Viking Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) concluded the trading at $14.77 on Friday, September 15 with a fall of -1.53% from its closing price on previous day.
Taking a look at stock we notice that its last check on previous day was $15.00 and 5Y monthly beta was reading 0.52 with its price kept floating in the range of $14.58 and $15.41 on the day. Considering stock’s 52-week price range provides that VKTX hit a high price of $25.72 and saw its price falling to a low level of $2.53 during that period. Over a period of past 1-month, stock came adding 4.01% in its value.
With its current market valuation of $1.36 billion, Viking Therapeutics Inc. is set to declare its quarterly results on Oct 24, 2023 – Oct 30, 2023. Analysts are in estimates of -$0.22 per share for company’s earnings in the current quarter and are expecting its annual EPS growth moving up to -$0.9 for 2023 with estimates of that growing to -$1.02 in next year.
In last 7 days, analysts came adjusting their opinions about stock’s EPS with no upward and no downward revisions, an indication which could give clearer idea about the company’s short term price movement. In contrast, when we review VKTX stock’s current outlook then short term indicators are assigning it an average of Hold, while medium term indicators are categorizing the stock at an average of Hold. Long term indicators are suggesting an average of Hold for it.
According to ratings assigned by 11 analysts at the scale of 1 to 5 with 1.00 representing a strong buy and 5.00 suggesting a strong sell; 0 of them are recommending Viking Therapeutics Inc. (VKTX) as a Hold, while 10 are in view that stock is a Buy. Recommendation by 0 analysts for the stock is an Underweight while number of those analysts who rated the stock as an Overweight is 1, whereas 0 of them are considering the stock as a Sell. When taken as whole, stock gets a rating of Overweight and that encourages the investors to exploit the opportunity and build their stake up in the company.
Digging deeper we become aware of the PEG ratio of the VKTX stock which is currently positioned at 0. It further provides that stock’s current price level is 2.38% away from its 20-day simple moving average and is 1.02% off its SMA50. Its relative strength index (RSI) for 14-periods is oscillating at 50.48 while volatility remained at 4.70% over the past week which changes to 4.73% when measuring it over the past month. Beta is valued at 0.52, while measure of average true range or ATR is currently at 0.74. In predicting price targets of as low as $28.00 and as high as $40.00, analysts are in agreement on assigning the stock over the next 12 months average price target of $33.80. Stock’s current price level is -89.57% above from estimated low price target while it is -170.82% below the estimated high; and even if the VKTX’s share succeeded to reach the median price of $34.00, then the outlook of -130.2% could come to the excitement of the investors.
In comparing Viking Therapeutics Inc. (VKTX)’s stock with other industry players reveals that stock’s current price change of -1.53% and that of 360.12% over the past 12 months is in competing position with that of Societal CDMO Inc. (SCTL) which saw its stock price fall by -2.29% in the last trading and went through a decrease of -63.08% in past 12-month trading. Industry’s another major player Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical Inc. (RARE) has fall -4.02% down in previous session, but over the past year has faced a fall of -16.77% over the same period. Viking Therapeutics Inc. has a P/E ratio of 0. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Index was down -1.22% in the last trading session while the Dow Jones Industrial closed the session lower at -0.83%.
Having a second look at Viking Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:VKTX) provides that stock’s average daily trading volume for 3 months was 2.28 million, while it jumped to 2.19 million when we calculate an average volume for past 10 days. Number of outstanding shares of the stock stood at 99.01 million.
The percentage of outstanding shares held by the insiders is 5.89% while it is 35.70% for the institutional holders. The figures also indicate that as of Aug 30, 2023, number of stock’s short shares was 12.91 million which implies a short ratio of 8.64. This shows up a 12.91% of Short Interest in company’s outstanding shares on the day. In August the standing of shares short improved as it was 11.84 million in the previous month. Addition of 57.13% by stock’s current price to its year-to-date value in last trading session is likely to be increasing investors’ interest in the stock as it is hinting an extended uptrend.