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Former Pacific Biosciences employee charged with insider trading

On July 10, the SEC charged a former research and development scientist at a California biotech company with insider trading in advance of three positive company announcements. According to the SEC's complaint, former company scientist Gene Shen had access to material nonpublic information concerning Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc.'s progress towards meeting product development milestones related to a new genetic sequencing platform. Achievement of the milestones entitled the company to significant payments under a product development agreement. Shen allegedly used this confidential information to illegally profit by purchasing shares in advance of three announcements concerning the achievement of those milestones. The SEC alleges that Shen's purchases took place during company blackout periods and in brokerage accounts that were not at the company's designated brokerage firm - both of which were expressly prohibited by the company's insider trading policy. The SEC's complaint also alleges that Shen shared material nonpublic information before the third announcement with a relative, with the intention that the relative trade and benefit from the trading. The relative purchased company shares one day before the announcement. The SEC's complaint, which was filed in the Northern District of California, seeks a permanent injunction along with the return of allegedly ill-gotten gains plus interest and a penalty. Shen agreed to a settlement that is subject to court approval. Without admitting or denying the allegations, Shen agreed to pay a total of $88,192, consisting of disgorgement of $40,622 plus prejudgment interest of $4,228, and a penalty of $43,342. Shen also agreed to be enjoined from future securities law violations.

PACB Pacific Biosciences
$3.72

-0.03 (-0.80%)

04/13/18
PIPR
04/13/18
NO CHANGE
Target $3.8
PIPR
Neutral
Pacific Biosciences Sequel installs could be light in Q1, says Piper Jaffray
Following his quarterly channel checks, Piper Jaffray analyst William Quirk lowered his estimated Sequel installs for Pacific Biosciences' Q1 to 26 from 30. The analyst believes there could be some risk to the quarter based on the light amount of suggested installs. Quirk keeps a Neutral rating on Pacific Biosciences with a $3.80 price target.
11/03/17
FANA
11/03/17
DOWNGRADE
Target $4
FANA
Equal-Weight
Pacific Biosciences downgraded to Equal-Weight at First Analysis
First Analysis analyst Joseph Munda downgraded Pacific Biosciences to Equal Weight from Overweight and cut his price target for the shares to $4 from $7. The analyst says concerns regarding competition and the company's sales strategy have begun to outweigh his positive view of its technology and opportunity following the Q3 sales miss and guidance reduction.
09/28/17
KING
09/28/17
DOWNGRADE
KING
Neutral
Pacific Biosciences downgraded to Neutral from Buy at CL King
CL King analyst David Westenberg downgraded Pacific Biosciences to Neutral due to fair valuation and raised his fair value estimate to $6.80 from $5.60.
07/20/17
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PIPR
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Pacific Biosciences checks imply potential Q2 downside, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst William Quirk says his channel checks found 13 Sequel systems in the quarter, down sequentially from 21 found in Q1 and 13 in Q4. Pacific Biosciences typically places two times the channel check, which would imply 26 systems in the quarter, Quirk tells investors in a research note. He lowered his 33 estimate to 30 and sees risk to Q2 numbers. The analyst keeps a Neutral rating on Pacific Biosciences and dropped his price target for the shares to $4.80 from $5.10.

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