Dynavax Technologies Co. (NASDAQ:DVAX) saw unusually large options trading on Monday. Stock investors acquired 2,440 put options on the company. This is an increase of approximately 1,352% compared to the typical daily volume of 168 put options.

In other Dynavax Technologies news, VP David Louis Johnson sold 3,092 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 4th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.60, for a total transaction of $57,511.20. Following the transaction, the vice president now owns 7,780 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $144,708. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, insider Robert Coffman sold 7,500 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The stock was sold at an average price of $18.90, for a total value of $141,750.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Corporate insiders own 2.90% of the company’s stock.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. Vident Investment Advisory LLC grew its stake in Dynavax Technologies by 3.1% in the third quarter. Vident Investment Advisory LLC now owns 150,258 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $3,231,000 after purchasing an additional 4,553 shares in the last quarter. First Republic Investment Management Inc. acquired a new position in Dynavax Technologies in the third quarter worth about $2,414,000. Crawford Lake Capital Management LLC acquired a new position in Dynavax Technologies in the third quarter worth about $1,481,000. California State Teachers Retirement System grew its stake in Dynavax Technologies by 12.0% in the third quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 97,417 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $2,094,000 after purchasing an additional 10,412 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. grew its stake in Dynavax Technologies by 29.9% in the third quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 235,310 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $5,060,000 after purchasing an additional 54,149 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 70.54% of the company’s stock.

Several brokerages recently weighed in on DVAX. Zacks Investment Research lowered Dynavax Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Wednesday. BidaskClub lowered Dynavax Technologies from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Wednesday, December 6th. ValuEngine lowered Dynavax Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Cantor Fitzgerald increased their target price on Dynavax Technologies from $24.00 to $25.00 and gave the stock an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 9th. Finally, Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $30.00 target price on shares of Dynavax Technologies in a research report on Friday, November 3rd. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and five have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $25.17.

Shares of Dynavax Technologies (DVAX) opened at $16.85 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,020.00, a PE ratio of -8.60 and a beta of 1.31. Dynavax Technologies has a 52 week low of $3.70 and a 52 week high of $24.45.

Dynavax Technologies (NASDAQ:DVAX) last announced its earnings results on Friday, November 3rd. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.38) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.53) by $0.15. The company had revenue of $0.05 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $0.28 million. Dynavax Technologies had a negative return on equity of 65.97% and a negative net margin of 1,177.60%. The company’s revenue was down 68.8% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.90) earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Dynavax Technologies will post -1.72 EPS for the current fiscal year.

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About Dynavax Technologies

Dynavax Technologies Corporation is a clinical-stage immunotherapy company. The Company is focused on leveraging the body’s innate and adaptive immune responses through toll-like receptor (TLR) stimulation. Its product candidates are being investigated for use in multiple cancer indications, as a vaccine for the prevention of hepatitis B and as a disease modifying therapy for asthma.

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