Deciding Between Hot Stocks: CannTrust Holdings Inc. (CTST), Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (CRBP)

The shares of CannTrust Holdings Inc. have decreased by more than -78.44% this year alone. The shares recently went down by -3.70% or -$0.04 and now trades at $1.04. The shares of Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:CRBP), has slumped by -22.43% year to date as of 10/08/2019. The shares currently trade at $4.53 and have been able to report a change of -6.79% over the past one week.

The stock of CannTrust Holdings Inc. and Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. were two of the most active stocks on Tuesday. Investors seem to be very interested in what happens to the stocks of these two companies but do investors favor one over the other? We will analyze the growth, profitability, risk, valuation, and insider trends of both companies and see which one investors prefer.

Profitability and Returns

Growth alone cannot be used to see if the company will be valuable. Shareholders will be the losers if a company invest in ventures that aren’t profitable enough to support upbeat growth. In order for us to accurately measure profitability and return, we will be using the EBITDA margin and Return on Investment (ROI), which balances the difference in capital structure. These figures suggest that CTST ventures generate a higher ROI than that of CRBP.

Cash Flow

The value of a stock is ultimately determined by the amount of cash flow that the investors have available. Over the last 12 months, CTST’s free cash flow per share is a negative -0.11, while that of CRBP is also a negative -0.34.

Analyst Price Targets and Opinions

The mistake some people make is that they think a cheap stock has more value to it. In order to know the value of a stock, there is need to compare its current price to its likely trading price in the future. Looking at its rival pricing, CRBP is at a -82.28% relative to its price target of 25.57.

Insider Activity and Investor Sentiment

Short interest or otherwise called the percentage of a stock’s tradable shares currently being shorted is another data that investors use to get a handle on sentiment. The short ratio for CTST is 2.78 while that of CRBP is just 26.64. This means that analysts are more bullish on the forecast for CTST stock.


The stock of Corbus Pharmaceuticals Holdings, Inc. defeats that of CannTrust Holdings Inc. when the two are compared, with CRBP taking 3 out of the total factors that were been considered. CRBP happens to be more profitable, generates a higher ROI, has higher cash flow per share, higher liquidity and has a lower financial risk. When looking at the stock valuation, CRBP is the cheaper one on an earnings, book value and sales basis. Finally, the sentiment signal for CRBP is better on when it is viewed on short interest.