Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (ATRA) to Post Q1 2018 Earnings of ($0.89) Per Share, William Blair Forecasts

Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ATRA) – Equities researchers at William Blair boosted their Q1 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in a research report issued to clients and investors on Tuesday. William Blair analyst M. Phipps now anticipates that the biotechnology company will earn ($0.89) per share for the quarter, up from their prior estimate of ($1.08). William Blair also issued estimates for Atara Biotherapeutics’ Q2 2018 earnings at ($0.88) EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at ($0.90) EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at ($0.92) EPS, FY2018 earnings at ($3.59) EPS, FY2019 earnings at ($4.00) EPS, FY2020 earnings at ($3.06) EPS and FY2021 earnings at ($2.20) EPS.

Other equities analysts have also recently issued reports about the company. Citigroup cut Atara Biotherapeutics from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday. ValuEngine raised Atara Biotherapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, February 2nd. BidaskClub cut Atara Biotherapeutics from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Saturday, February 3rd. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “positive” rating and set a $70.00 price target (up previously from $47.00) on shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in a report on Friday, January 19th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research cut Atara Biotherapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 6th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. Atara Biotherapeutics currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $30.60.

Atara Biotherapeutics (ATRA) opened at $48.35 on Thursday. The firm has a market capitalization of $1,693.69, a price-to-earnings ratio of -13.93 and a beta of 2.71. Atara Biotherapeutics has a fifty-two week low of $11.80 and a fifty-two week high of $49.90.

In other Atara Biotherapeutics news, CEO Isaac E. Ciechanover sold 20,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, February 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $46.80, for a total value of $936,000.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 808,675 shares in the company, valued at approximately $37,845,990. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available at this link. Also, CEO Isaac E. Ciechanover sold 4,400 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Thursday, November 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $14.25, for a total value of $62,700.00. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 297,914 shares of company stock valued at $8,074,587. Insiders own 16.20% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds and other institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business. SG Americas Securities LLC bought a new stake in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in the 3rd quarter valued at about $142,000. Russell Investments Group Ltd. bought a new stake in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in the 3rd quarter valued at about $170,000. Voya Investment Management LLC grew its position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 16.2% in the 2nd quarter. Voya Investment Management LLC now owns 11,813 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $165,000 after buying an additional 1,651 shares during the last quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company grew its position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 7.2% in the 2nd quarter. The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company now owns 20,377 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $285,000 after buying an additional 1,369 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP grew its position in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 2.9% in the 2nd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 21,718 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $304,000 after buying an additional 610 shares during the last quarter. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 69.58% of the company’s stock.

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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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