Choosing Between Hot Stocks: Athersys, Inc. (ATHX), Energy Fuels Inc. (UUUU)

The shares of Athersys, Inc. have increased by more than 54.14% this year alone. The shares of Energy Fuels Inc. (NYSE:UUUU), has jumped by 16.20% year to date as of 06/06/2018. The shares currently trade at $2.08 and have been able to report a change of 10.05% over the past one week.

The stock of Athersys, Inc. and Energy Fuels Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Wednesday. 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 UUUU ventures generate a higher ROI than that of ATHX.

Cash Flow

The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, ATHX’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.19, while that of UUUU is also a negative -0.05.


ATHX currently trades at a P/B of 7.54, and a P/S of 112.93 while UUUU trades at a P/B of 1.25, and a P/S of 5.24. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ATHX 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 ATHX is currently at a -61.94% to its one-year price target of 7.33. Looking at its rival pricing, UUUU is at a -58.4% relative to its price target of 5.00.

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), ATHX is given a 1.50 while 2.00 placed for UUUU. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for UUUU 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 ATHX is 14.09 while that of UUUU is just 5.44. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for UUUU stock.


The stock of Athersys, Inc. defeats that of Energy Fuels Inc. when the two are compared, with ATHX taking 6 out of the total factors that were been considered. ATHX 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, ATHX is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for ATHX is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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