OncoSec Medical (NASDAQ: ONCS) and Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR) are both healthcare companies, but which is the superior investment? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their earnings, risk, analyst recommendations, valuation, institutional ownership, dividends and profitability.
Valuation & Earnings
This table compares OncoSec Medical and Nektar Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
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OncoSec Medical has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Nektar Therapeutics. Nektar Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than OncoSec Medical, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This table compares OncoSec Medical and Nektar Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
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This is a breakdown of recent recommendations for OncoSec Medical and Nektar Therapeutics, as reported by MarketBeat.
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OncoSec Medical presently has a consensus price target of $5.33, suggesting a potential upside of 174.91%. Nektar Therapeutics has a consensus price target of $39.36, suggesting a potential downside of 45.33%. Given OncoSec Medical’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe OncoSec Medical is more favorable than Nektar Therapeutics.
Risk and Volatility
OncoSec Medical has a beta of 3.27, indicating that its stock price is 227% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Nektar Therapeutics has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its stock price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.
Insider & Institutional Ownership
5.2% of OncoSec Medical shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 96.0% of Nektar Therapeutics shares are held by institutional investors. 5.5% of OncoSec Medical shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 5.4% of Nektar Therapeutics shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, hedge funds and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.
OncoSec Medical beats Nektar Therapeutics on 8 of the 13 factors compared between the two stocks.
About OncoSec Medical
OncoSec Medical Incorporated is a biotechnology company. The Company is focused on designing, developing and commercializing gene therapies, therapeutics and medical approaches to stimulate an anti-tumor immune response for the treatment of cancer. The Company’s lead product candidate, ImmunoPulse IL-12, consists of a plasmid construct encoding the proinflammatory cytokine, IL-12, which is delivered into the tumor through in vivo electroporation. As of July 31, 2016, the Company was pursuing two Phase II trials: ImmunoPulse IL-12 monotherapy in patients with metastatic melanoma and ImmunoPulse IL-12 plus pembrolizumab in patients with advanced, metastatic melanoma. In addition, it is pursuing ImmunoPulse IL-12 monotherapy in patients with triple negative breast cancer. Its ImmunoPulse product candidates are based on its deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)-based immunotherapy technology, which is designed to stimulate the human immune system, resulting in systemic anti-tumor immune responses.
About Nektar Therapeutics
Nektar Therapeutics is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers and develops medicines in areas of high unmet medical need. The Company’s research and development pipeline of new investigational drugs includes treatments for cancer, auto-immune disease and chronic pain. It leverages its chemistry platform to discover and design new drug candidates. These drug candidates utilize its polymer conjugate technology platforms, which are designed to enable the development of new molecular entities that target known mechanisms of action. Its programs include Immuno-oncology (I-O), Immunology, Pain-NKTR-181 and Oncology-ONZEALD. It is developing medicines designed to directly or indirectly modulate the activity of key immune cells, such as cytotoxic T cells and Natural Killer (NK) cells, to increase their numbers and improve their function to recognize and attack cancer cells.
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