Headlines about Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) have trended somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment Analysis. Accern identifies negative and positive news coverage by analyzing more than twenty million news and blog sources. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Inovio Pharmaceuticals earned a coverage optimism score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news headlines about the biopharmaceutical company an impact score of 46.3268297300695 out of 100, meaning that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

These are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Inovio Pharmaceuticals remained flat at $$4.32 during midday trading on Friday, Marketbeat Ratings reports. 371,226 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 765,873. Inovio Pharmaceuticals has a 12-month low of $3.64 and a 12-month high of $7.00. The stock has a market cap of $392.96 million, a P/E ratio of -3.96 and a beta of 2.64.

Inovio Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:INO) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, May 9th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.36) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.14) by ($0.22). Inovio Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 72.04% and a negative net margin of 292.06%. The firm had revenue of $1.53 million for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $7.50 million. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.31) EPS. analysts forecast that Inovio Pharmaceuticals will post -1.34 EPS for the current year.

A number of brokerages have recently commented on INO. BidaskClub raised shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, May 18th. HC Wainwright set a $13.00 target price on shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, May 16th. ValuEngine raised shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Friday, May 18th. Finally, Maxim Group set a $8.00 target price on shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 11th. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $11.25.

In related news, CFO Peter Kies sold 35,000 shares of Inovio Pharmaceuticals stock in a transaction on Tuesday, July 10th. The shares were sold at an average price of $4.44, for a total transaction of $155,400.00. Following the sale, the chief financial officer now owns 97,088 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $431,070.72. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 9.40% of the company’s stock.

About Inovio Pharmaceuticals

Inovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company, develops active DNA immunotherapies and vaccines to prevent and treat cancers and infectious diseases. Its SynCon immunotherapy design has the ability to break the immune system's tolerance of cancerous cells, as well as is intended to facilitate cross-strain protection against known, as well as new unmatched strains of pathogens, such as influenza.

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