ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (ZIOP) Position Cut by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Canada Pension Plan Investment Board decreased its position in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (NASDAQ:ZIOP) by 71.3% during the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent disclosure with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The fund owned 46,600 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after selling 115,800 shares during the quarter. Canada Pension Plan Investment Board’s holdings in ZIOPHARM Oncology were worth $286,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission.

Other large investors have also recently bought and sold shares of the company. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company raised its position in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 8.2% in the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 104,447 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $649,000 after acquiring an additional 7,946 shares during the period. State Street Corp raised its position in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology by 12.8% during the 2nd quarter. State Street Corp now owns 4,556,264 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $28,342,000 after purchasing an additional 517,057 shares during the period. Tudor Investment Corp ET AL raised its position in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology by 390.4% during the 2nd quarter. Tudor Investment Corp ET AL now owns 63,304 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $394,000 after purchasing an additional 50,395 shares during the period. Voya Investment Management LLC raised its position in shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology by 21.9% during the 2nd quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 60,782 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $378,000 after purchasing an additional 10,913 shares during the period. Finally, Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC increased its holdings in ZIOPHARM Oncology by 6.0% in the 2nd quarter. Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC now owns 85,837 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $534,000 after acquiring an additional 4,826 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 40.25% of the company’s stock.

A number of analysts have issued reports on the stock. ValuEngine upgraded shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Monday, August 28th. BidaskClub cut shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, August 14th. HC Wainwright reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $9.50 price objective on shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of ZIOPHARM Oncology from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $5.25 price target for the company in a research note on Friday, November 10th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The company presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $12.58.

ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. (ZIOP) traded up $0.34 during trading hours on Thursday, hitting $4.34. 2,250,398 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,387,043. ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. has a twelve month low of $3.90 and a twelve month high of $7.88.

ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Monday, November 6th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.13) EPS for the quarter, hitting the consensus estimate of ($0.13). The firm had revenue of $1.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.66 million. The company’s revenue was up .0% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter last year, the firm earned ($0.11) EPS. sell-side analysts expect that ZIOPHARM Oncology Inc. will post -0.54 earnings per share for the current year.

In related news, CEO Laurence James Neil Cooper bought 6,440 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, November 8th. The shares were bought at an average price of $4.68 per share, with a total value of $30,139.20. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 1,083,731 shares in the company, valued at $5,071,861.08. The acquisition was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. 10.40% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

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ZIOPHARM Oncology Profile

ZIOPHARM Oncology, Inc is a biopharmaceutical company, which is seeking to develop, acquire and commercialize, on its own or with partners, a portfolio of cancer therapies that address unmet medical needs. The Company is focused on developing products in immuno-oncology that employ gene expression, control and cell technologies to deliver cell- and viral-based therapies for the treatment of cancer and graft-versus-host-disease.

Institutional Ownership by Quarter for ZIOPHARM Oncology (NASDAQ:ZIOP)

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