Aptose Biosciences Inc. (NASDAQ:APTO) (TSE:APS)’s share price shot up 7% on Wednesday . The company traded as high as $2.20 and last traded at $2.15. 654,522 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 125% from the average session volume of 290,342 shares. The stock had previously closed at $2.01.
A number of brokerages have weighed in on APTO. Roth Capital reissued a “buy” rating on shares of Aptose Biosciences in a research report on Thursday, May 23rd. Zacks Investment Research raised Aptose Biosciences from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $2.50 price target on the stock in a research report on Monday, May 13th. HC Wainwright set a $9.00 price target on Aptose Biosciences and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 2nd. Finally, Royal Bank of Canada began coverage on Aptose Biosciences in a research report on Friday, March 1st. They set an “outperform” rating and a $6.00 price target on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and seven have given a buy rating to the stock. Aptose Biosciences presently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $5.75.
The firm has a market capitalization of $87.09 million, a PE ratio of -2.50 and a beta of 1.43. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.09, a current ratio of 5.93 and a quick ratio of 5.93.
In other news, Director Erich Platzer sold 20,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, March 19th. The stock was sold at an average price of $2.19, for a total transaction of $43,800.00. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. In the last 90 days, insiders have bought 27,500 shares of company stock valued at $51,300. Corporate insiders own 7.34% of the company’s stock.
Large investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC boosted its holdings in shares of Aptose Biosciences by 37.3% during the first quarter. Patriot Financial Group Insurance Agency LLC now owns 78,829 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $158,000 after acquiring an additional 21,400 shares during the period. Noven Financial Group Inc. bought a new stake in shares of Aptose Biosciences during the fourth quarter worth approximately $27,000. Virtu Financial LLC bought a new stake in shares of Aptose Biosciences during the first quarter worth approximately $198,000. Boston Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Aptose Biosciences during the first quarter worth approximately $36,000. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Aptose Biosciences during the fourth quarter worth approximately $33,000. Institutional investors own 7.53% of the company’s stock.
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About Aptose Biosciences (NASDAQ:APTO)
Aptose Biosciences Inc, a clinical-stage biotechnology company, discovers and develops personalized therapies addressing unmet medical needs in oncology in Canada. Its lead clinical program is APTO-253, which is a Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory hematologic malignancies.
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