-$0.92 EPS Expected for Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (ATRA) This Quarter

Wall Street brokerages expect Atara Biotherapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:ATRA) to announce ($0.92) earnings per share (EPS) for the current fiscal quarter, Zacks Investment Research reports. Zero analysts have made estimates for Atara Biotherapeutics’ earnings. The lowest EPS estimate is ($0.92) and the highest is ($0.91). Atara Biotherapeutics posted earnings of ($0.66) per share during the same quarter last year, which indicates a negative year over year growth rate of 39.4%. The business is scheduled to announce its next quarterly earnings results on Monday, August 14th.

On average, analysts expect that Atara Biotherapeutics will report full-year earnings of ($3.93) per share for the current fiscal year, with EPS estimates ranging from ($4.16) to ($3.70). For the next year, analysts anticipate that the firm will post earnings of ($4.25) per share, with EPS estimates ranging from ($4.60) to ($3.90). Zacks Investment Research’s earnings per share calculations are an average based on a survey of research firms that follow Atara Biotherapeutics.

Atara Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ:ATRA) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, March 9th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.63) EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($0.98) by $0.35.

ATRA has been the topic of a number of research analyst reports. Citigroup Inc set a $10.00 price objective on shares of Atara Biotherapeutics and gave the stock a “sell” rating in a report on Thursday, March 16th. Canaccord Genuity reiterated a “buy” rating and issued a $47.00 price target on shares of Atara Biotherapeutics in a research note on Friday, April 21st. Finally, Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Atara Biotherapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Tuesday, May 9th. Three research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating and three have given a buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $24.00.

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In related news, CEO Isaac E. Ciechanover sold 30,800 shares of Atara Biotherapeutics stock in a transaction dated Friday, March 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $19.38, for a total transaction of $596,904.00. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now owns 725,951 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $14,068,930.38. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Isaac E. Ciechanover sold 4,800 shares of Atara Biotherapeutics stock in a transaction dated Thursday, May 18th. The stock was sold at an average price of $14.91, for a total transaction of $71,568.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 731,859 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,912,017.69. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last three months, insiders sold 142,958 shares of company stock valued at $2,630,542. Insiders own 16.10% of the company’s stock.

Several hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the company. 12 West Capital Management LP bought a new stake in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $5,662,000. Norges Bank bought a new stake in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics during the fourth quarter valued at approximately $4,031,000. Artal Group S.A. increased its stake in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 122.2% in the fourth quarter. Artal Group S.A. now owns 500,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $7,100,000 after buying an additional 275,000 shares during the last quarter. Arrowpoint Asset Management LLC increased its stake in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 18.2% in the fourth quarter. Arrowpoint Asset Management LLC now owns 1,560,612 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $22,161,000 after buying an additional 240,285 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp increased its stake in shares of Atara Biotherapeutics by 62.8% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 600,521 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $8,526,000 after buying an additional 231,541 shares during the last quarter. 77.48% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

Atara Biotherapeutics (NASDAQ:ATRA) traded up 0.33% during trading on Monday, hitting $15.15. 164,841 shares of the stock traded hands. Atara Biotherapeutics has a one year low of $12.45 and a one year high of $25.73. The company’s 50 day moving average is $16.87 and its 200 day moving average is $16.86. The company’s market capitalization is $440.70 million.

About Atara Biotherapeutics

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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