Shares of Natera Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) rose 5% during trading on Tuesday . The company traded as high as $10.15 and last traded at $10.01, with a volume of 195,269 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $9.53.

A number of equities analysts recently commented on NTRA shares. Morgan Stanley set a $20.00 price objective on Natera and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Friday, August 5th. Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and issued a $17.00 price objective on shares of Natera in a research note on Friday, June 3rd. Finally, Benchmark Co. lifted their price objective on Natera from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, May 23rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $17.14.

The stock’s 50-day moving average is $11.91 and its 200 day moving average is $10.56. The firm’s market cap is $502.28 million.

Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, August 4th. The company reported ($0.46) earnings per share for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.48) by $0.02. During the same quarter in the prior year, the company earned ($0.40) earnings per share. The business earned $52 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $50.64 million. Natera’s revenue was up 15.3% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that Natera Inc. will post ($1.73) EPS for the current year.

In other news, Director Roelof Botha acquired 837,521 shares of Natera stock in a transaction dated Sunday, June 19th. The shares were purchased at an average cost of $11.94 per share, for a total transaction of $10,000,000.74. The purchase was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Matthew Rabinowitz sold 732,831 shares of the stock in a transaction dated Sunday, June 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $11.94, for a total value of $8,750,002.14. Following the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 2,876,595 shares in the company, valued at $34,346,544.30. The disclosure for this sale can be found here.

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