Why Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AERI) Is Getting Lifted Today

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI) is among the top gainers of the stock market today, skyrocketing 3.51% or (0.67 points) to $19.75 from its previous close of $19.08. 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 389366 contracts so far this session. AERI shares had a relatively better volume day versus average trading capacity of 1.37 million shares, but with a 40.1 million float and a 3.02% run over a week, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye on. The one year price forecast for AERI stock indicates that the average analyst price target is $41.56 per share. This means the stock has a potential increase of 110.43% from where the AERI share price has been trading recently which is between $18.44 and $19.23. There are some brokerage firms that offer lower targets than the average, with one of them, even setting their price target at $25. Flipping the other side of the coin, an analyst who is fully bullish set a price target as high as $54.

During the recent trading session for Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI), the company witnessed their stock rise $1.58 over a week and tumble down $-4.15 from the price 20 days ago. When compared to their established 52-week high of $50.1, the high they recorded in their recent session happens to be lower. Their established 52-week high was attained by the company on 03/21/19. The recent low of $17.15 stood for a -60.58% since 11/21/19, a data which is good for most investors who are looking to take advantage of the stock’s recent rise. A beta of 0.41 is also allocated to the stock. Since the beta is less 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 AERI is set at $41, a figure which is below the recent 1-year high the stock witnessed.

Looking at the current readings for Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc., the two-week RSI stands at 52.65. This figure suggests that AERI 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 AERI readings is similarly very revealing as it has a stochastic reading of 84.25% at this stage. This figure means that AERI share price today is being oversold.

Technical chart claims that Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AERI) would settle between $19.39/share to $19.71/share level. However, if the stock price goes below the $18.6 mark, then the market for Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. becomes much weaker. If that happens, the stock price might even plunge as low as $18.13 for its downside target. The stock is currently in the green zone of MACD, with the indicator reading 0.47. 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 H.C. Wainwright lifted target price for shares of AERI but were stick to Buy recommendation for the stock in their opinion released on November 07. The price target has been raised from $55 to $41. Needham analysts again handed out a Buy recommendation to Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI) stock but they lifted target price for the shares in a flash note issued to investors on October 30. The target price has been raised from $54 to $48. Analysts at Needham are sticking to their Buy stance. However, on August 08, they lifted price target for these shares to $54 from $74.

AERI equity has an average rating of 2.06, with the figure leaning towards a bullish end. 9 analysts who tracked the company were contacted by Reuters. Amongst them, 1 rated the stock as a hold while the remaining 8 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. 8 analysts rated Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:AERI) 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.

Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AERI)’s current-quarter revenues are projected to climb by nearly 31.6% to hit $19.02 million, based on current consensus estimate. The firm’s full-year revenues are expected to expand by over 165.5% from $24.18 million to a noteworthy $64.21 million. At the other end of the current quarter income statement, Aerie Pharmaceuticals, Inc. is expected to see its adjusted earnings surge by roughly 17.4% to hit $-0.76 per share. For the fiscal year, AERI’s earnings are projected to climb by roughly 32% to hit $-3.16 per share.