Versartis Inc (VSAR) Insider Colin Hislop Sells 35,000 Shares

Versartis Inc (NASDAQ:VSAR) insider Colin Hislop sold 35,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, April 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $21.20, for a total transaction of $742,000.00. Following the sale, the insider now owns 59,500 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $1,261,400. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink.

Shares of Versartis Inc (NASDAQ:VSAR) traded up 0.381% during trading on Friday, reaching $19.775. 174,775 shares of the company were exchanged. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $20.40 and its 200-day moving average is $15.59. The firm’s market cap is $693.03 million. Versartis Inc has a 52-week low of $7.05 and a 52-week high of $24.00.

Versartis (NASDAQ:VSAR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, February 21st. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.64) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.62) by $0.02. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned ($0.69) EPS. Equities research analysts predict that Versartis Inc will post ($2.51) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Versartis (NASDAQ:VSAR)

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Several brokerages have commented on VSAR. Piper Jaffray Companies upped their target price on shares of Versartis from $22.00 to $26.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 4th. Barclays PLC began coverage on shares of Versartis in a research report on Thursday, March 9th. They set an “overweight” rating and a $28.00 target price for the company. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $28.00 target price on shares of Versartis in a research report on Wednesday, February 22nd. Finally, Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Versartis from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price target for the company in a report on Friday, January 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company’s stock. Versartis currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $23.86.

Hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Woodstock Corp bought a new stake in shares of Versartis during the first quarter worth about $589,000. Highbridge Capital Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Versartis by 20.3% in the fourth quarter. Highbridge Capital Management LLC now owns 29,396 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $438,000 after buying an additional 4,970 shares during the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC increased its stake in shares of Versartis by 15.0% in the fourth quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 50,368 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $750,000 after buying an additional 6,573 shares during the last quarter. Perceptive Advisors LLC bought a new stake in shares of Versartis during the fourth quarter worth about $61,889,000. Finally, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY increased its stake in shares of Versartis by 22.5% in the fourth quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 23,257 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $347,000 after buying an additional 4,270 shares during the last quarter. 70.15% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

Versartis Company Profile

Versartis, Inc is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing a long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone, somavaratan (VRS-317), for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), an orphan disease. The Company’s first indication for somavaratan is pediatric GHD.

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