MLV analyst Raghuram Selvaraju came out with a research report today on Neuralstem, Inc. (NYSE MKT:CUR) in anticipation of several upcoming clinical catalysts for the company. Two of these catalysts include the initiation of Phase II trials with both NSI-566, human spinal cord stem cells for the treatment of ALS, and NSI-189, an experimental drug for the treatment of major depressive disorder. The analyst reiterated a Buy rating on with a price target of $6.00, which implies an upside of 197% from current levels.
Selvaraju observed that, although the data is in a comparatively early stage, it represents encouraging proof-of-concept evidence that Neuralstem’s proprietary neural stem cell (NSC)-based platform may in face have therapeutic activity in Alzheimer’s Disease. The analyst also commented that if the data (which will be released next year) from the NSI-189 trial is positive, it could catalyze a transformative partnership or acquisition of the company.
According to TipRanks.com, which measures analysts’ and bloggers’ success rate based on how their calls perform, analyst Raghuram Selvaraju has a total average return of 10.2% and a 46.5% success rate. Selvaraju has a 39.0% average return when recommending CUR, and is ranked #478 out of 3681 analysts.