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Bluebird reports 1Q loss

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ Bluebird Bio Inc. (BLUE) on Wednesday reported a loss of $68.7 million in its first quarter.

The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company said it had a loss of $1.68 per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of $1.72 per share.

The biotechnology company posted revenue of $6.8 million in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.5 million.

Bluebird shares have risen 41 percent since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $87.25, more than doubling in the last 12 months.

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