Marshall Wace LLP acquired a new position in NanoString Technologies Inc (NASDAQ:NSTG) in the 3rd quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm acquired 192,391 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,430,000.
Several other hedge funds have also bought and sold shares of the company. Alliancebernstein L.P. raised its position in shares of NanoString Technologies by 21.5% in the 3rd quarter. Alliancebernstein L.P. now owns 19,800 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $353,000 after acquiring an additional 3,500 shares in the last quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of NanoString Technologies by 9.3% in the 3rd quarter. Teachers Advisors LLC now owns 51,574 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $920,000 after acquiring an additional 4,399 shares in the last quarter. Cpwm LLC raised its position in shares of NanoString Technologies by 27.1% in the 3rd quarter. Cpwm LLC now owns 23,898 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $426,000 after acquiring an additional 5,098 shares in the last quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC raised its position in shares of NanoString Technologies by 55.2% in the 3rd quarter. MetLife Investment Advisors LLC now owns 17,579 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $313,000 after acquiring an additional 6,249 shares in the last quarter. Finally, Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. NY bought a new stake in NanoString Technologies in the 2nd quarter valued at about $108,000. 88.99% of the stock is owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.
In related news, SVP Mary Tedd Allen sold 26,895 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, October 1st. The stock was sold at an average price of $17.60, for a total value of $473,352.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, Director Nicholas Galakatos sold 85,823 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Monday, September 17th. The shares were sold at an average price of $15.99, for a total value of $1,372,309.77. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 20.90% of the stock is currently owned by corporate insiders.
NanoString Technologies (NASDAQ:NSTG) last issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, November 8th. The biotechnology company reported ($0.56) EPS for the quarter, topping analysts’ consensus estimates of ($0.57) by $0.01. NanoString Technologies had a negative return on equity of 206.80% and a negative net margin of 58.11%. The firm had revenue of $28.62 million during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $25.90 million. On average, equities research analysts anticipate that NanoString Technologies Inc will post -2.6 EPS for the current fiscal year.
A number of brokerages recently commented on NSTG. JPMorgan Chase & Co. boosted their target price on NanoString Technologies to $20.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research report on Thursday, September 13th. Morgan Stanley boosted their target price on NanoString Technologies from $17.00 to $18.00 and gave the company an “equal weight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, October 10th. ValuEngine raised NanoString Technologies from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, August 30th. BidaskClub lowered NanoString Technologies from a “strong-buy” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, September 15th. Finally, Robert W. Baird boosted their target price on NanoString Technologies from $15.00 to $18.00 and gave the company an “outperform” rating in a research report on Tuesday, September 11th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, four have issued a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The stock currently has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus price target of $19.60.
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About NanoString Technologies
NanoString Technologies, Inc provides life science tools for translational research and molecular diagnostic products worldwide. The company offers nCounter Analysis System, an automated, multi-application, digital detection, and counting system. It provides nCounter MAX and FLEX systems that include Prep Station, an automated liquid handling component that processes and prepares samples for data collection; and nCounter Digital Analyzer, which collects data from samples by taking images of the immobilized fluorescent reporters in the sample cartridge and processing the data into output files.
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