Epizyme Inc (EPZM) Ends Positive After a Rollercoaster Ride; Oppenheimer Weighs in


Epizyme Inc (NASDAQ:EPZM) stock underwent a rollercoaster ride on Wednesday, eventually finishing positive at $12.35, nearly 11% increase. The stock opened sideways, but jumped about 19% to hit an intra-day high of $13.30, after which it started to descend.

The reason? The biopharmaceutical announced interim efficacy data from its ongoing phase II clinical trial of Tazemetostat, as a single-agent treatment for relapsed or refractory patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) or diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) grouped by EZH2 mutational status. The data were presented today during a plenary session at the International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma (ICML).

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Oppenheimer analyst Leah R. Cann commented, “These data are very encouraging and support our expectation that Epizyme could launch Tazemetostat in 2018. In addition, these results support a rapid adoption once launched […] Our outlook for Epizyme in 2017 2022 remains unchanged and we continue to expect Tazemetostat to launch in 2018.”

As such, Cann reiterates an Outperform rating on Epizyme shares, with a price target of $26, which represents a potential upside of 111% from where the stock is currently trading.

According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Leah R. Cann has a yearly average return of 4% and a 58% success rate. Cann has a -22.5% average return when recommending EPZM, and is ranked #1688 out of 4578 analysts.

As of this writing, all the 8 analysts polled by TipRanks (in the past 12 months) rate Epizyme stock a Buy. With a return potential of 109%, the stock’s consensus target price stands at $25.86.