Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) Price Target Raised to $89.00

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) had its price objective upped by Mizuho from $45.00 to $89.00 in a research note issued on Monday. The firm presently has a “buy” rating on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Mizuho’s price target suggests a potential upside of 24.32% from the company’s previous close.

NKTR has been the subject of several other research reports. Roth Capital set a $45.00 target price on shares of Nektar Therapeutics and gave the company a “buy” rating in a report on Monday, November 13th. Canaccord Genuity Group raised their price objective on shares of Nektar Therapeutics from $35.00 to $50.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Jefferies Group raised their price objective on shares of Nektar Therapeutics from $2.12 to $88.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, January 16th. Cowen began coverage on shares of Nektar Therapeutics in a report on Tuesday, November 7th. They set an “outperform” rating for the company. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. restated a “buy” rating and set a $44.00 price objective on shares of Nektar Therapeutics in a report on Monday, November 13th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and twelve have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $46.17.

Shares of Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) opened at $71.59 on Monday. The company has a market cap of $11,273.11, a PE ratio of -99.43 and a beta of 1.81. The company has a quick ratio of 3.99, a current ratio of 4.14 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 2.91. Nektar Therapeutics has a 1-year low of $11.41 and a 1-year high of $75.33.

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) last announced its earnings results on Tuesday, November 7th. The biopharmaceutical company reported $0.37 EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.21 by $0.16. The company had revenue of $152.90 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $126.50 million. Nektar Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 42.08% and a negative return on equity of 190.68%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 321.2% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company posted ($0.32) earnings per share. sell-side analysts expect that Nektar Therapeutics will post -0.76 EPS for the current year.

In other news, SVP Maninder Hora sold 5,117 shares of Nektar Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 6th. The shares were sold at an average price of $25.07, for a total value of $128,283.19. Following the completion of the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 52,016 shares in the company, valued at $1,304,041.12. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Director Christopher A. Kuebler sold 30,000 shares of Nektar Therapeutics stock in a transaction dated Tuesday, January 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $58.66, for a total transaction of $1,759,800.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 70,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $4,135,530. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 614,017 shares of company stock valued at $20,587,527 in the last quarter. Corporate insiders own 5.44% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently bought and sold shares of NKTR. Janus Henderson Group PLC purchased a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics in the second quarter worth about $34,661,000. PointState Capital LP increased its stake in shares of Nektar Therapeutics by 281.7% in the second quarter. PointState Capital LP now owns 1,731,000 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $33,841,000 after purchasing an additional 1,277,500 shares in the last quarter. Rubric Capital Management LP purchased a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics in the third quarter worth about $23,924,000. State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Nektar Therapeutics by 11.3% in the second quarter. State Street Corp now owns 4,408,270 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $86,179,000 after purchasing an additional 447,023 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Numeric Investors LLC increased its stake in shares of Nektar Therapeutics by 2,111.5% in the second quarter. Numeric Investors LLC now owns 440,729 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $8,616,000 after purchasing an additional 420,800 shares in the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 96.00% of the company’s stock.

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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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