Stock Movers: Why Pfenex Inc. (PFNX) Stock Is Jumping About 2.22 Percent Today

Pfenex Inc. (NYSE:PFNX) is one of the stocks that are grabbing investor focus today: skyrocketing 2.22% or (0.19 points) to $8.75 from its previous close of $8.56. Does this growth mean it the best stock to buy right now? The shares seem to have an active trading volume day with a reported 187441 contracts so far this session. PFNX shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 302.71 thousand shares, but with a 29.19 million float and a 7.81% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for PFNX stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $17 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 94.29% from where the PFNX share price has been trading recently which is between $8.35 and $9.04. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $19. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $19.

During the recent trading session for Pfenex Inc. (NYSE:PFNX), the company witnessed their stock rise $1.29 over a week and tumble down $-0.54 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $10.2, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 09/17/19. The recent low of $3.13 stood for a -14.22% since 02/01/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 2.27 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is greater than one, it implies that the stock is more volatile than the market, a data that traders are keeping close attention to. At the moment, the median target price for PFNX is set at $19, a figure which is above the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Pfenex Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 54.93. This figure suggests that PFNX stock, for now, is neutral, meaning that the shares are stable in terms of price movement. The stochastic readings, on the other hand, based on the current PFNX readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 68.58% at this stage. This figure means that PFNX share price today is being neutral.

Technical chart claims that Pfenex Inc. (PFNX) would settle between $8.95/share to $9.34/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $8.26 mark, then the market for Pfenex Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $7.96 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.43. Traders are always alerted for the move of a stock above or below the zero line due to the fact that the reading is an indicator of the position of the short-term average relative to the long-term average. If the MACD is above the zero line, then the short-term average relative is above that of the long-term average, thus implying an upward momentum. Vice versa is the case if the MACD is below the zero line.

Analysts at Mizuho lifted target price for shares of PFNX but were stick to Buy recommendation for the stock in their opinion released on August 09. The price target has been raised from $22 to $18. Barclays analysts again handed out a Overweight recommendation to Pfenex Inc. (NYSE:PFNX) stock but they lifted target price for the shares in a flash note issued to investors on May 24. The target price has been raised from $28 to $14. Analysts at Barclays, made their first call for the equity with a Overweight recommendation, according to a research note that dated back to May 18.

PFNX equity has an average rating of 1.8, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 2 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 0 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 2 were split even though not equally. Some analysts rate the stock as a buy or a strong buy while no rated it as a sell. 2 analysts rated Pfenex Inc. (NYSE:PFNX) as a buy or a strong buy while not a single analyst advised that investors should desist from purchasing the stock or sell them if they already own the company’s stock.

Pfenex Inc. (PFNX)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly 142.3% to hit $8.65 million, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 102.7% from $14.86 million to a noteworthy $30.12 million. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Pfenex Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 73.5% to hit $-0.09 per share. For the fiscal year, PFNX’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly 59.3% to hit $-0.57 per share.