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What Does Nektar Therapeutics’s (NASDAQ: NKTR) Future Hold?

Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) traded at $2.27 at close of the session on Tuesday, 01/24/23, made an upward move of 1.34% on its previous day’s price.

Looking at the stock we see that its previous close was $2.24 and the beta (5Y monthly) reads 1.18 with the day’s price range being $2.20 – $2.345. In terms of its 52-week price range, NKTR has a high of $11.59 and a low of $1.99. The company’s stock has lost about -8.47% over that past 30 days.

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Nektar Therapeutics has a market cap of $430.32 million and is expected to release its quarterly earnings report on Feb 27, 2023 – Mar 03, 2023. Estimates by analysts give the company expected earnings per share (EPS) of -$0.45, with the EPS growth for the year raised at -$2.17 for 2022 and -$1.07 for next year. These figures represent 24.10% and 50.70% growth in EPS for the two years respectively.

Analysts tracking the company’s growth have also given it a consensus growth in revenue estimated at $22.61 million, with a low of $20.9 million and a high of $25.87 million. The median projection represents growth adding up to -9.30% compared to sales growth for the corresponding quarter a year ago. According to analyst consensus estimates figures, the company’s yearly revenue forecast for 2022 is expected to hit $90.81 million, or -10.90% down from figures reported last year.

There have been no upward and no downward revisions for the stock’s EPS in last 7 days, something that reflects the nature of company’s price movement in short term. On the other hand, looking at the outlook for the NKTR stock, short term indicators assign the stock an average of 100% Sell, while medium term indicators assign it an average of 100% Sell. Long term indicators on average place the stock in the category of 100% Sell.

Looking further, we note the current price level is -1.60% off its SMA20 and -18.82% from its 50-day simple moving average. The RSI (14) is pointing at 40.32 while the volatility over the past week is 6.49% and jumps to 6.95% over the past one month. The beta value is 0.93, while the average true range (ATR) is currently pointing at 0.16. The average price target for the stock over the next 12 months is $4.41, with the estimates having a low of $3.00 and a high of $6.00. These price ends are -32.16% and -164.32% off the current price level respectively, although investors could be excited at the prospect of a -107.05% if the NKTR share price touches on the median price of $4.70.

Let’s briefly compare Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) stock to its peers. We find that current price change of 1.34% and -79.27% over the past 12 months for NKTR competes that of Rogers Corporation (ROG), which has seen its stock price fall -0.78% in the last trading session and was -51.90% over the last one year.. In contrast to these companies, both the S&P 500 Index and the Dow Jones Industrial were at -0.07% and 0.31%, respectively, at close of the trading.

Coming back to Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), we note that the average 3-month trading volume was 1.56 million, while that of the preceding 10-day period stands at 1.06 million. Current shares outstanding are 187.64 million.

The insiders hold 1.50% of the company’s shares while institutions hold 94.80%. The data shows that short shares as of Oct 13, 2022, stood at 17.39 million at a short ratio of 8.79. This represents a 9.28% short interest in shares outstanding on Oct 13, 2022. Shares short fall in October from the previous month at 17.59 million. Investors should be excited about this stock as its upside potential is great, with current price pushing the stock 0.44% up in year-to-date price movement.

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