XOMA (XOMA) Upgraded to C- by TheStreet

XOMA (NASDAQ:XOMA) was upgraded by research analysts at TheStreet from an “e+” rating to a “c-” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

Several other analysts also recently commented on XOMA. HC Wainwright reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price objective on shares of XOMA in a research note on Thursday, August 10th. Wedbush reaffirmed a “hold” rating on shares of XOMA in a research note on Monday, August 14th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research downgraded XOMA from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Tuesday, August 15th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating, two have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $30.00.

XOMA (NASDAQ XOMA) traded up $0.94 during mid-day trading on Wednesday, hitting $31.14. The stock had a trading volume of 229,612 shares, compared to its average volume of 151,270. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 3.53, a quick ratio of 3.45 and a current ratio of 3.45. XOMA has a one year low of $3.96 and a one year high of $33.00.

In related news, CEO James R. Neal sold 46,296 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 15th. The stock was sold at an average price of $28.24, for a total transaction of $1,307,399.04. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CFO Thomas M. Burns sold 6,983 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, November 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $30.99, for a total value of $216,403.17. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now directly owns 13,538 shares in the company, valued at approximately $419,542.62. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 87,069 shares of company stock worth $2,517,993 in the last ninety days. 3.02% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the stock. California Public Employees Retirement System increased its holdings in XOMA by 95.5% during the 1st quarter. California Public Employees Retirement System now owns 21,780 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $123,000 after purchasing an additional 10,640 shares in the last quarter. OxFORD Asset Management LLP bought a new position in XOMA during the 3rd quarter worth about $543,000. Finally, EAM Investors LLC bought a new position in XOMA during the 3rd quarter worth about $835,000. 33.51% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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About XOMA

XOMA Corporation is a development-stage biotechnology company. The Company focuses on the discovery and development of monoclonal antibody-based therapeutics. It has five products in its endocrine portfolio, two of which are developed as part of its XOMA Metabolism (XMet) platform. Its products include XOMA 358, XOMA 129, XOMA 213 and Gevokizumab.

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