. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and seventeen have given a buy rating to the company. The average 1-year price objective among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $68.25.

A number of analysts recently weighed in on NBIX shares. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Neurocrine Biosciences from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Friday, June 2nd. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $67.00 price target on shares of Neurocrine Biosciences in a research note on Monday, May 22nd. BMO Capital Markets reiterated an “outperform” rating and set a $72.00 price target on shares of Neurocrine Biosciences in a research note on Monday, April 17th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of Neurocrine Biosciences from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, June 21st. Finally, Piper Jaffray Companies reiterated an “overweight” rating and set a $80.00 price target on shares of Neurocrine Biosciences in a research note on Monday, April 17th.

In other news, insider Haig P. Bozigian sold 22,500 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, August 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $50.00, for a total value of $1,125,000.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 154,601 shares in the company, valued at approximately $7,730,050. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, insider Malcolm Lloyd-Smith sold 9,960 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, May 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $53.63, for a total transaction of $534,154.80. Following the transaction, the insider now owns 17,997 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $965,179.11. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold a total of 51,194 shares of company stock valued at $2,629,755 in the last quarter. Insiders own 4.80% of the company’s stock.

Institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Emory University acquired a new position in Neurocrine Biosciences during the second quarter valued at $1,349,000. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC increased its position in Neurocrine Biosciences by 21.1% in the second quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 329,035 shares of the company’s stock valued at $15,136,000 after buying an additional 57,371 shares during the period. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its position in Neurocrine Biosciences by 10.8% in the second quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 91,550 shares of the company’s stock valued at $4,211,000 after buying an additional 8,903 shares during the period. Stephens Inc. AR acquired a new position in Neurocrine Biosciences during the second quarter valued at $207,000. Finally, Alliancebernstein L.P. increased its position in Neurocrine Biosciences by 3.1% in the second quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 956,675 shares of the company’s stock valued at $44,007,000 after buying an additional 28,660 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.48% of the company’s stock.

Neurocrine Biosciences (NASDAQ:NBIX) opened at 53.85 on Monday. Neurocrine Biosciences has a one year low of $37.35 and a one year high of $55.38. The company’s 50 day moving average is $48.33 and its 200 day moving average is $46.68. The stock’s market cap is $4.75 billion.

Neurocrine Biosciences (NASDAQ:NBIX) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, August 3rd. The company reported ($0.68) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.67) by $0.01. The company had revenue of $6.34 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $0.61 million. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted ($0.46) EPS. On average, equities research analysts expect that Neurocrine Biosciences will post ($2.45) EPS for the current year.

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Neurocrine Biosciences Company Profile

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc is engaged in discovering and developing pharmaceuticals, in diseases with unmet medical needs, through its research and development (R&D) platform, focused on neurological and endocrine based diseases and disorders. Its three lead late-stage clinical programs are elagolix, which is a gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) antagonist for endometriosis and uterine fibroids; INGREZZA (valbenazine), which is a vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2) inhibitor, for the treatment of movement disorders, and opicapone, which is a selective catechol-O-methyltransferase inhibitor that is an adjunct therapy to preparations of levodopa/Dihydroxyphenylalanine (DOPA) decarboxylase inhibitors for adult patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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