Protagonist Therapeutics Inc (PTGX) Receives Consensus Recommendation of “Hold” from Brokerages

Protagonist Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:PTGX) has received an average recommendation of “Hold” from the six analysts that are presently covering the stock, MarketBeat.com reports. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating on the company. The average 12-month target price among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $37.00.

PTGX has been the topic of several recent research reports. BMO Capital Markets increased their price objective on Protagonist Therapeutics from $40.00 to $43.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, November 7th. Zacks Investment Research upgraded Protagonist Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $19.00 price objective on the stock in a research report on Saturday, November 11th. BidaskClub lowered Protagonist Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Tuesday, December 12th. Finally, Stifel Nicolaus initiated coverage on Protagonist Therapeutics in a research report on Monday, January 29th. They set a “buy” rating and a $32.00 price objective on the stock.

In related news, insider Richard S. Shames sold 3,529 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, December 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.50, for a total transaction of $72,344.50. Following the transaction, the insider now directly owns 3,529 shares in the company, valued at approximately $72,344.50. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink. Also, CFO Thomas P. O’neil sold 8,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, December 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $20.00, for a total value of $160,000.00. Following the transaction, the chief financial officer now owns 4,000 shares in the company, valued at $80,000. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 15,944 shares of company stock worth $319,839. 15.50% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.

A number of institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of the stock. California State Teachers Retirement System grew its position in Protagonist Therapeutics by 8.5% during the 2nd quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 16,600 shares of the company’s stock worth $188,000 after acquiring an additional 1,300 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp grew its position in Protagonist Therapeutics by 5.7% during the 2nd quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 27,626 shares of the company’s stock worth $313,000 after acquiring an additional 1,478 shares during the last quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN grew its position in Protagonist Therapeutics by 60.8% during the 3rd quarter. Wells Fargo & Company MN now owns 9,565 shares of the company’s stock worth $169,000 after acquiring an additional 3,617 shares during the last quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC grew its position in Protagonist Therapeutics by 19.5% during the 2nd quarter. TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC now owns 23,372 shares of the company’s stock worth $264,000 after acquiring an additional 3,812 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC grew its position in Protagonist Therapeutics by 33.1% during the 4th quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 21,593 shares of the company’s stock worth $449,000 after acquiring an additional 5,375 shares during the last quarter. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 47.54% of the company’s stock.

Protagonist Therapeutics (NASDAQ:PTGX) opened at $16.89 on Friday. The company has a market capitalization of $338.94, a PE ratio of -6.28 and a beta of -0.80. Protagonist Therapeutics has a 1 year low of $8.00 and a 1 year high of $23.75.

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About Protagonist Therapeutics

Protagonist Therapeutics, Inc is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company with a peptide technology platform focused on discovering and developing new chemical entities (NECs) to address significant unmet medical needs. The Company’s product pipeline includes PTG-100, PTG-200 and PTG-300. Its primary focus is on developing oral peptide drugs that target biological pathways also targeted by marketed injectable antibody drugs.

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