TapImmune (NASDAQ:MRKR) and SAGE Therapeutics (NASDAQ:SAGE) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, risk, profitability, valuation, dividends, institutional ownership and earnings.
Risk and Volatility
TapImmune has a beta of 0.34, suggesting that its share price is 66% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, SAGE Therapeutics has a beta of 2.54, suggesting that its share price is 154% more volatile than the S&P 500.
33.6% of TapImmune shares are held by institutional investors. 23.7% of TapImmune shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 4.6% of SAGE Therapeutics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.
Valuation and Earnings
This table compares TapImmune and SAGE Therapeutics’ gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.
|Gross Revenue||Price/Sales Ratio||Net Income||Earnings Per Share||Price/Earnings Ratio|
|SAGE Therapeutics||$90.27 million||105.29||-$372.88 million||($8.08)||-23.00|
TapImmune has higher earnings, but lower revenue than SAGE Therapeutics. SAGE Therapeutics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than TapImmune, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.
This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets for TapImmune and SAGE Therapeutics, as provided by MarketBeat.com.
|Sell Ratings||Hold Ratings||Buy Ratings||Strong Buy Ratings||Rating Score|
TapImmune currently has a consensus target price of $10.90, indicating a potential upside of 25.31%. SAGE Therapeutics has a consensus target price of $202.15, indicating a potential upside of 8.79%. Given TapImmune’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe TapImmune is more favorable than SAGE Therapeutics.
This table compares TapImmune and SAGE Therapeutics’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.
|Net Margins||Return on Equity||Return on Assets|
TapImmune beats SAGE Therapeutics on 9 of the 14 factors compared between the two stocks.
TapImmune Company Profile
Marker Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, develops and commercializes novel cell-based immunotherapies and peptide-based vaccines for the treatment of hematological malignancies and solid tumor indications. Its MultiTAA T cell technology is based on the tumor-specific T cells that recognize tumor associated antigens and kill tumor cells expressing those targets. The company is developing TPIV100/110, which is in Phase II clinical trial to treat human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 breast cancer; and TPIV200 that is in Phase II clinical trial for the treatment of breast and ovarian cancers. It is also developing a proprietary nucleic acid-based antigen expression technology, PolyStart, to improve the ability of the immune system to recognize and destroy diseased cells. The company is headquartered in Houston, Texas.
SAGE Therapeutics Company Profile
Sage Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, develops and commercializes novel medicines to treat central nervous system (CNS) disorders. Its lead product candidate is ZULRESSO, a proprietary intravenous formulation of brexanolone that has completed Phase III clinical trials for the treatment of postpartum depression (PPD). The company's product pipeline also includes SAGE-217, a novel neuroactive steroid, which is in Phase III clinical trials for treating PPD, major depressive disorders, bipolar depression, and sleep disorders; and SAGE-324, a novel neuroactive steroid that has completed Phase I clinical trials to treat various neurological conditions, including essential tremor and epileptiform disorders. In addition, its product pipeline comprises SAGE-718, an oxysterol-based positive allosteric modulator of the NMDA receptor, which has completed Phase I clinical trial for the treatment of depression, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia, and neuropathic pain; and SAGE-689, a novel GABAA receptor positive allosteric modulator that is in preclinical stage to treat acute and chronic CNS disorders. Sage Therapeutics, Inc. has a strategic collaboration with Shionogi & Co., Ltd. for the development and commercialization of SAGE-217 in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea. The company was formerly known as Sterogen Biopharma, Inc. and changed its name to Sage Therapeutics, Inc. in September 2011. Sage Therapeutics, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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