Shares of Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN) have been given a consensus rating of “Hold” by the seven analysts that are presently covering the stock, Marketbeat Ratings reports. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, three have issued a hold recommendation and three have issued a buy recommendation on the company. The average 1 year price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $6.33.

AGEN has been the topic of a number of recent analyst reports. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Agenus from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, August 2nd. ValuEngine raised shares of Agenus from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, July 24th. Jefferies Group LLC reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $7.00 price target on shares of Agenus in a report on Friday, August 4th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Agenus from a “sell” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $4.50 price target on the stock in a report on Wednesday, July 5th.

Agenus (AGEN) opened at 4.10 on Friday. The firm has a 50-day moving average of $3.84 and a 200 day moving average of $3.85. The company’s market capitalization is $408.82 million. Agenus has a 12-month low of $3.20 and a 12-month high of $7.49.

Agenus (NASDAQ:AGEN) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, August 3rd. The biotechnology company reported ($0.32) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.36) by $0.04. The business had revenue of $4.21 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $6.66 million. Agenus had a negative net margin of 280.96% and a negative return on equity of 37,577.49%. The company’s revenue was down 36.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.33) earnings per share. Analysts expect that Agenus will post ($1.13) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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Institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the company. SG Americas Securities LLC lifted its holdings in shares of Agenus by 175.7% in the first quarter. SG Americas Securities LLC now owns 37,171 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $140,000 after buying an additional 23,689 shares in the last quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY lifted its holdings in shares of Agenus by 12.2% in the first quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 55,920 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $211,000 after buying an additional 6,101 shares in the last quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Agenus by 3,447.2% in the first quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 673,333 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $2,539,000 after buying an additional 654,351 shares in the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN lifted its holdings in shares of Agenus by 1.9% in the first quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 466,799 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $1,759,000 after buying an additional 8,921 shares in the last quarter. Finally, KCG Holdings Inc. lifted its holdings in shares of Agenus by 200.8% in the first quarter. KCG Holdings Inc. now owns 75,453 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $284,000 after buying an additional 50,373 shares in the last quarter. 39.51% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

About Agenus

Agenus Inc (Agenus) is an immuno-oncology (I-O) company. The Company focuses on the discovery and development of therapies that engage the body’s immune system to fight cancer. It is developing a I-O portfolio driven by platforms and programs, such as antibody discovery platforms, including Retrocyte Display, SECANT yeast display and phage display technologies designed to produce human antibodies; antibody candidate programs, including checkpoint modulator (CPM) programs; vaccine programs, including Prophage, AutoSynVax and PhosPhoSynVax, and saponin-based vaccine adjuvants, principally QS-21 Stimulon adjuvant (QS-21 Stimulon).

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