-$0.43 Earnings Per Share Expected for Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) This Quarter

Equities analysts forecast that Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) will announce earnings of ($0.43) per share for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks reports. Three analysts have provided estimates for Nektar Therapeutics’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is ($0.60) and the highest is ($0.11). Nektar Therapeutics reported earnings of ($0.42) per share in the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 2.4%. The company is scheduled to report its next quarterly earnings report on Tuesday, May 8th.

According to Zacks, analysts expect that Nektar Therapeutics will report full-year earnings of ($1.33) per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($2.16) to ($0.51). For the next year, analysts anticipate that the company will post earnings of ($1.41) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($3.64) to $0.99. Zacks Investment Research’s EPS averages are an average based on a survey of sell-side research analysts that follow Nektar Therapeutics.

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Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 1st. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.21) earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.35) by $0.14. Nektar Therapeutics had a negative return on equity of 156.85% and a negative net margin of 31.42%. The firm had revenue of $95.47 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $36.96 million. During the same period last year, the business posted ($0.28) EPS. The business’s revenue was up 154.9% compared to the same quarter last year.

A number of analysts have weighed in on the company. HC Wainwright set a $125.00 price target on Nektar Therapeutics and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Monday. Mizuho increased their price target on Nektar Therapeutics from $89.00 to $103.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday. BidaskClub upgraded Nektar Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, March 21st. Cowen reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $101.00 price target on shares of Nektar Therapeutics in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Finally, Jefferies Group increased their price target on Nektar Therapeutics to $103.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, March 2nd. Three equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $63.75.

In other news, SVP Stephen K. Doberstein sold 2,426 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The shares were sold at an average price of $82.94, for a total transaction of $201,212.44. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 67,394 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $5,589,658.36. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, COO John Nicholson sold 4,879 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Friday, February 16th. The stock was sold at an average price of $82.94, for a total transaction of $404,664.26. Following the transaction, the chief operating officer now directly owns 387,657 shares in the company, valued at approximately $32,152,271.58. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders have sold a total of 369,592 shares of company stock worth $34,241,981 in the last three months. Insiders own 5.44% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NKTR. BB&T Investment Services Inc. bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth about $119,000. Meeder Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth about $121,000. Oppenheimer Asset Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 3rd quarter worth about $129,000. Certified Advisory Corp bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth about $148,000. Finally, SeaCrest Wealth Management LLC bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 4th quarter worth about $200,000. 96.22% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

Nektar Therapeutics stock traded up $10.58 during trading hours on Monday, reaching $104.45. 2,857,531 shares of the company’s stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 3,136,327. The company has a current ratio of 5.82, a quick ratio of 5.63 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.79. Nektar Therapeutics has a twelve month low of $17.33 and a twelve month high of $111.36. The company has a market cap of $15,105.83, a P/E ratio of -189.91 and a beta of 1.73.

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Nektar Therapeutics Company Profile

Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. The Company’s research and development pipeline of new investigational drugs includes treatments for cancer, auto-immune disease and chronic pain. It leverages its chemistry platform to discover and design new drug candidates.

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