WallachBeth lifts VIVUS Inc. [VVUS] price estimate. Who else is bullish?



VIVUS Inc. [NASDAQ: VVUS] surged by $0.36 during the normal trading session on Monday and reaching a high of $1.47 during the day while it closed the day at $1.47. VIVUS Inc. stock has also gained 31.25% of its value over the past 7 days. However, VVUS stock has inclined by 18.55% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has lost -47.31% and lost -45.96% year-on date.

The market cap for VVUS stock reached $25.30 million, with 10.65 million shares outstanding and 16.60 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 1.64M shares, VVUS reached a trading volume of 2772922 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

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Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about VIVUS Inc. [VVUS]:

WallachBeth have made an estimate for VIVUS Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on May 04, 2016. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, WallachBeth raised their target price from $2.30 to $2.80. The new note on the price target was released on November 05, 2015, representing the official price target for VIVUS Inc. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $6 to $4, while RBC Capital Mkts kept a Outperform rating on VVUS stock.

The Average True Range (ATR) for VIVUS Inc. is set at 0.10, with the Price to Sales ratio for VVUS stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 0.35.

VVUS stock trade performance evaluation

VIVUS Inc. [VVUS] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 31.25. With this latest performance, VVUS shares gained by 33.64% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -47.31% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -55.86% in the past year of trading.

Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for VVUS stock in for the last two-week period is set at 69.23, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 75.65, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 57.79 for VIVUS Inc. [VVUS]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 1.2748, while it was recorded at 1.1680 for the last single week of trading, and 2.5204 for the last 200 days.

VIVUS Inc. [VVUS]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and VIVUS Inc. [VVUS] shares currently have an operating margin of -15.72 and a Gross Margin at +56.68. VIVUS Inc.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -45.16.

Return on Total Capital for VVUS is now -5.12, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -25.77. Additionally, VVUS Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 139.81, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 111.35.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, VIVUS Inc. [VVUS] managed to generate an average of -$533,949 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 2.79 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.27.VIVUS Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.30 and a Current Ratio set at 0.40.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for VIVUS Inc. [VVUS] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, VIVUS Inc. posted -0.56/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -0.99/share.When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 43.40%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for VVUS. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for VIVUS Inc. go to 0.80%.

VIVUS Inc. [VVUS]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $1 million, or 7.50% of VVUS stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of VVUS stocks are: RENAISSANCE TECHNOLOGIES LLC with ownership of 417,145, which is approximately -17.665% of the company’s market cap and around 7.09% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 387,809 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $0.43 million in VVUS stocks shares; and BLACKROCK INC., currently with $0.26 million in VVUS stock with ownership of nearly -4.964% of the company’s market capitalization.

9 institutional holders increased their position in VIVUS Inc. [NASDAQ:VVUS] by around 27,235 shares. Additionally, 17 investors decreased positions by around 340,204 shares, while 17 investors held positions by with 940,164 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 1,307,603 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. VVUS stock had 4 new institutional investments in for a total of 23,855 shares, while 10 institutional investors sold positions of 209,052 shares during the same period.



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