Conatus Pharmaceuticals to Post Q1 2018 Earnings of ($0.22) Per Share, SunTrust Banks Forecasts (NASDAQ:CNAT)

Conatus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CNAT) – Investment analysts at SunTrust Banks issued their Q1 2018 EPS estimates for shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals in a research note issued on Thursday, according to Zacks Investment Research. SunTrust Banks analyst J. Boris forecasts that the biotechnology company will earn ($0.22) per share for the quarter. SunTrust Banks also issued estimates for Conatus Pharmaceuticals’ Q2 2018 earnings at ($0.24) EPS, Q3 2018 earnings at ($0.25) EPS, Q4 2018 earnings at ($0.26) EPS, FY2021 earnings at $2.44 EPS and FY2022 earnings at $6.69 EPS.

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Other equities research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. S&P Equity Research increased their target price on shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals from $5.02 to $5.69 in a research report on Wednesday, January 24th. Roth Capital initiated coverage on shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, February 8th. They set a “buy” rating and a $20.00 price target on the stock. Oppenheimer restated a “buy” rating on shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, March 22nd. HC Wainwright restated a “buy” rating and set a $17.00 price target on shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, March 8th. Finally, Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, February 27th. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, one has given a hold rating and six have given a buy rating to the stock. Conatus Pharmaceuticals currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $13.67.

CNAT stock traded down $0.31 during midday trading on Friday, reaching $5.56. The company had a trading volume of 410,687 shares, compared to its average volume of 597,723. Conatus Pharmaceuticals has a 1 year low of $3.88 and a 1 year high of $9.40. The company has a quick ratio of 2.82, a current ratio of 2.82 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47. The company has a market cap of $176.45, a price-to-earnings ratio of -9.11 and a beta of 1.16.

Conatus Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:CNAT) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, March 7th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.15) earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.17) by $0.02. Conatus Pharmaceuticals had a negative net margin of 49.17% and a negative return on equity of 61.58%. The company had revenue of $8.80 million during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $9.60 million.

Several institutional investors have recently added to or reduced their stakes in the company. MPM Asset Management LLC raised its holdings in shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals by 76.3% during the 4th quarter. MPM Asset Management LLC now owns 2,101,171 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $9,707,000 after purchasing an additional 909,091 shares in the last quarter. BlackRock Inc. raised its holdings in shares of Conatus Pharmaceuticals by 6.2% during the 4th quarter. BlackRock Inc. now owns 1,593,395 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $7,362,000 after purchasing an additional 93,015 shares in the last quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. grew its stake in Conatus Pharmaceuticals by 31.2% in the 2nd quarter. Vanguard Group Inc. now owns 1,006,890 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $5,800,000 after buying an additional 239,373 shares during the last quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC grew its stake in Conatus Pharmaceuticals by 26.2% in the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 429,556 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock valued at $1,983,000 after buying an additional 89,179 shares during the last quarter. Finally, State Street Corp acquired a new position in Conatus Pharmaceuticals in the 2nd quarter valued at $2,092,000. Institutional investors and hedge funds own 39.49% of the company’s stock.

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About Conatus Pharmaceuticals

Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc, a biotechnology company, focuses on the development and commercialization of novel medicines for the treatment of liver diseases in the United States. Its product candidates include Emricasan, an orally active pan-caspase protease inhibitor that is in Phase IIb clinical trials for post-orthotopic liver transplant as a result of hepatitis C virus infection with sustained viral response; for patients with portal hypertension; for patients liver fibrosis caused by nonalcoholic steatohepatitis; and for liver function.

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