Which of 2 stocks would appeal to long-term investors? OncoSec Medical Incorporated (ONCS), Agenus Inc. (AGEN)

The shares of OncoSec Medical Incorporated have decreased by more than -0.31% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -12.43% or -$0.23 and now trades at $1.62. The shares of Agenus Inc. (NASDAQ:AGEN), has jumped by 26.07% year to date as of 04/16/2018. The shares currently trade at $4.11 and have been able to report a change of -3.97% over the past one week.

The stock of OncoSec Medical Incorporated and Agenus Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Monday. 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 ONCS ventures generate a higher ROI than that of AGEN.

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 ONCS is 6.70 and that of AGEN is 1.30. This implies that it is easier for ONCS to cover its immediate obligations over the next 12 months than AGEN.


ONCS currently trades at a P/B of 3.12, while AGEN trades at a P/S of 9.39. This means that looking at the earnings, book values and sales basis, ONCS 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 ONCS is currently at a -67.6% to its one-year price target of 5.00. Looking at its rival pricing, AGEN is at a -41.29% relative to its price target of 7.00.

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), ONCS is given a 2.00 while 1.30 placed for AGEN. This means that analysts are more bullish on the outlook for ONCS 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 ONCS is 2.62 while that of AGEN is just 6.58. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for ONCS stock.


The stock of Agenus Inc. defeats that of OncoSec Medical Incorporated when the two are compared, with AGEN taking 4 out of the total factors that were been considered. AGEN 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, AGEN is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for AGEN is better on when it is viewed on short interest.

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