You should consider shares of Acasti Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ACST) and Avantor Inc. (NYSE:AVTR) if you are looking for a great stocks to invest in. Starting with the ACST shares, which traded at $1.91 at the close of the recent session, gaining 1.60%. On Tuesday, the company’s shares shed $0.03 from its value which represented in intraday trading. The stock is now 161.64% higher in year-to-date (YTD) trading. ACST’s intraday high was $1.95 while its lowest price touched $1.81. The stock’s 52-week high price is $2.95, which means the current price is at -35.25%. In terms of trading activity, the daily trading volume rose to 2292505 against 200-day average trading volume of 1,264,742 shares.
What are analyst forecasts for Acasti Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ACST)?
At a consensus rating of 4.40, ACST is trending as a streaking Moderate Buy, as it has been the case a month ago when 4 analysts called it a Moderate Buy. Two months ago, 5 analysts recommended, on average, that ACST stock is a Moderate Buy. The Healthcare company’s shares’ overall bullish trend saw it close higher on Tuesday compared to its opening price of $1.87 on the day.
Forecasts for Acasti Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ACST) give the stock a fair value for the growth of 70.93% from its last price. The 12-month price forecast for the stock by analysts puts the stock’s mean price target at $6.57, which means the price per share could rise by nearly $4.66. The price range target is between a low of $3.00 and a high of $8.00. The stock would need to gain by about $76.13 to hit the estimated high or 0.32% from its 12-month low.
The consensus among 5 analysts is that it is a good time for one to Buy in the Acasti Pharma Inc. 5 analysts rate ACST as a Buy, with 0 of 5 analysts rate it as a Sell. 0 have valued the stock as Overweight and 0 have recommended that investors Hold.
Acasti Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ:ACST) Upgrades and Downgrades
In terms of rating changes, B. Riley FBR on August 29, 2019, Initiated Acasti Pharma Inc. (ACST) at Buy. They believe the stock could reach $7.75 in the near term. Analysts at Oppenheimer have assigned a Outperform rating for the stock in their research note on July 18, 2019 with an estimated price target of $7. Moreover, H.C. Wainwright analysts issued a rating of Buy for the stock on June 26, 2019, giving it a price target of $6 for the next 12 months.
Avantor Inc. (NYSE:AVTR) adds -$0.44 on Tuesday
The AVTR stock has risen 13.72% year-to-date and is currently trading at $16.49, which is -15.80% below its 52-week high. The company shares lost -2.60% on the day and have risen nearly 23.71% off a low hit. At current levels, Avantor Inc. has a valuation of about $5.99B. As of 12/03/19, this stock has fallen -3.06% during the week and closed at $16.93 in the previous session. However, recent Avantor Inc. stock performance shows that AVTR shares are 10.30% up over the last month, and -4.35% down for the last three months.
Over the next 5-year period, earnings per share will be 27.97%. But will the AVTR stock surprise in the current quarter results, where the $0.15 actual EPS reported on 9/29/2019 surprised by 0.00% or was lower by $0 from the estimated $0.15.
Sales Growth to climb 5.00% for the year
How well will Avantor Inc. perform as a business over the current quarter, year and next 5-year period? Compared to the year-ago quarter, analysts forecast the company to bring in between $1.5B and $1.56B in current quarter sales. The consensus estimated for the current quarter is $1.53B from sales. Forecasts for this fiscal year are between $6B and $6.07B and the consensus estimate for sales is at $6.05B.
Who owns shares in Avantor Inc. (AVTR)?
New Mountain Vantage Advisers, L.L.C. tops the list of institutional owners as it is holding 110.48 million shares or 19.32% of shares outstanding. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. and Price (T.Rowe) Associates Inc held 78.24 million and 55.52 million representing 13.69% and 9.71% respectively at the close of the last trading session. As of Sep 29, 2019, FMR, LLC accounted for 25.15 million shares at over 369.7 million. This represented 4.40% of shares outstanding. Public Sector Pension Investment Board held 24.39 million shares at over 358.52 million representing 4.27% of shares outstanding.