Natera, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) Given Buy Rating at Robert W. Baird

Robert W. Baird reaffirmed their buy rating on shares of Natera, Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) in a report issued on Tuesday, October 24th.

A number of other equities analysts also recently issued reports on NTRA. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Natera from a sell rating to a buy rating and set a $9.25 price objective for the company in a report on Thursday, August 10th. Cowen and Company restated a buy rating and set a $14.00 price target on shares of Natera in a report on Friday, September 1st. BidaskClub upgraded Natera from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Wednesday, August 23rd. Morgan Stanley dropped their price objective on Natera from $18.00 to $13.00 and set an overweight rating on the stock in a research report on Monday, August 7th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Natera from a strong sell rating to a sell rating in a research report on Thursday, August 10th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have given a hold rating and four have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Natera presently has a consensus rating of Hold and a consensus price target of $15.25.

Shares of Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) opened at $9.19 on Tuesday. Natera has a one year low of $7.35 and a one year high of $14.76.

Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The medical research company reported ($0.51) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.47) by ($0.04). The business had revenue of $56.66 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $55.31 million. Natera had a negative net margin of 62.34% and a negative return on equity of 167.13%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.1% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the previous year, the business posted ($0.50) EPS. analysts expect that Natera will post -2.12 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

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In related news, insider Jonathan Sheena sold 120,000 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction on Wednesday, September 6th. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.54, for a total transaction of $1,504,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 533,208 shares in the company, valued at approximately $6,686,428.32. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. 12.57% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the business. Virtu KCG Holdings LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Natera in the 2nd quarter worth $126,000. American International Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Natera by 7.1% in the 1st quarter. American International Group Inc. now owns 16,065 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $142,000 after acquiring an additional 1,068 shares in the last quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA raised its position in shares of Natera by 1.2% in the 1st quarter. Massachusetts Financial Services Co. MA now owns 16,118 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $143,000 after acquiring an additional 194 shares in the last quarter. Los Angeles Capital Management & Equity Research Inc. bought a new position in shares of Natera in the 2nd quarter worth $151,000. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. raised its position in shares of Natera by 45.3% in the 1st quarter. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. now owns 17,386 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $154,000 after acquiring an additional 5,417 shares in the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 59.89% of the company’s stock.

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