NantKwest Inc. (NASDAQ:NK) Director John C. Thomas sold 6,168 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 25th. The shares were sold at an average price of $7.50, for a total value of $46,260.00. Following the completion of the sale, the director now owns 309,621 shares in the company, valued at $2,322,157.50. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website.

Shares of NantKwest Inc. (NASDAQ:NK) opened at 6.83 on Wednesday. The company’s market capitalization is $562.62 million. NantKwest Inc. has a 1-year low of $5.43 and a 1-year high of $18.74. The stock’s 50 day moving average price is $6.84 and its 200 day moving average price is $7.14.

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A number of equities analysts have issued reports on the company. Zacks Investment Research raised NantKwest from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $8.50 price target for the company in a research note on Saturday, November 19th. Canaccord Genuity reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $18.00 price target on shares of NantKwest in a research note on Friday, August 19th. Finally, Piper Jaffray Cos. reaffirmed an “overweight” rating and set a $23.00 price target (down from $32.00) on shares of NantKwest in a research note on Wednesday, August 17th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and four have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $17.70.

A number of large investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in NK. JPMorgan Chase & Co. increased its stake in NantKwest by 2.2% in the first quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 152,196 shares of the company’s stock worth $1,251,000 after buying an additional 3,309 shares during the last quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp increased its stake in NantKwest by 39.4% in the second quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 78,443 shares of the company’s stock worth $487,000 after buying an additional 22,155 shares during the last quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System increased its stake in NantKwest by 144.2% in the second quarter. California State Teachers Retirement System now owns 34,954 shares of the company’s stock worth $217,000 after buying an additional 20,643 shares during the last quarter. Swiss National Bank increased its stake in NantKwest by 16.8% in the second quarter. Swiss National Bank now owns 42,450 shares of the company’s stock worth $264,000 after buying an additional 6,100 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Emerald Acquisition Ltd. bought a new stake in NantKwest during the second quarter worth $228,000. 24.23% of the stock is currently owned by institutional investors.

About NantKwest

NantKwest, Inc, formerly Conkwest, Inc, is a biotechnology company engaged in developing targeted direct-acting immunotherapeutic agents for a range of clinical conditions. The Company is focused on harnessing its immune system by using the natural killer (NK) cell to treat cancer, infectious diseases and inflammatory diseases.

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