Shareholders of Intuitive Machines (LUNR) were met with negative news to start the week, as the stock started Monday morning down more than 35%. This came after the company disclosed that its Odysseus moon lander was resting on its side on the face of the moon after tipping over.

This is just one of six NASA science and technology payloads the company has on the moon, and the other five are working as intended and can still receive communications. They will continue to serve their objectives.

But, it’s obviously cause for concern knowing that even just ⅙ of the fleet is out of operation. The Odysseus moon lander is a unique work of art that features mini stainless steel sculptures by Jeff Koons. 

Still, the team says that the mission isn’t ruled a “failure” just yet. In fact, the US Space Agency (the primary financier for the mission) is considering it a win, as Odysseus still has gathered scientific evidence onboard worth using. 

This includes the fact that there are nine landing sites deemed safe in the South Pole region. These areas of the moon may be home to pivotal natural resources including water. There’s hope that this could one day be used to support life on the moon.

The company admits that it saw faulty navigation issues posing a threat prior to Odysseus’ descent, and had to essentially “hack into the system’s data” to get it to land safely at all. 

As of now, Odysseus is still able to charge its batteries and track data. But, it’s only a matter of time before the sun sets on that side of the moon and Odysseus will fall victim to the brutal temperatures on the dark side of the moon.

Even after today’s setback, LUNR is up more than 135% to start 2024. So, where does that leave investors? We’ve taken a look through the VectorVest stock analysis software and found 3 things you need to see.

LUNR Has Very Poor Upside Potential With Poor Safety and Timing, But It’s Still Not Time to Sell…

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The system is comprised of 3 simple ratings - relative value (RV), relative safety (RS), and relative timing (RT). Each sits on a scale of 0.00-2.00 with 1.00 being the average. 

This allows for quick and easy interpretation, but it gets even better. You’re given a buy, sell, or hold recommendation based on the overall VST rating for a given stock at any given time. As for LUNR, here’s what we found:

  • Very Poor Upside Potential: The RV rating compares a stock’s long-term price appreciation potential (based on a 3-year price projection) to AAA corporate bond rates and risk. It allows for much clearer insights than a simple comparison of price to value alone. That being said, the RV rating of 0.01 is as poor as it gets for LUNR.
  • Poor Safety: The RS rating is a risk indicator. It’s calculated from an analysis of the company’s financial consistency & predictability, debt-to-equity ratio, business longevity, sales volume, price volatility, and other factors. The RS rating of 0.68 is poor for LUNR.
  • Poor Timing: The RT rating is based on the direction, dynamics, and magnitude of a stock’s price movement day over day, week over week, quarter over quarter, and year over year. Even though the stock is way up through 2024 thus far, the negative price trend that has gripped the stock today has resulted in a very poor RT rating of 0.50.

All things considered, LUNR has a poor overall VST rating of 0.50, but the stock is still rated as a HOLD. Learn more about this situation today with a free stock analysis at VectorVest!

Intuitive Machines Tumbles 35% After Its Moon Lander Tips Over - Should Investors Be Worried?
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VectorVest advocates buying safe, undervalued stocks, rising in price. LUNR is down 35% Monday after sharing an update that its Odysseus moon lander had tipped over. While the stock has very poor upside potential with poor safety and timing, it’s still rated a HOLD in the VectorVest stock analysis system.

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