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Nektar: 1Q Earnings Snapshot

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) _ Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) on Wednesday reported a loss of $118.5 million in its first quarter.

The San Francisco-based company said it had a loss of 68 cents per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of seven analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 71 cents per share.

The biopharmaceutical company posted revenue of $28.2 million in the period, also surpassing Street forecasts. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $25.4 million.

Nektar shares have risen slightly since the beginning of the year. In the final minutes of trading on Wednesday, shares hit $32.98, a drop of 58% in the last 12 months.

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