Natera Inc. (NASDAQ:NTRA) traded down 2.2% on Wednesday . The stock traded as low as $9.81 and last traded at $10.01, with a volume of 69,531 shares. The stock had previously closed at $10.24.

NTRA has been the subject of a number of research reports. TheStreet downgraded Natera from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, September 9th. Morgan Stanley set a $20.00 target price on Natera and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Friday, August 5th. Finally, Cowen and Company reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $17.00 target price on shares of Natera in a report on Friday, June 3rd. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has assigned a hold rating and six have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $17.14.

The firm’s 50-day moving average is $10.59 and its 200 day moving average is $10.95. The company’s market capitalization is $531.79 million.

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Natera (NASDAQ:NTRA) last posted its quarterly earnings data 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. The company earned $52 million during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $50.64 million. Natera had a negative return on equity of 39.38% and a negative net margin of 34.23%. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was up 15.3% on a year-over-year basis. During the same period last year, the firm earned ($0.40) EPS. On average, equities analysts predict that Natera Inc. will post ($1.73) EPS for the current year.

In other news, CEO Matthew Rabinowitz sold 104,892 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, July 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $12.14, for a total transaction of $1,273,388.88. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now directly owns 2,167,354 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $26,311,677.56. The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Insiders own 18.91% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors have recently modified their holdings of the company. Oxford Asset Management acquired a new position in shares of Natera during the second quarter worth about $638,000. Murphy Michael R purchased a new position in Natera during the first quarter valued at $16,017,000. Geode Capital Management LLC increased its position in Natera by 26.3% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 88,776 shares of the company’s stock valued at $845,000 after buying an additional 18,489 shares during the last quarter. Strs Ohio increased its position in Natera by 10.8% in the second quarter. Strs Ohio now owns 25,600 shares of the company’s stock valued at $308,000 after buying an additional 2,500 shares during the last quarter. Finally, Contrarius Investment Management Ltd increased its position in Natera by 3.7% in the first quarter. Contrarius Investment Management Ltd now owns 837,477 shares of the company’s stock valued at $7,973,000 after buying an additional 29,663 shares during the last quarter. 63.00% of the stock is owned by institutional investors and hedge funds.

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