Top Movers Performance Overview-Geron Corporation (GERN), Norfolk Souther Corporation (NSC)

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The shares of Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) and Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) were among the active stocks of the last trading sessions. Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) declined to -3.49% closing at the price of $1.66 whereas the shares of Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) declined -2.02% with the decrease of -3.47 points closing at the price of $168.13. Geron Corporation has currently decrease -56.88% in its stock over the period of 6-months while its rival Norfolk Souther Corporation added 25.93% in the previous 6-months.

Now we have to analyze the facts that if the stocks were worthy off investors’ money? The facts to analyze here are risks, profitability, returns and price trends.

Returns and Profitability

Profitability and returns are the main reason of investment, the investors are looking for profits that they get and return they should expect over the period of time.

The first and foremost return that is considered while making an investment is the ROI or Return on Investment. The ROI is the ratio between the profit against the cost of investment. Currently the ROI of Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) is -28.2% while the ROI of Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) is 9.6%. Another figure that is to be considered while analyzing the profitability of a share is its EBITDA margin, GERN’s EBITDA Margin is -5.91 whereas NSC’s is 12.4.

Both the profitability ratios suggest that Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) is more suitable investment in terms of profitability and return.

EPS & Surprise Factor

Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) reported $-0.04/share EPS for the previous quarter where analysts were predicting an EPS to be $-0.04/share Thus meeting the analyst Estimates with a Surprise Factor of 0 Percent. While, Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) reported EPS of $2.5/share in the last quarter. The analysts projected EPS of $2.33/share depicting a Surprise of 7.3 Percent.

Taking a look at Earnings per Share, Norfolk Souther Corporation tends to be beating the analyst estimates more than Geron Corporation. so NSC is more profitable than GERN.

Technical Analysis of Geron Corporation & Norfolk Souther Corporation

Moving average convergence divergence (MACD) shows that Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) is on a PRICE RELATIVITY trend While Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) is on PRICE RELATIVITY trend. The trend for the past 10-days shows that the Geron Corporation was in BULLISH territory and Norfolk Souther Corporation was in BEARISH territory.

GERN’s current statistics gauge that the stock candle is BEARISH with MEDIUM volatility. While NSC’s candle is BEARISH with HIGH.

EPS Growth Rate: GERN’s 5% versus NSC’s 16.8%

Another shareholder value can be analyzed through the EPS growth rate; the next 5 years EPS growth rate is predicted by the analysts after the analyzing the previous trends. The next 5 year EPS growth rate of Geron Corporation (NASDAQ:GERN) is predicted at 5% while Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) stands at 16.8%. These numbers suggest that NSC is more suitable investment in terms of EPS growth rate.

Financial Risk and Liquidity Concerns

The current ratio and the debt ratio are the two ratios that show the investor how quickly the company is able to payout its debt and how quickly it can cover its obligations. The current ratio of GERN stands at 33.1 while NSC is at 0.8 whereas the debt ratio of the prior is 0 while the debt ratio of the later is 0.58.

The values of the both ratios suggest that one is more liquid and other investment is more risk free.

Analyst Recommendations

While making an investment, another main factor to consider before investing is the analyst recommendation on the scale of 1 to 5 where 1 is strong buy, 2 is buy, 3 is hold, 4 is Sell and 5 is strong sell. Analyst recommend 3 for GERN and 2.4 for NSC which means GERN has Hold rating whereas NSC has Hold rating.

Another recommendation of analyst that is to be considered worthy is the price target. The mare price or price trend does not suggest the suitability of a stock. The price target set by analyst is also to be considered while investing as it suggests to what extent the stock will rise or fall in the near future. The price target set for GERN is $1.5 which is -10.67% of its current price while NSC has price target of 183.19 which is 8.22% of its current price.

Valuation Ratios

Valuation is the process of determining the company’s worth for an investor, the valuation ratios give an insight to that worthiness.

GERN currently has price to earning P/E ratio of 0 whereas NSC has 20.07 while the forward P/E ratio for the prior stands at 0 and for the later it depicts the value of 16.68.

The price to Book P/B for GERN is 1.63, Price to Sale is at 325.75 and for NSC these ratios stand at 2.86 and 4.31.