Which of these 2 stocks can turn out to be absolute gem? – Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR), Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (PBYI)

The shares of Nektar Therapeutics have increased by more than 40.66% this year alone. The shares recently went up by 11.02% or $8.34 and now trades at $84.00. The shares of Puma Biotechnology, Inc. (NASDAQ:PBYI), has slumped by -30.80% year to date as of 02/14/2018. The shares currently trade at $68.40 and have been able to report a change of 11.49% over the past one week.

The stock of Nektar Therapeutics and Puma Biotechnology, 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 PBYI ventures generate a higher ROI than that of NKTR.

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 NKTR is 4.10 and that of PBYI is 1.20. This implies that it is easier for NKTR to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than PBYI. The debt ratio of NKTR is 2.94 compared to 0.00 for PBYI. NKTR can be able to settle its long-term debts and thus is a lower financial risk than PBYI.


NKTR currently trades at a P/B of 155.56, and a P/S of 52.98 while PBYI trades at a P/B of 32.11, and a P/S of 412.87. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, NKTR 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 NKTR is currently at a 33.69% to its one-year price target of 62.83. Looking at its rival pricing, PBYI is at a -30.6% relative to its price target of 98.56. This figure implies that over the next one year, PBYI is a better investment.

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), NKTR is given a 1.70 while 1.80 placed for PBYI. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for PBYI 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 NKTR is 3.53 while that of PBYI is just 3.82. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for NKTR stock.


The stock of Nektar Therapeutics defeats that of Puma Biotechnology, Inc. when the two are compared, with NKTR taking 5 out of the total factors that were been considered. NKTR 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, NKTR is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for NKTR is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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