Natera (NTRA) Lifted to Hold at BidaskClub

Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) was upgraded by research analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report issued on Tuesday.

Several other equities research analysts have also recently issued reports on the stock. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Natera from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Thursday, October 26th. Morgan Stanley reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $16.00 price target (up from $13.00) on shares of Natera in a research note on Friday, October 6th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $15.00 price target on shares of Natera in a research note on Tuesday, November 14th. Cowen reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 price target on shares of Natera in a research note on Thursday, December 21st. Finally, Robert W. Baird reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Natera in a research note on Tuesday, October 24th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company. Natera currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $14.50.

Natera (NTRA) opened at $11.59 on Tuesday. The company has a current ratio of 1.85, a quick ratio of 1.75 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.43. Natera has a twelve month low of $7.35 and a twelve month high of $14.76. The firm has a market cap of $642.54, a PE ratio of -4.73 and a beta of 2.07.

Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) last released its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 8th. The medical research company reported ($0.51) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.47) by ($0.04). Natera had a negative return on equity of 197.09% and a negative net margin of 62.34%. The firm had revenue of $56.66 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $55.31 million. During the same period in the prior year, the business earned ($0.50) earnings per share. Natera’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.1% on a year-over-year basis. equities research analysts anticipate that Natera will post -2.15 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. Tygh Capital Management Inc. acquired a new stake in shares of Natera during the 3rd quarter worth about $2,794,000. Macquarie Group Ltd. boosted its stake in shares of Natera by 112.3% during the 2nd quarter. Macquarie Group Ltd. now owns 1,061,880 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $11,532,000 after purchasing an additional 561,659 shares during the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. boosted its position in shares of Natera by 12.6% in the second quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 2,261,052 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $24,555,000 after acquiring an additional 253,344 shares during the last quarter. Northern Trust Corp boosted its position in shares of Natera by 21.0% in the second quarter. Northern Trust Corp now owns 352,808 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $3,831,000 after acquiring an additional 61,226 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. boosted its position in shares of Natera by 20.9% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 109,594 shares of the medical research company’s stock worth $1,191,000 after acquiring an additional 18,970 shares during the last quarter. 66.46% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

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About Natera

Natera, Inc is a diagnostics company. The Company is engaged in the discovery, development and commercialization of genetic testing services. It offers Panorama Non-Invasive Prenatal Test that screens for chromosomal abnormalities of a fetus with a blood draw from the mother; Horizon Carrier Screening to determine carrier status for a large number of severe genetic diseases that could be passed on to the carrier’s children; Spectrum Pre-implantation Genetic Screening and Spectrum Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis to analyze chromosomal anomalies or inherited genetic conditions during an in vitro fertilization cycle to select embryos with the probability of becoming healthy children; Anora Products of Conception test to analyze fetal chromosomes to understand the cause of miscarriage, and Non-Invasive Paternity Testing, to determine paternity by analyzing the fragments of fetal deoxyribonucleic acid in a pregnant mother’s blood and a blood sample from the alleged father(s).

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