Novavax Stock Slides As JPMorgan Slashes Price Target, Lowers Rating

JPMorgan analyst Eric Joseph slashed his price target on Novavax by more than $100, to $27 per share.

Novavax Inc.  (NVAX) – Get Novavax Inc. Report shares moved sharply lower Thursday after analysts at JPMorgan lowered their rating and price target on the drugmaker following its decision to slash near-term sales forecasts.   

JPMorgan analyst Eric Joseph cut his rating on the stock to ‘underweight’, from ‘neutral’, while slashing his price target by more than $100, to $27 per share.

Last month, Novavax pruned its full-year revenue forecast and warned that it doesn’t expect to sell any more of its Covid vaccines in the United States this year following a wider-than-expected third quarter loss of $6.53 per share. 

Novavax halved its 2022 sales forecast to between $2 billion and $2.3 billion, citing the late entry of its Covid vaccine to a glutted domestic market, adding it doesn’t expect a new order this year from the World Health Organization-backed COVAX facility, as government buyers work through supply purchased earlier in the year.

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended granting Emergency Use Authorization for the group’s Covid vaccine — known as NVX-CoV2373 — to patients over the age of eighteen in early June, adding to previous authorizations given to Pfizer  (PFE) – Get Pfizer Inc. Report, Johnson & Johnson  (JNJ) – Get Johnson & Johnson Report and Moderna  (MRNA) – Get Moderna Inc. Report

Pfizer, in fact, said sales of both its Comirnaty vaccine and Paxlovid oral treatment should combine for around $54 billion this year

Novavax shares were marked 5.7% lower in pre-market trading Thursday to indicate an opening bell price of $24.40 each, a move that would extend the stock’s year-to-date decline to around 82%.

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