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DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ: DRRX) Up 16.48%: Here’s What Analysts’ Predictions Are Now.

DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) shares, rose in value on Wednesday, 06/22/22, with the stock price up by 16.48% to the previous day’s close as strong demand from buyers drove the stock to $0.53.

Actively observing the price movement in the last trading, the stock closed the session at $0.45, falling within a range of $0.44 and $0.5918. The value of beta (5-year monthly) was 1.30. Referring to stock’s 52-week performance, its high was $1.84, and the low was $0.36. On the whole, DRRX has fluctuated by 32.80% over the past month.

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With the market capitalization of DURECT Corporation currently standing at about $122.97 million, investors are eagerly awaiting this quarter’s results, scheduled for Mar 02, 2022 – Mar 07, 2022. As a result, investors might want to see an improvement in the stock’s price before the company announces its earnings report. Analysts are projecting the company’s earnings per share (EPS) to be -$0.05, which is expected to increase to -$0.05 for fiscal year -$0.19 and then to about -$0.16 by fiscal year 2023. Data indicates that the EPS growth is expected to be -18.80% in 2023, while the next year’s EPS growth is forecast to be 15.80%.

Analysts have estimated the company’s revenue for the quarter at $3.84 million, with a low estimate of $1.4 million and a high estimate of $5.9 million. According to the average forecast, sales growth in current quarter could jump up 5.20%, compared to the corresponding quarter of last year. Wall Street analysts also predicted that in 2023, the company’s y-o-y revenues would reach $14.6 million, representing an increase of 4.50% from the revenues reported in the last year’s results.

Revisions could be a useful indicator to get insight on short-term price movement; so for the company, there were no upward and no downward review(s) in last seven days. We see that DRRX’s technical picture suggests that short-term indicators denote the stock is a Hold on average. However, medium term indicators have put the stock in the category of 50% Sell while long term indicators on average have been pointing out that it is a 100% Sell.

3 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 0 analyst(s), 3 recommend it as a Buy and 0 called the DRRX stock Overweight. In the meantime, 0 analyst(s) believe the stock as Underweight and 0 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 DRRX currently trading nearly 5.27% and 13.57% away from the simple moving averages for 20 and 50 days respectively. The Relative Strength Index (RSI, 14) currently indicates a reading of 52.62, while the 7-day volatility ratio is showing 16.17% which for the 30-day chart, stands at 16.11%. Furthermore, DURECT Corporation (DRRX)’s beta value is 1.38, and its average true range (ATR) is 0.07. The company’s stock has been forecasted to trade at an average price of $5.67 over the course of the next 52 weeks, with a low of $5.00 and a high of $6.00. Based on these price targets, the low is -843.4% off current price, whereas the price has to move -1032.08% to reach the yearly target high. Additionally, analysts’ median price of $6.00 is likely to be welcomed by investors because it represents a decrease of -1032.08% from the current levels.

A comparison of DURECT Corporation (DRRX) with its peers suggests the former has fared considerably weaker in the market. DRRX showed an intraday change of 16.48% in last session, and over the past year, it shrunk by -68.83%%. In comparison, Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) has moved higher at 3.14% on the day and was up 38.50% over the past 12 months. On the other hand, the price of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) has risen 1.58% on the day. The stock, however, is off 7.41% from where it was a year ago. Additionally, there is a gain of 2.00% for Pfizer Inc. (PFE) in last trading while the stock has seen an overall depriciation of 23.88%% over the past year. Other than that, the overall performance of the S&P 500 during the last trading session shows that it lost -0.13%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones Industrial Slipped by -0.15%.

Data on historical trading for DURECT Corporation (NASDAQ:DRRX) indicates that the trading volumes over the past 10 days have averaged 0.98 million and over the past 3 months, they’ve averaged 948.44K. According to company’s latest data on outstanding shares, there are 227.69 million shares outstanding.

Nearly 0.20% of DURECT Corporation’s shares belong to company insiders and institutional investors own 52.20% of the company’s shares. The data on short interest also indicates that stock shorts accounted for 14.59 million shares as on Apr 28, 2022, resulting in a short ratio of 14.06. According to the data, the short interest in DURECT Corporation (DRRX) stood at 6.41% of shares outstanding as of Apr 28, 2022; the number of short shares registered in Mar 30, 2022 reached 10.82 million. The stock has fallen by -46.58% since the beginning of the year, thereby showing the potential of a further growth. This could raise investors’ confidence to be optimistic about the DRRX stock heading into the next quarter.

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