Atara Biotherapeutics (ATRA) Upgraded to “Buy” by BidaskClub

BidaskClub upgraded shares of Atara Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ:ATRA) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Thursday, January 11th.

Other analysts have also issued research reports about the stock. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a buy rating on shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in a report on Friday, December 29th. Jefferies Group reissued a buy rating and issued a $30.00 price target on shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in a report on Thursday, October 5th. ValuEngine raised shares of Atara Biotherapeutics from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, December 29th. Citigroup raised shares of Atara Biotherapeutics from a sell rating to a neutral rating and set a $18.00 price target for the company in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. Finally, Goldman Sachs Group reissued a neutral rating and issued a $20.00 price target on shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in a report on Friday, October 6th. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have assigned a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock presently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $30.60.

Atara Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ ATRA) traded down $2.90 during midday trading on Thursday, hitting $33.05. 1,166,151 shares of the stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,260,000. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,010.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of -9.52 and a beta of 2.71. Atara Biotherapeutics has a 12 month low of $11.80 and a 12 month high of $40.75.

Atara Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ:ATRA) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 9th. The biotechnology company reported ($1.02) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.97) by ($0.05). research analysts forecast that Atara Biotherapeutics will post -4 earnings per share for the current year.

In other Atara Biotherapeutics news, EVP Gad Soffer sold 7,000 shares of Atara Biotherapeutics stock in a transaction on Friday, November 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.00, for a total transaction of $105,000.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 166,342 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,495,130. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CEO Isaac E. Ciechanover sold 48,500 shares of Atara Biotherapeutics stock in a transaction on Wednesday, January 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $34.58, for a total transaction of $1,677,130.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 348,978 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $12,067,659.24. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 264,088 shares of company stock valued at $6,442,371. 16.20% of the stock is currently owned by company insiders.

Institutional investors and hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics during the third quarter worth $142,000. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics during the third quarter worth $170,000. Voya Investment Management LLC boosted its position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 16.2% during the second quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 11,813 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $165,000 after purchasing an additional 1,651 shares in the last quarter. State of Wisconsin Investment Board bought a new position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics during the second quarter worth $252,000. Finally, The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company boosted its position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 7.2% during the second quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 20,377 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $285,000 after purchasing an additional 1,369 shares in the last quarter. 69.71% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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Atara Biotherapeutics Company Profile

Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is focused on developing therapies for patients with severe and life-threatening diseases. The Company operates through the business of developing and commercializing therapeutics segment. The Company is focused on developing allogeneic or third-party derived antigen-specific T-cells.

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