Novavax (NVAX) closed at $2.19 in the latest trading session, marking a -0.45% move from the prior day. This move lagged the S&P 500's daily gain of 1.29%. Meanwhile, the Dow gained 1.49%, and the Nasdaq, a tech-heavy index, added 1.46%.
Heading into today, shares of the vaccine maker had gained 5.77% over the past month, outpacing the Medical sector's gain of 2.06% and the S&P 500's gain of 4.57% in that time.
Investors will be hoping for strength from NVAX as it approaches its nex t earnings release. The company is expected to report EPS of -$0.12, up 25% from the prior-year quarter. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $7.87 million, down 24.42% from the year-ago period.
It is also important to note the recent changes to analyst estimates for NVAX. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As a result, we can interpret positive estimate revisions as a good sign for the company's business outlook.
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The Medical - Biomedical and Genetics industry is part of the Medical sector. This industry currently has a Zacks Industry Rank of 69, which puts it in the top 28% of all 250+ industries.
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