Opko Health Inc. (NASDAQ:OPK) gapped up prior to trading on Friday after an insider bought additional shares in the company. The stock had previously closed at $2.36, but opened at $2.42. Opko Health shares last traded at $2.51, with a volume of 10127834 shares traded.

Specifically, CEO Phillip Md Et Al Frost acquired 15,000 shares of Opko Health stock in a transaction on Monday, January 14th. The stock was acquired at an average price of $3.74 per share, for a total transaction of $56,100.00. Following the purchase, the chief executive officer now owns 3,068,951 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $11,477,876.74. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Vice Chairman Jane Ph D. Hsiao acquired 10,000 shares of Opko Health stock in a transaction on Thursday, January 31st. The shares were bought at an average price of $7.96 per share, with a total value of $79,600.00. Following the purchase, the insider now directly owns 24,455,147 shares in the company, valued at approximately $194,662,970.12. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have acquired 1,158,000 shares of company stock valued at $3,361,580. 42.74% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

A number of research firms have weighed in on OPK. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Opko Health from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $4.00 price objective for the company in a research note on Friday, November 30th. ValuEngine upgraded Opko Health from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, January 2nd. Finally, Barrington Research reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $5.00 price objective on shares of Opko Health in a research note on Thursday, February 28th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and three have assigned a buy rating to the company. Opko Health currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $9.67.

The company has a market cap of $1.55 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of -10.04 and a beta of 1.88. The company has a quick ratio of 0.96, a current ratio of 1.10 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.03.

Several institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. BlackRock Inc. increased its stake in shares of Opko Health by 1.4% in the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 30,276,662 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $91,133,000 after purchasing an additional 408,951 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc increased its stake in shares of Opko Health by 2.1% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc now owns 29,660,750 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $102,626,000 after purchasing an additional 614,442 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. increased its stake in shares of Opko Health by 2.1% in the 3rd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 29,660,750 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $102,626,000 after purchasing an additional 614,442 shares in the last quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP increased its stake in shares of Opko Health by 25.3% in the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 4,440,784 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $15,363,000 after purchasing an additional 897,406 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Opko Health by 4.2% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 4,078,397 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $12,275,000 after purchasing an additional 165,517 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 23.73% of the company’s stock.

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Opko Health Company Profile (NASDAQ:OPK)

OPKO Health, Inc, a healthcare company, engages in the diagnostics and pharmaceuticals business in the United States, Ireland, Chile, Spain, Israel, Mexico, and internationally. The company's Diagnostics segment operates Bio-Reference Laboratories, a clinical laboratory that offers laboratory testing services in the detection, diagnosis, evaluation, monitoring, and treatment of diseases.

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