Why Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPRX) Dropped 11.44% in Thursday’s Stock Market

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRX) is trending higher in the market today as the company shares are trading 11.44% or 0.85 points down from last closing price of $7.43, reaching $6.58 at last check. Any clue why there is so much of action in the CPRX stock? The share price has dropped in 1 of the last 5 days and is up 102.45% over the past week. It will be exciting to see whether the stock manages to continue decreasing or take a minor break for the next few days. The move came on weak volume too with far less shares changing hands than in a normal session. Trading activity as of this writing weakened by -2,352,536 shares, and in total 1.624 million shares valued at $10.684 million were seen changing hands compared with 3.976 million shares valued at $29.543 million recorded at the previous session. You should take into consideration that a falling volume on lower prices shows the bearish trend but this is an early indication which means that the CPRX stock is near its bottom.

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPRX) shares have notched a 3-month gain of about 102.45%, but has still advanced 286.98% year to date. By comparison, the stock added 125.15% over the past 12 months, while it jumped 48.6% over the 1 month. The company’s market cap is around $724.2M, with its short interest ratio standing at 4.68%.

In the current trading session for CPRX, the stock witnessed two major price actions, it rose to a high of $6.75 and was down as much as $6.26 at one point. The high recorded is very low when compared to their 52-week high which is $1.85. The 52-week high is now at -14.15 distance from current price. Their recent low of $7.67 represents a 255.95% recovery. This data is quite important for investors who look to benefit from the recent rise of the company’s stock. The price target currently for CPRX is $9.33, this is above the recent high that the stock attained. Taking a look at the overall sentimental views of financial analysts, the trading pattern of this stock recently is very clear.

The stock of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. earned $-0.12 per share in the trailing 12 months and has a P/E ratio of -54.83. You can compare it with that of similar companies in its industry to get a sense of whether the stock you’re looking to purchase is overvalued or undervalued. Its current price to earnings ratio is lower than the ones recorded by the industry which is 27.67 and lower compared to the sector’s average of 30.52. When the P/E ratio is low let’s say below 1.0, then the stock price is considered a good value. CPRX also has P/S multiple of 15.34. This is greater versus the 12 month P/S ratios of other companies in the same indutry. The peer average price to sales ratio is 0.86x.

The company recorded an interesting insider purchase transaction by the CEO on Jun 11, 2019. A Securities and Exchanges Commission filings show that Patrick J Mcenany bought a total of 25,000 CPRX shares that day for a sum of around $80,750. The filings show that the insider stake has now grown to 4,762,693 shares, currently worth $31,338,520. Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (CPRX) insiders have acquired no shares in the stock within the past three months. The total insider sales reported to the SEC in that time frame amounted to shares. In total, individual insiders traded no shares in the business, which makes up 0% of 150,000 shares that were traded over a year. In the past 12 months, insiders have purchased 150,000 shares while the seller parted with shares.

CPRX‘s last price was up 69.99% as compared to the average trading price of 50 days recorded at $3.87 while enlarging the period to 200 trading days, the average closing price was $5.19. At present, there are 97.47 million in the total number of common shares owned by the public and among those 95.82 million shares have been available to trade. The percentage of shares being held by the company management was 4.6% while institutions stake was 61.4%. The company has generated negative returns on equity over the last 12 months (-21%). It managed to keep its gross profit margin at 85.7% over the past 12 months.

When assessing the full upside of the CPRX stock, there is another set of technicals that should be looked into and considered. Its 6.65% gain from moving average of $6.17 has brought about a positive sentiment when calculated over the last 20 days. The market has allocated a beta of 2.38 to the stock. With the beta been greater than one, this implies that the company shares are theoretically more volatile than the market, something that the traders definitely are keeping an eye on.

Most of the analysts surveyed by Thomson/First Call think quite highly of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. — 5 analysts rate the stock as a buy with another 0 rating it strong buy. There are 0 analysts who maintain a hold rating for the stock, with 0 giving it a sell rating. Analysts arrived at a 12-month price target of $9.1 on shares of Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:CPRX), which corresponds to 37.88% upside potential than its current market price of $6.58 and implies potential despite the recent drop in the price. However, their current target price has fallen from $9.1 a month ago and is up handily from the consensus target of $8.125 a quarter ago.

In the last five years, the EPS of the company has been roughly -4.4%. Though the percentage looks disappointing, extra headwinds are emerging as looking out over a next 5-year period, with analysts estimating that their earnings will decrease annually by 0%. The revenue of the company has retreated at an average annualized rate of about 0 over the last five years. The company recently recorded a drop of 0%, but this figure is rather unattractive.