Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) SVP Ivan P. Gergel sold 100,000 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Monday, October 2nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $24.14, for a total transaction of $2,414,000.00. Following the transaction, the senior vice president now owns 84,871 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $2,048,785.94. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through the SEC website.

Shares of Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) opened at 24.91 on Thursday. Nektar Therapeutics has a one year low of $11.41 and a one year high of $24.93. The stock has a 50 day moving average of $21.32 and a 200-day moving average of $20.37. The stock’s market capitalization is $3.89 billion.

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) last released its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, August 8th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.39) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.35) by ($0.04). The firm had revenue of $34.60 million for the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $33.64 million. Nektar Therapeutics had a negative net margin of 157.14% and a negative return on equity of 1,223.34%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 5.5% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned ($0.36) earnings per share. Equities analysts forecast that Nektar Therapeutics will post ($0.98) earnings per share for the current year.

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A number of equities analysts have weighed in on NKTR shares. Jefferies Group LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $23.00 target price on shares of Nektar Therapeutics in a research report on Friday, July 21st. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Nektar Therapeutics from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating and set a $24.00 target price for the company in a research report on Tuesday, August 1st. ValuEngine upgraded shares of Nektar Therapeutics from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, September 1st. William Blair reiterated an “outperform” rating on shares of Nektar Therapeutics in a research report on Monday, June 26th. Finally, BidaskClub lowered shares of Nektar Therapeutics from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Friday, August 4th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, three have assigned a hold rating and nine have assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $26.80.

Several large investors have recently made changes to their positions in NKTR. BlackRock Inc. grew its stake in shares of Nektar Therapeutics by 180,432.9% during the 1st quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 20,035,546 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $470,234,000 after acquiring an additional 20,024,448 shares during the period. Janus Henderson Group PLC bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 2nd quarter valued at approximately $34,661,000. PointState Capital LP grew its stake in shares of Nektar Therapeutics by 281.7% during the 2nd quarter. PointState Capital LP now owns 1,731,000 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $33,841,000 after acquiring an additional 1,277,500 shares during the period. MARSHALL WACE ASIA Ltd bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $23,580,000. Finally, Marshall Wace North America L.P. bought a new position in shares of Nektar Therapeutics during the 1st quarter valued at approximately $23,580,000. Institutional investors own 95.08% of the company’s stock.

About Nektar Therapeutics

Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. The Company’s research and development pipeline of new investigational drugs includes treatments for cancer, auto-immune disease and chronic pain. It leverages its chemistry platform to discover and design new drug candidates.

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