Moderna Inc. (MRNA) Stock Could Soon Reward Patient Investors

Moderna Inc. (NASDAQ: MRNA) is 38.59% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $18.30 and a high of $189.26 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The MRNA stock was last observed hovering at around $150.17 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -5.38% off its average median price target of $175.50 for the next 12 months. It is also 32.66% off the consensus price target high of $215.00 offered by 15 analysts, but current levels are -80.99% lower than the price target low of $80.00 for the same period.

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Currently trading at $144.79, the stock is -14.65% and -0.01% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 9.48 million and changing -3.58% at the moment leaves the stock 56.34% off its SMA200. MRNA registered 509.39% gain for a year compared to 6-month gain of 123.17%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $152.23 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $104.27.

The stock witnessed a -1.50% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a 48.34%, and is -18.09% down over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 6.95% over the week and 7.05% over the month.

Moderna Inc. (MRNA) has around 830 employees, a market worth around $55.60B and $246.70M in sales. Fwd P/E is 10.95. Distance from 52-week low is 691.20% and -23.50% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (-44.90%).

Moderna Inc. (MRNA) Analyst Forecasts

Analyst recommendations provided by FactSet shows that the consensus forecast for Moderna Inc. (MRNA) is a “Overweight”. 15 analysts offering their recommendations for the stock have an average rating of 2.60, where 5 rate it as a Hold and 0 think it is a “Overweight”. 7 of the analysts rate the stock as a “Buy”. 2 analysts have rated the stock as a Sell or Underperform.

Moderna Inc. is expected to release its quarterly report on 05/13/2021 and quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at -$0.35 with sales reaching $279.41M over the same period.The EPS is expected to shrink by -27.10% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 761.70% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 1,888.00% in year-over-year returns.

Moderna Inc. (MRNA) Top Institutional Holders

755 institutions hold shares in Moderna Inc. (MRNA), with 39.59M shares held by insiders accounting for 10.01% while institutional investors hold 57.84% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 394.68M, and float is at 356.20M with Short Float at 5.61%. Institutions hold 52.06% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Flagship Pioneering Inc. with over 30.87 million shares valued at $3.23 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 7.80% of the MRNA Shares outstanding. As of Dec 30, 2020, the second largest holder is Baillie Gifford and Company with 24.31 million shares valued at $2.54 billion to account for 6.14% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) which holds 23.37 million shares representing 5.91% and valued at over $2.44 billion, while Blackrock Inc. holds 5.17% of the shares totaling 20.48 million with a market value of $2.14 billion.

Moderna Inc. (MRNA) Insider Activity

A total of 537 insider transactions have happened at Moderna Inc. (MRNA) in the last six months, with sales accounting for 453 and purchases happening 84 times. The most recent transaction is an insider sale by AFEYAN NOUBAR, the company’s Director. SEC filings show that AFEYAN NOUBAR sold 1,753,697 shares of the company’s common stock on Feb 24 at a price of $146.19 per share for a total of $256.38 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 12.87 million shares.

Moderna Inc. disclosed in a document filed with the SEC on Feb 23 that AFEYAN NOUBAR (Director) sold a total of 2,947,638 shares of the company’s common stock. The trade occurred on Feb 23 and was made at $145.35 per share for $428.43 million. Following the transaction, the insider now directly holds 14.62 million shares of the MRNA stock.

Still, SEC filings show that on Feb 22, Zaks Tal Zvi (Chief Medical Officer) disposed off 5,000 shares at an average price of $164.84 for $0.82 million. The insider now directly holds 0 shares of Moderna Inc. (MRNA).

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