Comparing Neuralstem (CUR) and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK)

Neuralstem (NASDAQ: CUR) and Opko Health (NASDAQ:OPK) are both medical companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their valuation, earnings, institutional ownership, profitability, dividends, risk and analyst recommendations.

Volatility and Risk

Neuralstem has a beta of 1.63, indicating that its share price is 63% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Opko Health has a beta of 1.81, indicating that its share price is 81% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for Neuralstem and Opko Health, as provided by

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Neuralstem 0 0 0 0 N/A
Opko Health 0 2 6 0 2.75

Neuralstem presently has a consensus price target of $3.18, indicating a potential upside of 64.77%. Opko Health has a consensus price target of $14.81, indicating a potential upside of 187.62%. Given Opko Health’s higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Opko Health is more favorable than Neuralstem.


This table compares Neuralstem and Opko Health’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Neuralstem -154,347.81% -148.94% -84.85%
Opko Health -9.45% -5.17% -3.94%

Insider and Institutional Ownership

7.1% of Neuralstem shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 22.9% of Opko Health shares are owned by institutional investors. 15.4% of Neuralstem shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 40.2% of Opko Health shares are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares Neuralstem and Opko Health’s gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
Neuralstem $20,000.00 1,461.98 -$21.07 million N/A N/A
Opko Health $1.22 billion 2.36 -$25.08 million ($0.19) -27.11

Neuralstem has higher earnings, but lower revenue than Opko Health.


Opko Health beats Neuralstem on 9 of the 11 factors compared between the two stocks.

About Neuralstem

Neuralstem, Inc. (Neuralstem) is a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company. The Company is engaged in research, development and commercialization of central nervous system therapies based on its human neuronal stem cells and its stem-cell derived small molecule compounds. The Company has approximately three assets: its NSI-189 small molecule program, its NSI-566 stem cell therapy program and its chemical entity screening platform. The Company’s technology allows the commercial-scale production of multiple types of central nervous system stem cells, which are under development for the treatment of central nervous system diseases and conditions. The Company is developing NSI-189 for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric and/or cognitive impairment indications associated with hippocampal atrophy. The Company’s NSI-566 is indicated for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic spinal cord injury and motor deficits due to ischemic stroke.

About Opko Health

OPKO Health, Inc. is a healthcare company. Its segments include Pharmaceutical, Diagnostics and Corporate. Pharmaceutical consists of the pharmaceutical operations in Chile, Mexico, Ireland, Israel and Spain and its pharmaceutical research and development operations. Diagnostics consists of the clinical laboratory operations in Bio-Reference Laboratories (Bio-Reference) and its point-of-care operations. Through Bio-Reference, it operates laboratory divisions, such as Bio-Reference, GenPath (Oncology), GenPath (Women’s Health), GeneDx and Laboratorio Bueno Salud. As of December 31, 2016, it had one commercial stage pharmaceutical product and several pharmaceutical compounds and technologies in various stages of research and development for a range of indications and conditions, including Renal Products, Biologics, hGH-CTP, Factor VII, Oxyntomodulin, active pharmaceutical ingredients, Oligonucleotide Therapeutics, NK-1 Program, Asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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