Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019

Alexion Pharmaceuticals (ALXN) jumped to the top of the S&P 500 today after Barclays upgraded the biotech stock to Overweight from Equal Weight citing fewer macro headwinds.

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Shares of Alexion Pharmaceuticals gained 5.2% to $125.59, while the S&P 500 rose 0.1%.

Barclays analyst Geoff Meacham and team explain why they upgraded Alexion Pharmaceuticals:

We are upgrading shares ofAlexion to Overweight and increasing our PT to $155 from $150 on an improved outlook for 2017. Specifically, we see lower FX and fewer macroeconomic risks to the core base business over the next 12 months. We also expect approval of Soliris in refractory gMG by YE17 following a planned regulatory submission in 1Q17, which could add another growth lever in early 2018 at the latest. Our upgrade is not a call on the recent 10-Q delay, which according to our discussions with management has to do with an investigation into sales practices following allegations by a former employee. We also do not anticipate major restatements of historical Soliris sales due to the investigation. Furthermore, this is not a call on Kanuma or the Synageva deal, as we have cut our Kanuma sales in our P&L and reduced its contribution in our NPV valuation. Indeed, we would expect minimal weakness inAlexion shares if the company were to take a write-down on Synageva during 2017, but this is not core to our investment thesis. In sum, our bullishness onAlexion shares is due to: 1) lessened FX and macroeconomic headwinds in 2017, 2) near-term Soliris growth from likely regulatory approval in refractory gMG, and 3) attractive upside potential from current levels as the pipeline including line extensions for Soliris and new assets such as 1210 mature.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ALNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    BidaskClub lowered shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report released on Monday.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) had its price target lowered by equities research analysts at Morgan Stanley from $107.00 to $99.00 in a report released on Friday. The firm presently has an “equal weight” rating on the biopharmaceutical company’s stock. Morgan Stanley’s price objective would indicate a potential upside of 3.97% from the stock’s current price.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    It’s not exactly David vs. Goliath. However, Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:BLCM) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) are definitely in different leagues right now. Both are clinical-stage biotechs, but Bellicum’s market cap is less than $350 million while Alnylam’s market cap is close to $10 billion.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Speaking of competition, Ionis should have its hands full battling rivals for Tegsedi assuming the drug wins approval. Alnylam (NASDAQ:ALNY) anticipates winning FDA approval for its hATTR drug patisiran within a few weeks. Because the FDA delayed its decision on Tegsedi, Alnylam appears to be in position to reach the market first. In addition to its first-mover advantage, patisiranappears to have an edge over Tegsedi in efficacy and safety based on clinical data for the two drugs.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Amgen Inc.(AMGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    Private Capital Group LLC boosted its stake in Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) by 1,703.1% during the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The firm owned 2,362 shares of the medical research company’s stock after purchasing an additional 2,231 shares during the period. Private Capital Group LLC’s holdings in Amgen were worth $403,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    Patient Amgen Inc.(NASDAQ:AMGN) shareholders have seen the stock quadruple in price over the past decade, plus they’ve enjoyed one of the fastest-growing dividends in biopharma. Now that the company’s launched a new migraine headache drug, investors are wondering if the former highflier can put on another memorable performance.

  • [By Shane Hupp]

    Investors sold shares of Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) on strength during trading hours on Thursday. $63.15 million flowed into the stock on the tick-up and $134.51 million flowed out of the stock on the tick-down, for a money net flow of $71.36 million out of the stock. Of all stocks tracked, Amgen had the 0th highest net out-flow for the day. Amgen traded up $2.11 for the day and closed at $185.79

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) is expected to release its most recent quarterly results on Thursday. The consensus forecast calls for $3.54 in EPS and $5.74 billion in revenue for the second quarter. Shares traded on Fridays close at $190.60. The consensus price target is $196.10, and the 52-week range is $163.31 to $201.23.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

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    These are the top 5 holdings of Woodford Investment Management LLPProthena Corp PLC (PRTA) – 11,557,614 shares, 37.95% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 0.25%Alkermes PLC (ALKS) – 5,270,428 shares, 27.32% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 30.52%Theravance Biopharma Inc (TBPH) – 10,898,879 shares, 23.64% of the total portfolio. Shares added by 1.41%Biogen Inc (BIIB) – 279,564 shares, 6.85% of the total portfolio. Shares reduced by 24.56%Evofem Biosciences Inc (EVFM) – 7,465,538

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    There’s a lot for investors to like aboutAmgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) andBiogen Inc. (NASDAQ:BIIB). Both of these biotech stocks have produced tremendous returns over the past couple of decades, and the businesses they represent still generate enormous profits.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) increased to 3.50 million shares from the previous 3.16 million. The stock recently traded at $262.15, within a 52-week range of $244.28 to $370.57.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    The S&P 500 stock posting the largest daily percentage gain ahead of the close was Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) which traded up about 19% at $355.17. The stocks 52-week range is $249.17 to $370.57. Volume was over 12 million compared to the daily average volume of 1.6 million.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Drugmakers’ dustbins are filled with failed attempts to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, yet drug developers, includingBiogen(NASDAQ:BIIB), remain undaunted in their pursuit of new treatments. Recently, Biogen reported data from a midstage trial that suggests it could be rewarded for its perseverance. In hundreds of patients, the company’s BAN2401 successfully slowed disease progression as measured by the Alzheimer’s Disease Composite Score (ADCOMS). Is this the breakthrough patients have been waiting for?

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    BidaskClub upgraded shares of ArQule (NASDAQ:ARQL) from a hold rating to a buy rating in a report released on Saturday.

    A number of other research firms have also issued reports on ARQL. Roth Capital upped their price target on ArQule from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 17th. Leerink Swann upgraded ArQule from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Zacks Investment Research lowered ArQule from a buy rating to a hold rating in a research report on Wednesday, April 4th. ValuEngine upgraded ArQule from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research report on Wednesday, May 2nd. Finally, B. Riley set a $4.00 price target on ArQule and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, March 26th. Seven analysts have rated the stock with a buy rating, The stock currently has an average rating of Buy and an average target price of $4.69.

  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
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    Acorn International, Inc. (NYSE: ATV) shares rose 15.2 percent to $28.804 after the company declared a special one-time cash dividend of $14.97 per ADS.
    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) gained 15 percent to $53.35 after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores, Inc. (NASDAQ: SHOS) surged 14.2 percent to $2.625.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) rose 13 percent to $5.12 after gaining 4.86 percent on Thursday.
    Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) gained 12.8 percent to $16.97 after the company posted better-than-expected FQ4 results.
    Loma Negra Compañía Industrial Argentina Sociedad Anónima (NYSE: LOMA) shares rose 12 percent to $12.94.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) shares rose 12 percent to $5.07.
    Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MRTX) climbed 11.4 percent to $43.50.
    Zai Lab Limited (NASDAQ: ZLAB) gained 11.3 percent to $24.7000.
    Zymeworks Inc. (NASDAQ: ZYME) rose 9.7 percent to $19.64.
    Park City Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCYG) climbed 9 percent to $7.90.
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  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) insider Value Fund L. P. Biotechnology sold 1,035,939 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, May 30th. The shares were sold at an average price of $5.00, for a total value of $5,179,695.00. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is available through this hyperlink.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) were down 5.4% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $4.71 and last traded at $4.73. Approximately 3,358,864 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 289% from the average daily volume of 863,008 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.00.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    ValuEngine upgraded shares of ArQule (NASDAQ:ARQL) from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report released on Tuesday.

    Several other equities analysts have also issued reports on ARQL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded ArQule from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $2.50 price objective for the company in a research report on Tuesday, March 20th. BidaskClub upgraded ArQule from a buy rating to a strong-buy rating in a research report on Saturday, March 24th. B. Riley set a $4.00 price objective on ArQule and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Monday, March 26th. Leerink Swann upgraded ArQule from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research report on Thursday, April 5th. Finally, Roth Capital boosted their price objective on ArQule from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research report on Tuesday, April 17th. One equities research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, five have assigned a buy rating and two have issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The company has a consensus rating of Buy and a consensus target price of $5.35.

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