Friday’s Highlights at Noon: Novavax (NVAX), CenturyLink Inc (CTL), uniQure NV (QURE), Aerie Pharma (AERI), Mosaic Co (MOS)

By Carrie Williams

So far Friday, September 13, NASDAQ is up 0.27% and the S&P is down -0.18%. Here are this morning’s most active stocks: Novavax (NVAXResearch Report), CenturyLink Inc (CTLResearch Report), uniQure NV (QUREResearch Report), Aerie Pharma (AERIResearch Report) and Mosaic Co (MOSResearch Report).

Novavax is up 12.69% in midday trading to $6.33. Shares opened today at $5.62. The company has a 52-week low of $4.01 and a 52-week high of $51.60. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $26.88, marking a 378.29% potential upside from current levels. In a report issued on September 10, Oppenheimer analyst Kevin DeGeeter reiterated a Buy rating on NVAX, with a price target of $13, which represents a potential upside of 131% from where the stock is currently trading. In the last 30 days, insiders have sold $31.91K worth of NVAX shares and purchased $32.4K worth of NVAX shares. Over the last 3 months, the insider sentiment on Novavax has been negative based on 7 corporate insider transactions. This sentiment is lower than the average sector sentiment of insiders.

CenturyLink Inc is down -5.08% in midday trading to $12.88. Shares opened today at $13.57. The company has a 52-week low of $9.64 and a 52-week high of $23.23. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $11.75, marking a -13.41% potential downside from current levels. In a report issued on August 12, Wells Fargo analyst Jennifer Fritzsche reiterated a Buy rating on CTL, with a price target of $14, which represents a slight upside potential from current levels. Separately, on August 8, RBC’s Jonathan Atkin maintained a Hold rating on the stock and has a price target of $13.

uniQure NV is down -4.64% in midday trading to $46.49. Shares opened today at $48.75. The company has a 52-week low of $21.98 and a 52-week high of $82.49. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $94.00, marking a 92.82% potential upside from current levels. In a report issued on September 11, Mizuho analyst Difei Yang initiated coverage with a Buy rating on QURE and a price target of $67, which implies an upside of 37% from current levels. Separately, on July 29, Guggenheim’s Whitney Ijem downgraded the stock to Hold .

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Aerie Pharma is down -4.24% in midday trading to $22.36. Shares opened today at $23.35. The company has a 52-week low of $18.02 and a 52-week high of $63.20. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $63.50, marking a 171.95% potential upside from current levels. In a report released today, Mizuho analyst Difei Yang maintained a Buy rating on AERI, with a price target of $63, which represents a potential upside of 170% from where the stock is currently trading. In the last 30 days, insiders purchased $22.41M worth of AERI shares. Over the last 3 months, the insider sentiment on Aerie Pharma has been positive based on 48 corporate insider transactions. This sentiment is slightly higher than the average sector sentiment of insiders.

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Mosaic Co is up 4.16% in midday trading to $23.05. Shares opened today at $22.13. The company has a 52-week low of $17.36 and a 52-week high of $37.37. On the Street’s front, the average 12-month analyst price target for the stock is $28.00, marking a 26.53% potential upside from current levels. In a report issued on September 7, CFRA analyst Christopher Muir maintained a Buy rating on MOS, with a price target of $27, which implies an upside of 22% from current levels. Separately, on August 19, Berenberg Bank’s Sebastian Bray maintained a Hold rating on the stock and has a price target of $25. In the last 30 days, insiders purchased $249.7K worth of MOS shares. Over the last 3 months, the insider sentiment on Mosaic Co has been positive based on 30 corporate insider transactions. This sentiment is slightly higher than the average sector sentiment of insiders.

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