A share of Cerus Corp. (NASDAQ:CERS) closed at $1.79 per share on Monday, up from $1.75 day before. While Cerus Corp. has overperformed by 2.29%, investors are advised to look at stock chart patterns for technical insight. Within its last year performance, CERS fell by -53.39%, with highs and lows ranging from $4.25 to $1.21, whereas the simple moving average fell by -19.64% in the last 200 days.

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On January 20, 2023, BTIG Research Downgraded Cerus Corp. (NASDAQ: CERS) to Neutral.

Analysis of Cerus Corp. (CERS)

Further, the quarter-over-quarter increase in sales is 0.51%, showing a positive trend in the upcoming months.

Cerus Corp.’s future performance can be predicted by a variety of well-rounded types of analysis and research, with equity being one of the most crucial ones. The goal here is to ensure that your current return on equity of -82.09% is sufficient for you to turn a profit off your investment. Taking into account the quick ratio of the company, currently set at 1.35, you can see that the company can cover any debts it may have, which can easily be seen in the annual report of the company.

For any stock, average volume can be an extremely valuable indicator of volatility, and CERS is registering an average volume of 1.09M. On a monthly basis, the volatility of the stock is set at 7.60%, whereas on a weekly basis, it is put at 5.78%, with a gain of 13.29% over the past seven days. Furthermore, long-term investors anticipate a median target price of $4.12, showing growth from the present price of $1.79, which can serve as yet another indication of whether CERS is worth investing in or should be passed over.

How Do You Analyze Cerus Corp. Shares?

Besides checking the fundamentals, you should also know how many employees own shares in the company. This is because the values should be in line with investors’ expectations. As such, the current holdings of company stock inside the company are set at 3.43%. This can enable you to see the extent to which executives own the company’s stock. As opposed to executive stock, institutional ownership accounts for 77.59% of the company’s shares, contributing to an indication of company value, since large shareholders may signify strength within the organization.

Are institutional investors increasing their holdings in CERS shares?

The recent increase in stakes in CERS appears to be a result of several institutional investors and hedge funds increasing their positions. ARK Investment Management LLC’s position in CERS has decreased by -2.88% in the first quarter. The company now owns 20,061,906 shares of the stock, with a value of $28.09 million, following the sale of -595,485 additional shares during the last quarter. Baker Bros. Advisors LP made another increased to its shares in CERS during the first quarter, upping its stake by 10.69%. During the last quarter, the company picked up 1,842,511 additional shares for a total stake of worth $26.71 million, bringing number of shares owned by the company to 19,082,012.

During the first quarter, BlackRock Fund Advisors added a 58,642 position in CERS. The Vanguard Group, Inc. sold an additional -0.35 million shares in the last quarter, decreasing its holdings by -3.63%, now holding 9.28 million shares worth $12.99 million. CERS shares are owned by institutional investors to the tune of 77.59% at present.

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