A Comparison of Top Movers: First Solar, Inc. (FSLR), ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. (IMUC)

The shares of First Solar, Inc. have decreased by more than -20.25% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 3.92% or $2.03 and now trades at $53.85. The shares of ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. (NYSE:IMUC), has slumped by -17.72% year to date as of 06/12/2018. The shares currently trade at $0.26 and have been able to report a change of 3.42% over the past one week.

The stock of First Solar, Inc. and ImmunoCellular Therapeutics, Ltd. were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. 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. FSLR has an EBITDA margin of 14.82%, this implies that the underlying business of FSLR is more profitable. These figures suggest that FSLR ventures generate a higher ROI than that of IMUC.

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 FSLR is 6.80 and that of IMUC is 3.50. This implies that it is easier for FSLR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than IMUC. The debt ratio of FSLR is 0.08 compared to 0.00 for IMUC. FSLR can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than IMUC.


FSLR currently trades at a forward P/E of 17.40, a P/B of 1.09, and a P/S of 2.27 while IMUC trades at a P/B of 2.89, This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, FSLR 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 FSLR is currently at a -24.08% to its one-year price target of 70.93. Looking at its rival pricing, IMUC is at a -94.8% 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), FSLR is given a 2.60 while 3.00 placed for IMUC. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for IMUC 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 FSLR is 2.99 while that of IMUC is just 4.04. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for FSLR stock.


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

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