Agios Stock Rises on Higher Trading Volumes on June 8



Agios moves up

On June 8, Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) was the biggest gainer in the mid-cap space of the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI). AGIO rose by 7.3% and outperformed the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY).

On the other hand, Intrexon (XON) underperformed the most within XBI and fell by 7.4%. Please read Part 1 of this series for further details.

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Agios’s trends

Agios (AGIO) rose on higher trading volumes, although there was no specific reason for its upward movement. Approximately 1.4 million shares were traded compared to its three-month average trading volume of ~686,000 shares per day.

Agios is up by 1.8% on a year-to-date basis. Approximately 19.6% of its total outstanding shares are short. Agios’s 52-week low is $33.50, and its 52-week high is $124.12. The relative strength index (or RSI) of Agios is 67, indicating that the stock is moving toward an overbought situation.

Agios has a book value of $8.77 per share. At its current price, the stock is trading at a price-to-book value of ~7.5x. Among Agios’s mid-caps peers, Ligand Pharmaceuticals (LGND), Myriad Genetics (MYGN), and Juno Therapeutics (JUNO) are trading at price-to-book values of 6.3x, 3.2x, and 4.1x, respectively, which is lower than Agios’s price-to-book value.

Analyst recommendations and estimates

The analyst consensus expects Agios’s (AGIO) 12-month target to be $56.50, representing a return potential of -14.5%. Three analysts recommended a “buy” for the stock, eight analysts recommended a “hold,” and no analysts recommended a “sell” for the stock. Agios has a weight of 2.2% in XBI’s portfolio.


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