Shares of Natera Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) have earned an average rating of “Buy” from the seven ratings firms that are presently covering the firm. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. The average 12 month target price among brokers that have covered the stock in the last year is $18.80.

Several brokerages have recently commented on NTRA. Benchmark Co. boosted their target price on shares of Natera from $16.00 to $20.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Thursday, November 10th. TheStreet downgraded shares of Natera from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, November 1st. Finally, Morgan Stanley set a $20.00 target price on shares of Natera and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th.

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Shares of Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) traded down 1.40% during trading on Monday, hitting $12.00. 97,109 shares of the stock traded hands. The company has a 50 day moving average of $10.40 and a 200-day moving average of $11.25. The company’s market cap is $628.58 million. Natera has a 1-year low of $6.52 and a 1-year high of $13.80.

Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) last issued its earnings results on Wednesday, November 9th. The company reported ($0.50) EPS for the quarter, beating the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of ($0.55) by $0.05. Natera had a negative net margin of 36.64% and a negative return on equity of 48.24%. The company had revenue of $53.89 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $48.14 million. During the same quarter in the previous year, the company earned ($0.39) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 20.0% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts anticipate that Natera will post ($1.68) EPS for the current fiscal year.

In other Natera news, insider Jonathan Sheena sold 32,505 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 21st. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.00, for a total transaction of $390,060.00. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now directly owns 630,165 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $7,561,980. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through the SEC website. Corporate insiders own 18.91% of the company’s stock.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in NTRA. BlackRock Advisors LLC boosted its stake in shares of Natera by 136.9% in the second quarter. BlackRock Advisors LLC now owns 8,738 shares of the company’s stock valued at $105,000 after buying an additional 5,050 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Group LTD purchased a new stake in shares of Natera during the second quarter valued at $127,000. SG Americas Securities LLC purchased a new stake in shares of Natera during the second quarter valued at $139,000. Societe Generale purchased a new stake in shares of Natera during the second quarter valued at $139,000. Finally, Dynamic Technology Lab Private Ltd purchased a new stake in shares of Natera during the second quarter valued at $173,000. 65.02% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

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