Paratek Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:PRTK) Sees Unusually-High Trading Volume on Strong Earnings

Paratek Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:PRTK) shares saw strong trading volume on Wednesday following a stronger than expected earnings report. 2,596,624 shares changed hands during trading, an increase of 726% from the previous session’s volume of 314,302 shares.The stock last traded at $4.17 and had previously closed at $3.09.

The specialty pharmaceutical company reported ($1.02) earnings per share for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of ($1.16) by $0.14. Paratek Pharmaceuticals had a negative return on equity of 232.61% and a negative net margin of 642.70%. The company had revenue of $2.05 million for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.86 million.

A number of research firms recently commented on PRTK. Wedbush restated an “outperform” rating and set a $12.00 price target (down from $17.00) on shares of Paratek Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Thursday, May 9th. HC Wainwright restated a “buy” rating on shares of Paratek Pharmaceuticals in a research report on Wednesday, June 26th. LADENBURG THALM/SH SH reaffirmed a “buy” rating on shares of Paratek Pharmaceuticals in a report on Thursday, May 9th. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Paratek Pharmaceuticals from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, July 26th. Finally, ValuEngine raised Paratek Pharmaceuticals from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Thursday, August 1st. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating and five have given a buy rating to the company. Paratek Pharmaceuticals currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $19.33.

A number of large investors have recently bought and sold shares of PRTK. Bank of New York Mellon Corp raised its stake in Paratek Pharmaceuticals by 1.4% during the 4th quarter. Bank of New York Mellon Corp now owns 138,282 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $710,000 after buying an additional 1,906 shares during the period. Teton Advisors Inc. raised its stake in Paratek Pharmaceuticals by 1.9% during the 1st quarter. Teton Advisors Inc. now owns 110,000 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $590,000 after buying an additional 2,000 shares during the period. General American Investors Co. Inc. raised its stake in Paratek Pharmaceuticals by 1.1% during the 2nd quarter. General American Investors Co. Inc. now owns 470,185 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,876,000 after buying an additional 5,200 shares during the period. BNP Paribas Arbitrage SA acquired a new stake in Paratek Pharmaceuticals during the 1st quarter worth $36,000. Finally, Geode Capital Management LLC raised its stake in Paratek Pharmaceuticals by 2.3% during the 4th quarter. Geode Capital Management LLC now owns 308,773 shares of the specialty pharmaceutical company’s stock worth $1,584,000 after buying an additional 6,811 shares during the period. 75.00% of the stock is currently owned by hedge funds and other institutional investors.

The firm has a market capitalization of $122.55 million, a price-to-earnings ratio of -1.17 and a beta of 1.81. The company has a current ratio of 14.06, a quick ratio of 13.95 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 14.48. The business has a 50 day simple moving average of $3.58.

Paratek Pharmaceuticals Company Profile (NASDAQ:PRTK)

Paratek Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of therapeutics based upon biology and tetracycline chemistry in the United States. Its lead product candidates include omadacycline, an intravenous and oral antibiotic for use as a monotherapy antibiotic for acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections, community-acquired bacterial pneumonia, urinary tract infections, and other community-acquired bacterial infections; and Sarecycline, a tetracycline-derived compound designed for use in the treatment of acne and rosacea.

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