Synthetic Biologics Inc (NYSEMKT:SYN) was downgraded by equities researchers at BidaskClub from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued on Saturday.

SYN has been the subject of a number of other research reports. Zacks Investment Research cut Synthetic Biologics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 18th. ValuEngine upgraded Synthetic Biologics from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Friday, August 18th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, three have issued a hold rating and two have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $3.92.

Synthetic Biologics (NYSEMKT:SYN) opened at $0.79 on Friday. Synthetic Biologics has a one year low of $0.41 and a one year high of $1.60.

Synthetic Biologics (NYSEMKT:SYN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 1st. The company reported ($0.14) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.04) by ($0.10).

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A number of institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of SYN. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. increased its position in Synthetic Biologics by 8,102.7% during the second quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 1,129,108 shares of the company’s stock valued at $639,000 after acquiring an additional 1,115,343 shares during the last quarter. LMR Partners LLP purchased a new stake in Synthetic Biologics during the second quarter valued at $194,000. Susquehanna International Group LLP grew its holdings in Synthetic Biologics by 76.4% during the second quarter. Susquehanna International Group LLP now owns 189,342 shares of the company’s stock valued at $107,000 after purchasing an additional 82,030 shares during the period. Creative Planning grew its holdings in Synthetic Biologics by 65.4% during the second quarter. Creative Planning now owns 177,000 shares of the company’s stock valued at $100,000 after purchasing an additional 70,000 shares during the period. Finally, UBS Group AG grew its holdings in Synthetic Biologics by 10.3% during the first quarter. UBS Group AG now owns 214,357 shares of the company’s stock valued at $135,000 after purchasing an additional 20,038 shares during the period.

About Synthetic Biologics

Synthetic Biologics, Inc is a clinical-stage company. The Company is engaged in developing therapeutics to protect the gut microbiome while targeting pathogen-specific diseases. The Company’s lead product candidates in Phase II development are SYN-010, which is intended to reduce the impact of methane-producing organisms in the gut microbiome to treat an underlying cause of irritable bowel syndrome with constipation (IBS-C), and SYN-004, which is designed to protect the gut microbiome (gastrointestinal (GI) microflora) from the effects of certain commonly used intravenous (IV) antibiotics for the prevention of C.

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