GenVec Inc. (NASDAQ:GNVC) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Monday.

According to Zacks, “GenVec, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company developing novel gene-based therapeutic drugs and vaccines. Each of the Company’s product candidates uses patent-protected technology to deliver genes that produce beneficial proteins. GenVec’s lead product, TNFerade is currently in a pivotal Phase II/III study in locally advanced pancreatic cancer; Phase II studies are in progress in rectal cancer and metastatic melanoma; and Phase I/II studies are in progress in head and neck cancer. GenVec also uses its proprietary adenovector technology to develop vaccines for infectious diseases including HIV, malaria, seasonal and pandemic flu, and foot-and-mouth disease. “

GNVC has been the subject of several other research reports. Rodman & Renshaw reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $2.30 price target on shares of GenVec in a research report on Monday, June 20th. Roth Capital reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $2.00 price target (down previously from $8.00) on shares of GenVec in a research report on Tuesday, July 26th.

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GenVec (NASDAQ:GNVC) traded down 2.38% during trading on Monday, reaching $0.41. 42,531 shares of the company’s stock traded hands. The stock’s market cap is $9.32 million. The firm’s 50 day moving average price is $0.53 and its 200-day moving average price is $0.63. GenVec has a one year low of $0.35 and a one year high of $3.69.

GenVec (NASDAQ:GNVC) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Friday, August 5th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.06) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of ($0.10) by $0.04. GenVec had a negative net margin of 927.05% and a negative return on equity of 83.14%. On average, equities analysts anticipate that GenVec will post ($0.29) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A hedge fund recently bought a new stake in GenVec stock. Sabby Management LLC acquired a new stake in shares of GenVec Inc. (NASDAQ:GNVC) during the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 1,625,435 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock, valued at approximately $931,000. Sabby Management LLC owned approximately 7.15% of GenVec at the end of the most recent reporting period. 26.79% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

About GenVec

GenVec, Inc (GenVec) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, engaged in the development of therapeutics and vaccines. The Company designs, tests and manufactures adenoviral-based product candidates. The Company’s development programs address therapeutic areas, such as hearing loss and balance disorders, as well as vaccines against infectious diseases, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), herpes simplex virus (HSV), Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68) and malaria.

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