Versartis, Inc. (VSAR) Given Average Recommendation of “Buy” by Analysts

Shares of Versartis, Inc. (NASDAQ:VSAR) have been assigned an average recommendation of “Buy” from the ten brokerages that are covering the company, MarketBeat.com reports. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two have given a hold recommendation and seven have assigned a buy recommendation to the company. The average twelve-month price target among analysts that have updated their coverage on the stock in the last year is $26.29.

A number of research firms recently weighed in on VSAR. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Versartis from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. BidaskClub lowered shares of Versartis from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Canaccord Genuity set a $28.00 price objective on shares of Versartis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, May 28th. Piper Jaffray Companies set a $26.00 target price on shares of Versartis and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a report on Tuesday, June 27th. Finally, ValuEngine upgraded shares of Versartis from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Friday, June 2nd.

Shares of Versartis (NASDAQ:VSAR) traded up 3.32% on Monday, hitting $17.10. 225,453 shares of the company traded hands. Versartis has a 1-year low of $9.05 and a 1-year high of $24.00. The firm’s market capitalization is $608.38 million. The firm’s 50-day moving average is $17.84 and its 200 day moving average is $17.95.

Versartis (NASDAQ:VSAR) last released its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, July 27th. The biopharmaceutical company reported ($1.04) earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of ($0.84) by $0.20. On average, analysts anticipate that Versartis will post ($3.29) earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

A number of institutional investors have recently made changes to their positions in VSAR. Russell Investments Group Ltd. purchased a new position in shares of Versartis during the fourth quarter worth approximately $116,000. First Quadrant L P CA bought a new position in Versartis during the second quarter valued at about $155,000. Bank of America Corp DE increased its position in Versartis by 46.3% in the first quarter. Bank of America Corp DE now owns 9,482 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $203,000 after buying an additional 3,001 shares during the period. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY increased its position in Versartis by 22.5% in the fourth quarter. Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY now owns 23,257 shares of the biopharmaceutical company’s stock valued at $347,000 after buying an additional 4,270 shares during the period. Finally, UBS Group AG bought a new position in Versartis during the first quarter valued at about $367,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 77.88% of the company’s stock.

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Versartis Company Profile

Versartis, Inc is an endocrine-focused biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in developing a long-acting form of recombinant human growth hormone, somavaratan (VRS-317), for growth hormone deficiency (GHD), an orphan disease. The Company’s first indication for somavaratan is pediatric GHD.

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