Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI)
Shares of Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI) more than doubled in value after the biopharmaceutical company said it will make a key presentation at the 2017 Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) Annual Meeting. The stock was also up by 123% after analysts at Wells Fargo upgraded the stock to an ‘outperform’.
Wells Fargo Upgrade
Thursday’s rally brought an end to a sell-off that has plagued the stock since April. The stock of Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI) came under pressure after rising to $3.50 a share, resulting in a drop below $1 a share. Infinity stock is now up by more than 130% for the year, after closing above $3.50.
Analysts at Wells Fargo believe the stock has some room to run on the upside as infinity Pharmaceuticals moves to make a presentation on IPI-549, an orally administered immuno-oncology development candidate.
IPI-549 has the potential to treat a broad range of solid tumors. Wells Fargo analyst Jim Birchenough believes the cancer therapy has a high likelihood of proof of concept data.
” … With likely validation of tumor macrophage targeting in immuno-oncology and a unique mechanism of action, we see upside potential not reflected at current stock price,” Birchenough said.
The analyst has since increased his share price target on the stock from $1 to $5 a share.
Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI) is to make a presentation on a Phase 1/1b clinical study which is evaluating the safety and activity of IPI-549. The company is investigating the candidate drug as a monotherapy and in combination with Opdivo for patients struggling with advanced tumors. Reports indicate that IPI-549 could be the only P13K-gamma inhibitor in clinical development.
Wider Than Expected Net Loss
Development of IPI-549 and the Wells Fargo update has helped renew investor interest in infinity Pharmaceutical after a wider than expected second-quarter net loss triggered a sell-off. The biopharmaceutical company reported a net loss of (-$0.34) cents a share wider than consensus estimates of a net loss of (-$0.22) cents a share.
Since Infinity Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:INFI) does not have any approved product in the market, it likely needs to get everything right on the development of IPI-549 if it is to continue trading at higher levels. The company did not generate any revenues in the recent quarter compared to collaboration revenues of $9.5 million reported last year – mostly from royalty, license and milestone payments.
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