A Comparison of Top Movers: Omeros Corporation (OMER), ArQule, Inc. (ARQL)

The shares of Omeros Corporation have increased by more than 25.78% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 7.81% or $1.77 and now trades at $24.44. The shares of ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL), has jumped by 96.97% year to date as of 05/15/2018. The shares currently trade at $3.25 and have been able to report a change of 31.05% over the past one week.

The stock of Omeros Corporation and ArQule, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Tueday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. These figures suggest that ARQL ventures generate a higher ROI than that of OMER.

Liquidity and Financial Risk

The ability of a company to meet up with its short-term obligations and be able to clear its longer-term debts is measured using Liquidity and leverage ratios. The current ratio for OMER is 3.20 and that of ARQL is 5.40. This implies that it is easier for OMER to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than ARQL.


OMER currently trades at a P/S of 18.21 while ARQL trades at a P/B of 29.55, and a P/S of 69.05. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, OMER is the cheaper one. It is very obvious that earnings are the most important factors to investors, thus analysts are most likely to place their bet on the P/E.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. The price of OMER is currently at a -32.49% to its one-year price target of 36.20. Looking at its rival pricing, ARQL is at a -36.27% relative to its price target of 5.10.

When looking at the investment recommendation on say a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being a strong buy, 3 a hold, and 5 a sell), OMER is given a 2.20 while 1.80 placed for ARQL. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for OMER stocks.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for OMER is 6.97 while that of ARQL is just 1.64. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ARQL stock.


The stock of Omeros Corporation defeats that of ArQule, Inc. when the two are compared, with OMER taking 2 out of the total factors that were been considered. OMER happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, OMER is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for OMER is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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