Why Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (GALT) Shares Are Rising 4.12 Percent Today

Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GALT) is one of the best performers on the stock market today. At current price of $4.04, the shares have already added 0.16 points (4.12% higher) from its previous close of $3.88. Should you buy or avoid them? The stock sets an active trading volume day with a reported 197713 contracts so far this session. GALT shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 282.15 thousand shares, but with a 40.58 million float and a 1.84% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for GALT stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $11 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 172.28% from where the GALT share price has been trading recently which is between $3.7 and $3.91. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $11. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $11.

During the recent trading session for Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GALT), the company witnessed their stock rise $0.22 over a week and surge $0.46 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $6.16, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 05/11/18. The recent low of $2.94 stood for a -34.4% since 08/23/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 2.95 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 GALT is set at $11, a figure which is above the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Galectin Therapeutics, Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 59.75. This figure suggests that GALT 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 GALT readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 57.9% at this stage. This figure means that GALT share price today is being neutral.

Technical chart claims that Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (GALT) would settle between $3.96/share to $4.04/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $3.75 mark, then the market for Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $3.62 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.03. 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 B. Riley FBR, assumed coverage of GALT assigning Buy rating, according to their opinion released on February 13. H.C. Wainwright analysts again handed out a Buy recommendation to Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GALT) stock but they lifted target price for the shares in a flash note issued to investors on December 07. The target price has been raised from $6 to $10. Analysts at H.C. Wainwright are sticking to their Buy stance. However, on November 28, they lifted price target for these shares to $6 from $3.50.

GALT equity has an average rating of 2.5, 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 Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ:GALT) 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.