Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:TTPH) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note issued to investors on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is a life science company engaged in developing and commercializing tetracycline based drugs to treat drug-resistant infectious diseases, inflammation, and cancer. Its principal products include eravacycline, an intravenous and oral antibiotic for the treatment of multi-drug resistant Gram-negative infections. The Company’s product under development includes eravacycline oral formulation, TP-834 and TP-271. Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is based in Watertown, Massachusetts. “

TTPH has been the topic of several other research reports. BMO Capital Markets reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a $12.00 target price on shares of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Friday, May 5th. Stifel Nicolaus increased their price objective on Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals from $5.00 to $7.00 and gave the company a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, March 9th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, four have issued a hold rating and one has assigned a buy rating to the stock. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $6.85.

Analyst Recommendations for Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TTPH)

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TTPH) opened at 7.23 on Wednesday. The company’s 50-day moving average price is $8.18 and its 200 day moving average price is $5.50. The company’s market capitalization is $272.57 million. Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals has a 52-week low of $3.11 and a 52-week high of $9.93.

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:TTPH) last announced its quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, May 2nd. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($0.79) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the consensus estimate of ($0.60) by $0.19. Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 39.95% and a negative net margin of 1,120.67%. The firm had revenue of $1.48 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $1.46 million. During the same period last year, the company earned ($0.46) EPS. The firm’s revenue for the quarter was down 24.5% compared to the same quarter last year. On average, equities analysts expect that Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals will post ($2.75) EPS for the current fiscal year.

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In other Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals news, Director L Patrick Gage acquired 11,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, March 15th. The stock was purchased at an average price of $7.49 per share, for a total transaction of $82,390.00. Following the acquisition, the director now owns 35,000 shares in the company, valued at approximately $262,150. The purchase was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Corporate insiders own 4.40% of the company’s stock.

Hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of the stock. Teza Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals by 8.9% in the first quarter. Teza Capital Management LLC now owns 15,650 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $144,000 after buying an additional 1,281 shares during the period. Federated Investors Inc. PA raised its position in shares of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals by 1.0% in the fourth quarter. Federated Investors Inc. PA now owns 130,809 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $527,000 after buying an additional 1,326 shares during the period. Geode Capital Management LLC raised its position in shares of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals by 0.7% in the first quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 233,255 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,079,000 after buying an additional 1,713 shares during the period. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. raised its position in shares of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals by 1.7% in the second quarter. Schwab Charles Investment Management Inc. now owns 113,453 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $488,000 after buying an additional 1,848 shares during the period. Finally, BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. raised its position in shares of Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals by 0.4% in the first quarter. BlackRock Institutional Trust Company N.A. now owns 920,408 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock worth $4,261,000 after buying an additional 3,481 shares during the period. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 55.63% of the company’s stock.

About Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals

Tetraphase Pharmaceuticals, Inc is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company uses its chemistry technology to create antibiotics for multidrug-resistant infections. The Company is developing its lead product candidate, eravacycline, a fully synthetic tetracycline derivative, as a spectrum intravenous (IV) and oral antibiotic for use as a first-line empiric monotherapy for the treatment of multidrug-resistant infections, including multidrug-resistant gram-negative infections.

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