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Why CRISPR Therapeutics AG (CRSP) is a Top Stock for the Long-Term

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Focus List Spotlight: CRISPR Therapeutics AG (CRSP)

Switzerland-based CRISPR Therapeutics AG is a leading gene editing company focused on developing CRISPR/Cas9-based therapeutics. The company is rapidly leveraging its CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing platform to make therapies for the treatment of hemoglobinopathies, cancer, diabetes and other diseases.

Since being added to the Focus List on May 18, 2021 at $109.22 per share, shares of CRSP have increased 7.51% to $117.42. The stock is currently a #3 (Hold) on the Zacks Rank.

Four analysts revised their earnings estimate upwards in the last 60 days for fiscal 2021. The Zacks Consensus Estimate has increased $3.67 to $4.81. CRSP boasts an average earnings surprise of 21.6%.

Additionally, CRSP's earnings are expected to grow 190.9% for the current fiscal year.

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