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Prothena (PRTA) Stock Jumps 16.8%: Will It Continue to Soar?

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Prothena (PRTA - Free Report) shares rallied 16.8% in the last trading session to close at $25.40. This move can be attributable to notable volume with a higher number of shares being traded than in a typical session. This compares to the stock's 3% gain over the past four weeks.

Prothena's pipeline progress has been encouraging in the recent months. Shares gained on investors’ continued optimism on the same.

Price and Consensus

Price Consensus Chart for PRTA

This drug developer is expected to post quarterly loss of $0.80 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of -35.6%. Revenues are expected to be $0.17 million, up 17.9% from the year-ago quarter.

Earnings and revenue growth expectations certainly give a good sense of the potential strength in a stock, but empirical research shows that trends in earnings estimate revisions are strongly correlated with near-term stock price movements.

For Prothena, the consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has been revised marginally lower over the last 30 days to the current level. And a negative trend in earnings estimate revisions doesn't usually translate into price appreciation. So, make sure to keep an eye on PRTA going forward to see if this recent jump can turn into more strength down the road.

The stock currently carries a Zacks Rank 3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) stocks here >>>>

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