Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO] Stock trading around $1.27 per share: What’s Next?

Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [NASDAQ: ARPO] surged by $0.03 during the normal trading session on Wednesday and reaching a high of $1.38 during the day while it closed the day at $1.27. The company report on September 1, 2020 that Aerpio and Quantum Leap Announce First Patients Dosed with Razuprotafib in the I-SPY COVID Trial to Treat ARDS in Critically-ill COVID-19 Patients.

Aerpio Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (“Aerpio”) (Nasdaq: ARPO) and Quantum Leap Healthcare Collaborative™ (Quantum Leap) announced today dosing of the first patient with razuprotafib in the I-SPY COVID Trial (NCT04488081), a phase 2 platform trial aimed at improving treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in severely ill COVID-19 (adult) patients. Further details about the study can be found here.

“Finding an effective therapeutic agent to treat patients who get critically ill in response to the COVID 19 infection is of utmost importance regardless of whether we have a vaccine,” said Laura Esserman , the founder of the I-SPY programs. “Our group is focused on screening promising agents and quickly identifying therapies that work. Razuprotafib was selected because of its potential to reverse the lung damage by activating Tie2 and stabilizing the leaky blood vessels that cause some of the damage. This has the potential to prevent death and improve time to recovery, which is what we need for this pandemic and any other that comes along in the future.”.

Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. stock has also loss -1.55% of its value over the past 7 days. However, ARPO stock has inclined by 4.10% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has gained 135.21% and gained 103.69% year-on date.

The market cap for ARPO stock reached $54.34 million, with 40.59 million shares outstanding and 34.44 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 1.86M shares, ARPO reached a trading volume of 3627181 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to say about Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO]:

Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for ARPO shares is $2.00 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on ARPO stock is a recommendation set at 3.00. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.

Needham have made an estimate for Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Buy, with their previous recommendation back on July 23, 2018.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. is set at 0.16, with the Price to Sales ratio for ARPO stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.62. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 1.21, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 1.05.

ARPO stock trade performance evaluation

Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.55. With this latest performance, ARPO shares dropped by -20.63% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 135.21% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 81.43% 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 ARPO stock in for the last two-week period is set at 42.65, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 37.73, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 44.79 for Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 1.4012, while it was recorded at 1.2520 for the last single week of trading, and 0.8838 for the last 200 days.

Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO]: An insightful look at the core fundamentals

Return on Total Capital for ARPO is now -47.35, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -48.85. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -48.89, with Return on Assets sitting at -44.73. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 0.47. Additionally, ARPO Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 0.46, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 0.43. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 0.18, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 0.18.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO] managed to generate an average of -$1,939,209 per employee.Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 14.60 and a Current Ratio set at 14.60.

Earnings per share (EPS) analysis for Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO] stock

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. posted -0.21/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -0.22/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 4.50%. 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 ARPO.

Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [ARPO]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $12 million, or 27.30% of ARPO stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of ARPO stocks are: ORBIMED ADVISORS LLC with ownership of 5,193,946, which is approximately 0% of the company’s market cap and around 24.32% of the total institutional ownership; RENAISSANCE TECHNOLOGIES LLC, holding 1,815,875 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.31 million in ARPO stocks shares; and VANGUARD GROUP INC, currently with $1.46 million in ARPO stock with ownership of nearly -3.471% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of August and at the time of the August reporting period, where 8 institutional holders increased their position in Aerpio Pharmaceuticals Inc. [NASDAQ:ARPO] by around 1,804,537 shares. Additionally, 10 investors decreased positions by around 229,411 shares, while 7 investors held positions by with 7,324,392 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 9,358,340 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. ARPO stock had 6 new institutional investments in for a total of 439,758 shares, while 4 institutional investors sold positions of 71,694 shares during the same period.

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