Verastem Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM) price on Thursday, August 26, fall -3.33% below its previous day’s close as a downside momentum from buyers pushed the stock’s value to $2.61.
A look at the stock’s price movement, the close in the last trading session was $2.70, moving within a range at $2.61 and $2.79. The beta value (5-Year monthly) was 0.92. Turning to its 52-week performance, $4.93 and $1.08 were the 52-week high and 52-week low respectively. Overall, VSTM moved -23.01% over the past month.
Verastem Inc.’s market cap currently stands at around $468.08 million, with investors looking forward to this quarter’s earnings report slated for Nov 08, 2021 – Nov 12, 2021. Analysts project the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be -$0.08, which has seen fiscal year 2021 EPS growth forecast to increase to -$0.35 and about -$0.37 for fiscal year 2022. Per the data, EPS growth is expected to be 22.20% for 2021 and -5.70% for the next financial year.
The average forecast suggests down to a -98.80% growth in sales growth compared to quarterly growth in the same period last fiscal year. Wall Street analysts have also projected the company’s year-on-year revenue for 2021 to grow to $1.51 million, representing a -98.30% decline on that reported in the last financial year.
Revisions could be used as tool to get short term price movement insight, and for the company that in the past seven days was no upward and no downward review(s). Turning to the stock’s technical picture we see that short term indicators suggest on average that VSTM is a 50% Sell. On the other hand, the stock is on average a 50% Buy as suggested by medium term indicators while long term indicators are putting the stock in 50% Sell category.
4 analyst(s) have given their forecast ratings for the stock on a scale of 1.00-5.00 for a strong buy to strong sell recommendation. A total of 0 analyst(s) rate the stock as a Hold, 4 recommend VSTM as a Buy and 0 give it an Overweight rating. Meanwhile, 0 analyst(s) rate the stock as Underweight and 0 say it is a Sell. As such, the average rating for the stock is Buy which could provide an opportunity for investors keen on increasing their holdings of the company’s stock.
VSTM’s current price about -8.73% and -25.14% off the 20-day and 50-day simple moving averages respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently prints 31.85, while 7-day volatility ratio is 4.42% and 5.14% in the 30-day chart. Further, Verastem Inc. (VSTM) has a beta value of 0.94, and an average true range (ATR) of 0.14. Analysts have given the company’s stock an average 52-week price target of $6.25, forecast between a low of $5.00 and high of $8.00. Looking at the price targets, the low is -91.57% off current price level while to achieve the yearly target high, price needs to move -206.51%. Nonetheless, investors will most likely welcome a -129.89% jump to $6.00 which is the analysts’ median price.
In the market, a comparison of Verastem Inc. (VSTM) and its peers suggest the former has performed considerably weaker. Data shows VSTM’s intraday price has changed -3.33% in last session and 97.73% over the past year. Comparatively, Pfizer Inc. (PFE) has moved -0.27% on the day and only 31.39% in the past 12 months. Looking at another peer, we see that Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LH) price has dipped -0.86% on the day. However, the stock is 68.24% off its price a year ago. Moreover, GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) is also down -0.39% in trading on the day while keeping a an uptrend of 1.84% over the past year. Elsewhere, the overall performance for the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial shows that the indexes are down -0.58% and -0.54% respectively in the last trading.
If we refocus on Verastem Inc. (NASDAQ:VSTM), historical trading data shows that trading volumes averaged 1.88 million over the past 10 days and 2.09 million over the past 3 months. The company’s latest data on shares outstanding shows there are 171.99 million shares.
The 0.70% of Verastem Inc.’s shares are in the hands of company insiders while institutional holders own 65.40% of the company’s shares. Also important is the data on short interest which shows that short shares stood at 7.61 million on Jul 29, 2021, giving us a short ratio of 5.52. The data shows that as of Jul 29, 2021 short interest in Verastem Inc. (VSTM) stood at 4.21% of shares outstanding, with shares short falling to 13.38 million registered in Jun 29, 2021. Current price change has pushed the stock 22.54% YTD, which shows the potential for further growth is there. It is this reason that could see investor optimism for the VSTM stock continues to rise going into the next quarter.