Natera Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) rose 4.1% during trading on Thursday . The company traded as high as $11.01 and last traded at $10.85, with a volume of 105,734 shares trading hands. The stock had previously closed at $10.42.

NTRA has been the topic of a number of analyst reports. Morgan Stanley restated a “buy” rating on shares of Natera in a research report on Tuesday, May 24th. Benchmark Co. raised their target price on Natera from $15.00 to $16.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Monday, May 23rd. Finally, Cowen and Company restated an “outperform” rating and set a $17.00 target price on shares of Natera in a research report on Friday, June 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a hold rating and six have assigned a buy rating to the company. The company presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $17.14.

The firm’s 50-day moving average price is $12.51 and its 200 day moving average price is $10.42. The company’s market cap is $564.34 million.

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

In other news, CEO Matthew Rabinowitz sold 104,892 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Friday, July 1st. The shares were sold at an average price of $12.14, for a total value of $1,273,388.88. Following the completion of the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 2,167,354 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $26,311,677.56. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which is available through this link. Also, Director Roelof Botha bought 837,521 shares of Natera stock in a transaction dated Sunday, June 19th. The stock was acquired at an average cost of $11.94 per share, with a total value of $10,000,000.74. The disclosure for this purchase can be found here.

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