Exact Sciences Co. (NASDAQ:EXAS) Receives Consensus “Buy” Rating From Brokerages

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Shares of Exact Sciences Co. (NASDAQ:EXAS) have been assigned an average “Buy” rating by the fourteen research firms that cover the company, Marketbeat.com reports. One investment analyst gave the stock a sell rating, one gave the company a hold rating and eleven gave the company a buy rating. The 12-month average price target among brokerages that have reported on the stock over the past year is $134.23.

A number of stock analysts have weighed in on EXAS shares recently. SVB Leerink lowered its price target on Exact Sciences shares from $160.00 to $140.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a Wednesday, Nov. 3 research note. Cowen cut his price target on Exact Sciences shares from $160.00 to $135.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a Thursday, Oct. 14 research report. Wells Fargo & Company cut its price target on Exact Sciences stock from $120.00 to $95.00 and set an “equal weight” rating on the stock in a Wednesday, Nov. 3 research report . Robert W. Baird cut his price target on Exact Sciences stock from $125.00 to $116.00 and set an “outperform” rating on the stock in a Wednesday, Nov. 3 research report. Finally, Craig Hallum cut his price target on Exact Sciences shares from $144.00 to $133.00 and placed a “buy” rating on the stock in a Wednesday, Nov. 3 research report.

In other news from Exact Sciences, CEO Kevin T. Conroy sold 16,922 shares of the company in a trade dated Monday, Nov. 1. The shares were sold at an average price of $93.88, for a total value of $1,588,637.36. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed on the SEC’s website. 1.40% of the shares are currently held by insiders.

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Several hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD increased its stake in shares of Exact Sciences by 8.2% during the 2nd quarter. Price T Rowe Associates Inc. MD now owns 19,789,343 shares of the medical research company valued at $2,460,013,000 after acquiring an additional 1,495,404 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Exact Sciences by 2.0% during the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 15,410,555 shares of the medical research company valued at $1,915,686,000 after acquiring 307,132 additional shares in the last quarter. Capital World Investors increased its stake in Exact Sciences shares by 6.9% during the 3rd quarter. Capital World Investors now owns 5,969,312 shares of the medical research company valued at $569,771,000 after acquiring 383,649 additional shares in the last quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. increased its stake in shares of Exact Sciences by 25.0% during the 3rd quarter. Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Holdings Inc. now owns 4,679,730 shares of the medical research company valued at $446,680,000 after acquiring an additional 936,245 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Baillie Gifford & Co. increased its stake in Exact Sciences by 2.1% during the 4th quarter. Baillie Gifford & Co. now owns 4,543,994 shares of the medical research company valued at $353,658,000 after acquiring 91,467 additional shares in the last quarter. 90.22% of the shares are held by institutional investors.

Shares of NASDAQ EXAS were down $2.00 during Friday trading hours, hitting $74.03. 3,030,169 shares were traded, against an average volume of 2,639,333. The company has a quick ratio of 2.14, a current ratio of 2.27 and a leverage ratio of 0.55. Exact Sciences has a 12-month low of $69.75 and a 12-month high of $159.54. The company has a market capitalization of $12.76 billion, a PE ratio of -14.90 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a fifty-day moving average price of $80.15 and a 200-day moving average price of $94.15.

Exact Sciences Inc (NASDAQ:EXAS) last released its quarterly results on Monday, November 1. The medical research company reported ($0.97) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks consensus estimate of ($0.89) by ($0.08). Exact Sciences had a negative return on equity of 11.53% and a negative net margin of 46.14%. The company posted revenue of $456.38 million for the quarter, versus analyst estimates of $429.04 million. During the same period last year, the company made ($0.36) earnings per share. As a group, stock analysts expect Exact Sciences to post earnings per share of -3.13 for the current fiscal year.

About the exact sciences

EXACT Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company, which focuses on the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. She developed Cologuard, a screening test for the early detection of colorectal cancer and pre-cancer. The company was founded on February 10, 1995 and is based in Madison, WI.

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