Cantor Fitzgerald set a $34.00 price target on Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR) in a report issued on Thursday. The firm currently has a buy rating on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock.

A number of other equities analysts have also commented on VSAR. Piper Jaffray Companies boosted their price objective on shares of Versartis from $22.00 to $26.00 and gave the stock an overweight rating in a report on Tuesday, April 4th. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Versartis from a hold rating to a sell rating in a report on Wednesday, May 3rd. Canaccord Genuity set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Versartis and gave the stock a buy rating in a report on Sunday, May 28th. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Versartis from a sell rating to a hold rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Versartis from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Sunday, July 16th. Two equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eight have given a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of Buy and an average target price of $25.13.

Shares of Versartis (NASDAQ VSAR) opened at 18.80 on Thursday. The firm’s market capitalization is $661.91 million. Versartis has a 1-year low of $9.05 and a 1-year high of $24.00. The firm has a 50-day moving average price of $17.52 and a 200-day moving average price of $17.82.

Versartis (NASDAQ:VSAR) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 27th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.04) earnings per share for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.84) by $0.20. On average, analysts forecast that Versartis will post ($2.94) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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A number of institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of VSAR. Russell Investments Group Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of Versartis during the fourth quarter worth approximately $116,000. State Street Corp raised its stake in shares of Versartis by 17.5% in the fourth quarter. State Street Corp now owns 445,716 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $6,638,000 after buying an additional 66,450 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC raised its stake in shares of Versartis by 161.4% in the fourth quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 49,400 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $736,000 after buying an additional 30,500 shares during the period. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY raised 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 period. Finally, Teachers Advisors LLC raised 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 period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 78.24% of the company’s stock.

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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