Merus N.V. (Nasdaq: MRUS) Up Big on Collaboration Agreement with Incyte Corp (Nasdaq: INCY)

Merus N.V.; Nasdaq: MRUS

Shares of Netherlands-based Merus N.V. are up over 45% today on heavy volumes. Traded on the Nasdaq under ticker symbol MRUS, shares closed yesterday at $14.15 but today MRUS has hit an intraday high of $22.19 on news of a collaboration agreement with Incyte Corporation (Nasdaq: INCY). 

Merus is a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company developing innovative bispecific antibody therapeutics with the goal of treating and potentially curing cancer patients. The global, strategic collaboration agreement focuses on the research, discovery and development of bispecific antibodies utilizing Merus’ proprietary Biclonics® technology platform. The Collaboration and License Agreement grants Incyte the exclusive rights for up to eleven bispecific antibody research programs, including two of Merus’ current preclinical immuno-oncology discovery programs. 

From the joint press release:

“This transformative, global collaboration further underscores the potential of Merus’ Biclonics® technology platform and establishes a strong relationship with Incyte, a leader in innovative drug development,” said Ton Logtenberg, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Merus. “We look forward to expanding our pipeline under this agreement, as we efficiently exploit our preclinical discovery engine and progress our most advanced, proprietary assets in the clinic.”

MRUS was trading below $8.00 in June. Three analysts follow MRUS and all have assigned MRUS a rating of “Strong Buy”.

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Ticker Symbol MRUS
Last Price a/o 1:41 PM EST  $             21.00
Average Volume 6,260
Market Cap $233.3 million
Sales $3.6 milion
Shares Outstanding 16.49 million
Share Float 13.25 million
Shortable Yes
Optionable No
Inside Ownership
Short Float 0.08%
Short Interest Ratio 1.73
Quarterly Return 32.74%
YTD Return 40.94%
Year Return

Author: Marcus Anderson

Marc Anderson is a pseudonym. Marc has worked for global investment firms in Europe and the United States as an analyst, fund manager, and consultant.

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