A new trading data show Nautilus Biotechnology Inc. (NAUT) is showing positive returns.

Nautilus Biotechnology Inc. (NASDAQ: NAUT) stock fell -0.56% on Wednesday to $1.78 against a previous-day closing price of $1.79. With 0.11 million shares changed hands, the volume of the stock remained lighter than its average volume of 0.16 million shares. During the session, the Biotechnology company that operates in wider Healthcare sector, reached to the highest price of $1.7900 whereas the lowest price it dropped to was $1.7200. The 52-week range on NAUT shows that it touched its highest point at $6.29 and its lowest point at $1.73 during that stretch. It currently has a 1-year price target of $5.00.

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Price Performance and Earnings:

Stock performance is one of the indicators that investors use to determine whether they will profit from a stock. The price performance of NAUT was down-trending over the past week, with a drop of -5.32%, but this was down by -17.97% over a month. Three-month performance dropped to -25.52% while six-month performance fell -48.41%. The stock lost -61.22% in the past year, while it has lost -65.64% so far this year. A look at the trailing 12-month EPS for NAUT yields -0.49 with Next year EPS estimates of -0.81. For the next quarter, that number is -0.15. This implies an EPS growth rate of -221.60% for this year and -58.80% for next year.

Float and Shares Shorts:

At present, 124.65 million NAUT shares are outstanding with a float of 90.46 million shares on hand for trading. On Oct 13, 2022, short shares totaled 1.88 million, which was 1.51% higher than short shares on Sep 14, 2022. In addition to Mr. Sujal M. Patel as the firm’s Co-Founder, CEO, Pres, Sec. & Director, Dr. Parag Mallick Ph.D. serves as its Co-Founder, Chief Scientist & Director.

Institutional Ownership:

Through their ownership of 33.27% of NAUT’s outstanding shares, institutional investors have minority control over the company. Other institutions hold 5.18% of NAUT, in contrast to 42.97% held by mutual funds. Shares owned by individuals account for 17.31%. As the largest shareholder in NAUT with 7.31% of the stake, Perceptive Advisors LLC holds 9,111,151 shares worth 9,111,151. A second-largest stockholder of NAUT, BlackRock Fund Advisors, holds 2,506,664 shares, controlling over 2.01% of the firm’s shares. Comprehensive Financial Managemen is the third largest shareholder in NAUT, holding 2,224,619 shares or 1.79% stake. With a 0.91% stake in NAUT, the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index is the largest stakeholder. A total of 1,137,499 shares are owned by the mutual fund manager. The iShares Russell 2000 ETF, which owns about 0.73% of NAUT stock, is the second-largest Mutual Fund holder. It holds 904,328 shares valued at 2.23 million. Vanguard Extended Market Index Fu holds 0.53% of the stake in NAUT, owning 664,589 shares worth 1.64 million.

Analysts Ratings:

Reading analyst opinions is an effective way to decide where to invest, and there are several opinions available for NAUT since 4 analysts follow the stock currently. There are 2 analysts who recommend BUY ratings, while 0 suggest SELL ratings. Of the remaining analysts, 2 believe that the stock is worth HOLDING, 0 give it an OVERWEIGHT rating, and 0 thinks that it’s UNDERWEIGHT. In the same way, a target price assigned to a stock can also reveal much about its potential. With NAUT analysts setting a high price target of $7.00 and a low target of $2.00, the average target price over the next 12 months is $5.00. Based on these targets, NAUT could surge 293.26% to reach the target high and rise by 12.36% to reach the target low. Reaching the average price target will result in a growth of 180.9% from current levels.

EPS: Estimates vs Actual

It is also common to use earnings estimates to evaluate a firm’s growth potential and to determine trading strategy. NAUT will report FY 2022 earnings on 02/23/2023. Analysts have provided yearly estimates in a range of -$0.49 being high and -$0.53 being low. For NAUT, this leads to a yearly average estimate of -$0.51. The earnings surprise of a firm occurs when the actual results change from the consensus earnings estimate. Nautilus Biotechnology Inc. surprised analysts by $0.04 when it reported -$0.11 EPS against a consensus estimate of -$0.15. The surprise factor in the prior quarter was $0.05. Based on analyst estimates, the high estimate for the next quarter is -$0.13 and the low estimate is -$0.17. The average estimate for the next quarter is thus -$0.15.

Summary of Insider Activity:

Insiders traded NAUT stock several times over the past three months with 5 Buys and 0 Sells. In these transactions, 120,000 shares were bought while 0 shares were sold. The number of buy transactions has increased to 23 while that of sell transactions has risen to 1 over the past year. The total number of shares bought during that period was 828,100 while 210,000 shares were sold.

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