ZIOPHARM Oncology (ZIOP) Shares Up 5.2%

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ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP)’s share price shot up 5.2% on Friday . The company traded as high as $2.59 and last traded at $2.45. 1,617,271 shares traded hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 1% from the average session volume of 1,628,559 shares. The stock had previously closed at $2.33.

A number of research firms have recently weighed in on ZIOP. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, December 20th. BidaskClub lowered shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 22nd. HC Wainwright set a $6.00 price objective on shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 13th. Finally, Raymond James raised shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “market perform” rating to an “outperform” rating and set a $5.00 price objective for the company in a research report on Thursday, November 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and two have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $4.92.

The firm has a market cap of $321.78 million, a PE ratio of -4.62 and a beta of 2.39.

ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP) last released its earnings results on Friday, November 9th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.13) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.11) by ($0.02). On average, sell-side analysts predict that ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. will post -0.51 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the stock. Marshall Wace LLP purchased a new stake in ZIOPHARM Oncology in the third quarter valued at approximately $115,000. Jane Street Group LLC purchased a new stake in ZIOPHARM Oncology in the third quarter valued at approximately $161,000. Raymond James & Associates grew its holdings in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 168.3% in the second quarter. Raymond James & Associates now owns 58,290 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $176,000 after purchasing an additional 36,568 shares during the period. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC grew its holdings in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 77.1% in the second quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 65,990 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $199,000 after purchasing an additional 28,734 shares during the period. Finally, Belpointe Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in ZIOPHARM Oncology in the third quarter valued at approximately $262,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 40.07% of the company’s stock.

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About ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP)

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc, a biotechnology company, focuses on acquiring, developing, and commercializing a portfolio of immuno-oncology therapies for treating heterogenous solid tumors and unknown antigens. The company develops two immuno-oncology platform technologies, including Controlled IL-12, which delivers interleukin 12 or IL-12, a master regular of the immune system, in a controlled and safe manner to focus the patient's immune system to cancer; and Sleeping Beauty (SB), which is based on the genetic engineering of T-cells using the (SB) system to rapidly reprogram T-cells outside of the body for infusion.

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