New Buy Rating for Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), the Healthcare Giant


J.P. Morgan analyst Cory Kasimov maintained a Buy rating on Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) yesterday. The company’s shares closed yesterday at $175.85.

According to TipRanks.com, Kasimov is a 1-star analyst with an average return of -0.4% and a 38.3% success rate. Kasimov covers the Healthcare sector, focusing on stocks such as ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc, Allogene Therapeutics Inc, and Jounce Therapeutics Inc.

Currently, the analyst consensus on Vertex Pharmaceuticals is a Strong Buy with an average price target of $204.54, which is a 16.3% upside from current levels. In a report issued on January 4, Citigroup also maintained a Buy rating on the stock with a $205 price target.

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Based on Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ latest earnings release for the quarter ending September 30, the company reported a quarterly net profit of $129 million. In comparison, last year the company had a net profit of $101 million.

Based on the recent corporate insider activity of 122 insiders, corporate insider sentiment is positive on the stock. This means that over the past quarter there has been an increase of insiders buying their shares of VRTX in relation to earlier this year. Most recently, in December 2018, Bruce Sachs, a Director at VRTX bought 10,000 shares for a total of $342,400.

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Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. engages in the business of discovering, developing, manufacturing and commercializing small molecule drugs for patients with serious diseases. It focuses on development and commercializing therapies for the treatment of cystic fibrosis; infectious diseases, including viral infections, such as influenza, and bacterial infections; autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis; cancer, inflammatory bowel disease; and neurological disorders, including pain, Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The company was founded by Joshua S. Boger in 1989 and is headquartered in Boston, MA.

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