aTyr Pharma (LIFE) Downgraded by Zacks Investment Research to “Hold”

aTyr Pharma (NASDAQ:LIFE) was downgraded by Zacks Investment Research from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a note issued to investors on Wednesday.

According to Zacks, “aTyr Pharma, Inc. is a bio-therapeutics company. The Company is involved in the discovery and development of medicines for severe, rare diseases of physiological modulators. aTyr Pharma, Inc. is a based in SAN DIEGO, United States. “

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Other research analysts also recently issued research reports about the stock. ValuEngine downgraded shares of aTyr Pharma from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. JPMorgan Chase & Co. downgraded shares of aTyr Pharma from a “neutral” rating to an “underweight” rating in a research report on Wednesday, February 14th. Two analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and one has given a buy rating to the company. aTyr Pharma presently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus target price of $4.75.

Shares of LIFE stock opened at $2.90 on Wednesday. aTyr Pharma has a 52 week low of $2.30 and a 52 week high of $6.50. The stock has a market cap of $89.64, a price-to-earnings ratio of -1.43 and a beta of 3.54. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.17, a current ratio of 9.49 and a quick ratio of 9.49.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in LIFE. Victory Capital Management Inc. bought a new position in shares of aTyr Pharma in the 3rd quarter valued at about $455,000. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP boosted its holdings in shares of aTyr Pharma by 44.1% during the 3rd quarter. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP now owns 83,848 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $423,000 after buying an additional 25,676 shares during the period. Artal Group S.A. boosted its holdings in shares of aTyr Pharma by 100.0% during the 4th quarter. Artal Group S.A. now owns 500,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $1,750,000 after buying an additional 250,000 shares during the period. Renaissance Technologies LLC boosted its holdings in shares of aTyr Pharma by 143.2% during the 4th quarter. Renaissance Technologies LLC now owns 279,400 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock worth $978,000 after buying an additional 164,500 shares during the period. Finally, Deutsche Bank AG bought a new stake in shares of aTyr Pharma during the 4th quarter worth about $199,000. 58.65% of the stock is owned by institutional investors.

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aTyr Pharma Company Profile

aTyr Pharma, Inc is a clinical-stage biotherapeutics company. The Company is engaged in the discovery and clinical development of medicines for patients suffering from severe, rare diseases using its Physiocrine biology, a discovered set of physiological modulators. The Company focuses on the development of Physiocrine-based therapeutics for the treatment of rare diseases, including facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) and limb-girdle muscular dystrophy (LGMD) 2B.

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