Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRX) shares, dropped in value on Wednesday, Apr 07, with the stock price down by -2.89% to the previous day’s close as weak demand from buyers trailed the stock to $4.37.
Actively observing the price movement in the last trading, the stock closed the session at $4.5, falling within a range of $4.3600 and $4.5600. The value of beta (5-year monthly) was 1.38 whereas the PE ratio was 6.2 over 12-month period. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $5.19, and the low was $2.88. On the whole, CPRX has fluctuated by 24.15% over the past month.
With the market capitalization of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. currently standing at about $463.74 Million, investors are eagerly awaiting this quarter’s results, scheduled for May 2021. The company’s Forward Dividend Ratio is 0, with its dividend yield at 0%. As a result, investors may see a weakening in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be $0.09, which is expected to decline to $0.71 for fiscal year 2021 and then to about $0.46 by fiscal year 2022. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be -0.49% in 2021, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be 0.28%.
Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $32.1 Million, with a low estimate of $30.95 Million and a high estimate of $34Million. According to the average forecast, sales growth in current quarter could jump up +10.2%, compared to the corresponding quarter of last year. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2021, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $133.56 Million, representing an increase of 12.2% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.
We see that CPRX’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a 100% Buy on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 100% Buy while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Buy.
5 analyst(s) have assigned their ratings of the stock’s forecast evaluation on a scale of 1.00-5.00 to indicate a strong buy to a strong sell recommendation. The stock is rated as a Hold by none analyst(s), 5 recommend it as a Buy and no body called the CPRX stock Outperform. In the meantime, none analyst(s) believe the stock as Underperform and none think it is a Sell. Thus, investors eager to increase their holdings of the company’s stock will have an opportunity to do so as the average rating for the stock is Buy.
The stock’s technical analysis shows that the PEG ratio is about 0, with the price of CPRX currently trading nearly 2.34% and 5.84% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 52.51, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 5.41% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 5.88%. Furthermore, Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPRX)’s beta value is 1.38, and its average true range (ATR) is 0.25. The company’s stock has been forecasted to trade at an average price of $7.5 over the course of the next 52 weeks, with a low of $5.5 and a high of $9. Based on these price targets, the low is 25.86 off current price, whereas the price has to move +105.95% to reach the yearly target high. Additionally, analysts’ median price of $8 is likely to be welcomed by investors because it represents an increase of +83.07% from the current levels.
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A comparison of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPRX) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. CPRX showed an intraday change of -2.89% in last session, and over the past year, it grew by +11.48%. In comparison, Zoetis Inc Cl A (ZTS) has moved higher at +1.27% on the day and was up +24.52% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd (TAK) has fallen -2.86% on the day. The stock, however, is off 11.87% from where it was a year ago. Additionally, there is a decline of -289% for Catalent Inc (CTLT) in last trading while the stock has seen an overall apprecation of 11.48% over the past year. The PE ratio stands at 6.2 for Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., compared to 46.12 for Zoetis Inc Cl A, and 33.19 for Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the last trading session shows that it gained 0.15%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial improved by 0.05%.
Data on historical trading for Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRX) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 10 days have averaged 1.27 Million and over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 1.8 Million. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 103.83 Million shares outstanding.
Nearly 6.97% of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc.’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 66.23% of the company’s shares, according to Thomson Reuters’ data. The data on short interest also indicates that stock shorts accounted for 9.55 Million shares as on March 14, 2021, resulting in a short ratio of 6.59. According to the data, the short interest in Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPRX) stood at 9.2% of shares outstanding as of March 14, 2021; the number of short shares registered in February reached 9.21 Million. The stock has risen by +30.84% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the CPRX stock heading into the next quarter.