Moderna’s two-dose COVID-19 vaccine commanded public attention with the announcement of its 94.5% efficacy rate. The vaccine has yet to be approved by the FDA, but the company has applied for emergency authorization and the first doses could be distributed this year, the Washington Post reported Nov. 30. Here’s how to buy Moderna stock.
Tuesday, December 1: Advisors to the Center for Disease Control recommended that the first doses of any COVID-19 vaccine should be given to health-care workers and workers in nursing homes and other care facilities, according to news reports.
Monday, November 30: Moderna files for emergency authorization of its vaccine, and the Washington Post reports that 40 million dose of COVID-19 vaccines could be distributed by year’s end.
Monday, November 16: Moderna announces its vaccine is 94.5% effective based on late-stage trial data.
How to buy shares in Moderna
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Search for Moderna. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: MRNA. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Moderna reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Moderna, depending on your broker.
Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Moderna. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.
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On November 16, Moderna released a statement based on late-stage trial data of its two-dose coronavirus vaccine it’s developing with the Vaccine Research Center, part of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It claims the vaccine is 94.5% effective in preventing COVID-19. This announcement arrived just one week behind vaccine competitor Pfizer’s 90% efficacy rate statement.
Moderna’s data comes from a study of 30,000 volunteers and was released as a news statement — not in a peer-reviewed journal. This vaccine data is promising but far from conclusive. There’s still room for Moderna’s protection rate to change by the time it finishes its study.
Moderna has now applied for emergency-use approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA requires coronavirus vaccines to hold an efficacy rate of at least 50% to be approved.
In response to Moderna’s November announcement, its stock spiked by over 8%, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose by nearly 400 points and the S&P 500 set a record high above 3,615 points.
Moderna vs. Pfizer
Both Moderna and Pfizer have made numerous news headlines as they work to develop effective coronavirus vaccines. But how do their vaccines compare? Here’s how these COVID-19 vaccines stack up.
Type of vaccine
Messenger RNA (mRNA)
Messenger RNA (mRNA
Number of doses
2 shots, 28 days apart
2 shots, 21 days apart
Up to 20 million doses by the end of 2020
Up to 50 million doses by the end of 2020
Years in business
Number of manufactured drugs
Moderna share price
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Moderna price performance over time
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Shorting Moderna shares
There are currently 14.7 million Moderna shares held short by investors – that's known as Moderna's "short interest". This figure is 26.5% down from 20.0 million last month.
There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Moderna shares can be evaluated.
Moderna's "short interest ratio" (SIR)
Moderna's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Moderna shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Moderna shares traded daily (recently around 14.8 million). Moderna's SIR currently stands at 0.99. In other words for every 100,000 Moderna shares traded daily on the market, roughly 990 shares are currently held short.
However Moderna's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Moderna shares, or, against the total number of tradable Moderna shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Moderna's short interest could be expressed as 0.04% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Moderna shares in existence, roughly 40 shares are currently held short) or 0.0483% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Moderna shares, roughly 48 shares are currently held short).
Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Moderna.
We're not expecting Moderna to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.
Moderna share price volatility
Over the last 12 months, Moderna's shares have ranged in value from as little as $19.31 up to $189.26. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".
Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while Moderna's is 1.5021. This would suggest that Moderna's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).
Moderna, Inc., a clinical stage biotechnology company, develops therapeutics and vaccines based on messenger RNA for the treatment of infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, and cardiovascular diseases. As of February 15, 2019 the company had 11 programs in clinical trials and a total of 20 development candidates in six modalities comprising prophylactic vaccines, cancer vaccines, intratumoral immuno-oncology, localized regenerative therapeutics, systemic secreted therapeutics, and systemic intracellular therapeutics. The company has strategic alliances with AstraZeneca, Merck & Co., Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and a research collaboration with Harvard University. Moderna, Inc. also has collaborations with Lonza Ltd. for the manufacture of mRNA-1273, a COVID-19 vaccine; and Catalent for fill-finish manufacturing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate. The company was formerly known as Moderna Therapeutics, Inc. and changed its name to Moderna, Inc. in August 2018. Moderna, Inc. was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Frequently asked questions
Currently 10.005% of Moderna shares are held by insiders and 52.056% by institutions.
Latest data suggests 1,300 work at Moderna.
Moderna's fiscal year ends in December.
Moderna's address is: 200 Technology Square, Cambridge, MA, United States, 02139
Moderna's international securities identification number is: US60770K1079
Moderna's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 56804Q201
Jing Jun Ma is an innovations expert at Finder. With a decade of experience in digital marketing and programming, Jing is a tech and data guy. He wrangles data to make it useful for consumers facing a decision.
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