GlaxoSmithKline plc [NYSE: GSK] gained 0.56% or 0.2 points to close at $36.07 with a heavy trading volume of 4731145 shares. The company report on March 3, 2021 that Vir Biotechnology and GSK Provide Update on NIH-Sponsored ACTIV-3 Trial Evaluating VIR-7831 in Hospitalized Adults with COVID-19.
Vir Biotechnology, Inc. (Nasdaq: VIR) and GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) provided an update on the VIR-7831 (GSK4182136) arm of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Accelerating COVID-19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) Program Phase 3 clinical trial. The companies were informed that while VIR-7831 met initial pre-specified criteria to continue to the next phase of the ACTIV-3 trial and there were no reported safety signals, sensitivity analyses of the available data raised concerns about the magnitude of potential benefit. The independent Data and Safety Monitoring Board (DSMB) has recommended that the VIR-7831 arm of the trial be closed to enrollment while the data mature. The companies will continue discussions with the NIH about appropriate ways to further assess the potential of VIR-7831 in the hospitalized population as all parties gain a fuller understanding of the still-emerging data.
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The DSMB recommendation was based on a routine, pre-planned safety and efficacy data review of the first 300 patients hospitalized with COVID-19 enrolled in ACTIV-3.
It opened the trading session at $35.80, the shares rose to $36.09 and dropped to $35.685, the range by which the price of stock traded the whole day. The daily chart for GSK points out that the company has recorded -4.55% loss over the past six months. However, it is still -8.45% lower than its most recent low trading price.
If we look at the average trading volume of 5.92M shares, GSK reached to a volume of 4731145 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Here is what top equities market gurus are saying about GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for GSK shares is $46.57 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on GSK stock is a recommendation set at 2.00. 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.
SVB Leerink have made an estimate for GlaxoSmithKline plc shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Mkt Perform, with their previous recommendation back on March 23, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on February 04, 2021, representing the official price target for GlaxoSmithKline plc stock.
The Average True Range (ATR) for GlaxoSmithKline plc is set at 0.51, with the Price to Sales ratio for GSK stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.89. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 4.43, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 3.56. Price to Free Cash Flow for GSK in the course of the last twelve months was 19.92 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 0.60.
Trading performance analysis for GSK stock
GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK] fell into the red zone at the end of the last week, falling into a negative trend and dropping by -1.12. With this latest performance, GSK shares gained by 4.01% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -4.55% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 1.84% 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 GSK stock in for the last two-week period is set at 54.58, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 56.37, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 52.11 for GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 36.08, while it was recorded at 36.25 for the last single week of trading, and 38.01 for the last 200 days.
GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK]: A deeper dive into fundamental analysis
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK] shares currently have an operating margin of +24.00 and a Gross Margin at +67.81. GlaxoSmithKline plc’s Net Margin is presently recorded at +16.86.
Return on Total Capital for GSK is now 16.90, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is 15.75. Return on Equity for this stock inclined to 44.24, with Return on Assets sitting at 7.18. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 186.12. Additionally, GSK Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 65.05, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 33.76. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 160.59, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 56.13.
Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK] managed to generate an average of $61,117 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 4.73 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.43.GlaxoSmithKline plc’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 0.60 and a Current Ratio set at 0.90.
GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK]: An earnings per share (EPS) analysis
With the latest financial reports released by the company, GlaxoSmithKline plc posted 0.96/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at 0.71/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 35.20%. 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 GSK. When it comes to the mentioned value, analysts are expecting to see the 5-year EPS growth rate for GlaxoSmithKline plc go to 4.70%.
An analysis of insider ownership at GlaxoSmithKline plc [GSK]
There are presently around $10,969 million, or 11.80% of GSK stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of GSK stocks are: DODGE & COX with ownership of 62,935,758, which is approximately 39.855% of the company’s market cap and around 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; FMR LLC, holding 19,361,008 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $698.35 million in GSK stocks shares; and CAPITAL INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS, currently with $635.5 million in GSK stock with ownership of nearly 6.746% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in GlaxoSmithKline plc stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of February and at the time of the February reporting period, where 351 institutional holders increased their position in GlaxoSmithKline plc [NYSE:GSK] by around 42,766,300 shares. Additionally, 453 investors decreased positions by around 36,147,735 shares, while 122 investors held positions by with 225,185,602 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 304,099,637 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. GSK stock had 108 new institutional investments in for a total of 3,618,266 shares, while 108 institutional investors sold positions of 4,247,615 shares during the same period.