Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now

The stock market finished mixed on Tuesday, and although the Dow Jones Industrials still finished with a loss of more than 100 points, other major market benchmarks finished very close to the unchanged level on the day. Geopolitical pressure continued to hurt investor sentiment, and some bad news on the earnings front also cast a pall on trading during the regular session. Yet some stocks managed to post substantial gains, and Momenta Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:MNTA), Ally Financial (NYSE:ALLY), and Thermo Fisher Scientific (NYSE:TMO) were among the best performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so well.

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Momenta has its moment in the sun

Momenta Pharmaceuticals soared 25% after the biotechnology company won a lawsuit over alleged patent infringement. A Delaware federal district court found that four patents held by Teva Pharmaceutical (NYSE:TEVA) were invalid, opening the door for Momenta to offer its own competing version of a key drug. Momenta CEO Craig Wheeler provided details in his praise of the decision, noting that it “further bolsters our confidence in the potential for us to offer multiple sclerosis patients a more affordable generic version of Copaxone 40 mg following regulatory approval.” Momenta still has to get past some additional hurdles, but investors are hopeful that the path forward is clearer.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Amgen Inc.(AMGN)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Trey Thoelcke]

    Amgen Inc.’s (NASDAQ: AMGN) death cross also occurred this week, after the gap between the two averages had been closing since last October. As with some of its peers, short interest in this biotech stock has waned recently. Amgen shares are down more than 4% year to date. Yet, here too analysts recommend buying shares.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    That difficulty hasn’t stopped market research firm EvaluatePharma from trying, though. EvaluatePharma recently published a list of the drugmakers with the projected highest value creation from pipeline products between 2018 and 2024. Here’s why Novartis (NYSE:NVS), AbbVie (NYSE:ABBV), Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG), AstraZeneca (NYSE:AZN), and Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) ranked at the top.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw its short interest fall to 9.98 million shares from the previous level of 10.31 million. Shares were last seen trading at $193.97, in a 52-week trading range of $163.31 to $201.23.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Hammer Asset Management LLC purchased a new stake in Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing with the SEC. The firm purchased 16,988 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $3,136,000. Amgen makes up 2.7% of Hammer Asset Management LLC’s holdings, making the stock its 13th largest holding.

  • [By ]

    Amgen’s (NASDAQ:AMGN) past is filled with excitement. The company rose to become one of the biggest biotechs in the world. It grew a product lineup with multiple blockbuster drugs. Over the last decade, Amgen’s share price has more than tripled. But the excitement appears likely to diminish considerably for Amgen — at least for the next few years.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    The market for complex therapies that train living cells to attack cancer is taking baby steps, but there’s still a lot of enthusiasm for experimental drugs coming through the pipeline from bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE) and it’s big biotech partner Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG). That enthusiasm fell a notch after Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) released exciting data from a handful of patients that suggests it’s found a much easier way to achieve the same goal. 

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Biogen Idec Inc(BIIB)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) increased to 3.86 million shares from the previous 3.45 million. The stock recently traded at $287.00, within a 52-week range of $244.28 to $370.57.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Likewise, Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) and Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS), which have the only SMA drug on the market, are feeling the heat from the promising data with shares down 5.6% and 7.3%, respectively.

  • [By Garrett Baldwin]

    Shares of Ford Motor Co. (NYSE: F) were flat despite dismal news out of China. This morning, the company reported a 38% slump in Chinese sales during the month of June. It was a terrible first six months for the iconic vehicle manufacturer. The company said that its Chinese operations saw a 25% slide in sales over the first half of the year. That was the largest six-month decline since launching its Chinese operations in 2001. Shares of Tesla Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) are off more than 1% after California regulators announced a new probe into the company. The probe was announced following a safety complaint filed with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The agency has not provided any details on the case. Shares of Biogen Inc. (Nasdaq: BIIB) popped more than 14% after the company announced positive results from a trial for an Alzheimer’s drug. The phase 2 study examined BAN2401, an anti-amyloid beta protofibril antibody. It was tested on 856 patients with early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In a research note, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) announced that the results would be positive for Biogen’s drug pipeline. Look for an earnings report Friday from InnerWorkings Inc. (Nasdaq: INWK). Wall Street projects that the company will report earnings per share of $0.09 on top of $284.9 million in revenue.

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  • [By Sean Williams, Chuck Saletta, and Brian Feroldi]

    As noted, the ability to take numerous swings for the fence makes Ionis special. It’s often a marvel when a mid-cap drugmaker has a half-dozen experimental drugs, let alone one working with 25. Spinal muscular atrophy drug Spinraza, which was licensed to Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB), is one such drug that’s put Ionis and its antisense technology on the map. Last year, Spinraza netted “just” $882 million in total sales, but delivered $364 million globally in the first quarter of 2018. That extrapolates out to more than $1.4 billion, which means added royalty revenue for Ionis.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Drug-developer Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) reported a pretty strong earnings increase in the first quarter. While revenue growth wasn’t as solid, investors appear to be giving management a pass, thanks to its explanations on why slowing first-quarter sales aren’t a sign of future trouble.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) rose 15.3 percent to $53.50 in pre-market trading after the company reported better-than-expected results for its first quarter.
    Evofem Biosciences, Inc. (NASDAQ: EVFM) rose 10.4 percent to $4.58 in pre-market trading. Evofem Biosciences reported closing of public offering of common stock and warrants.
    Resonant Inc. (NASDAQ: RESN) rose 7.3 percent to $4.88 in pre-market trading after declining 1.94 percent on Thursday.
    SolarEdge Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEDG) shares rose 5.7 percent to $59.65 in pre-market trading after falling 8.43 percent on Thursday.
    Yirendai Ltd. (NYSE: YRD) rose 5 percent to $30.00 in pre-market trading after reporting Q1 results.
    Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) rose 4.9 percent to $108.75 in pre-market trading after reporteingd better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.
    Blue Apron Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: APRN) rose 4.2 percent to $3.21 in pre-market trading after gaining 3.70 percent on Thursday.
    Recro Pharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: REPH) rose 4 percent to $5.85 in pre-market trading after dropping 54.67 percent on Thursday.
    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ: ARQL) rose 3.8 percent to $4.70 in pre-market trading after gaining 4.86 percent on Thursday.
    Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (NYSE: BW) shares rose 2.9 percent to $2.85 in pre-market trading after climbing 7.78 percent on Thursday.
    Bilibili Inc. (NASDAQ: BILI) shares rose 2.5 percent to $14.20 in pre-market trading after surging 11.33 percent on Thursday.

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  • [By Maxx Chatsko]

    Shares of ArQule (NASDAQ:ARQL) rose over 70% today after the company reported full-year 2018 operating results and provided full-year 2019 guidance. That said, investors are probably used to wild swings in the stock price by now. The development-stage pharma didn’t turn in a particularly impressive performance last year. Management expects revenue to drop significantly in the year ahead as collaboration revenue dries up, which will also widen operating losses.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Invest In Right Now: Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.(ALNY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) released first-quarter results last week, but all eyes were looking forward as the company waits for a potential approval of its hereditary TTR amyloidosis (ATTR) drug, patisiran.

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) was downgraded by analysts at Zacks Investment Research from a hold rating to a sell rating. According to Zacks, “Although Alnylam has a broad and promising pipeline, we note that most candidates are in mid stages of development. These candidates still have a long way to go before hitting the market. The company relies highly on collaborators for funding. Any development/regulatory setback would be a negative for the company.  However, Alnylam reported positive data from the ATLAS study in the first quarter which led to regulatory filings for its late-stage pipeline candidate patisiran and the FDA set an action date of Aug 11, 2018. The company along with its partners Sanofi and The Medicines Company, restarted fitusiran's ATLAS phase III study and advanced inclisiran in the ORION-9, -10, and -11 phase III studies, respectively, with results expected for both programs in 2019. Alnylam expects to achieve the profile of three marketed products by the end of 2020.”

  • [By Motley Fool Staff]

    Alnylam’s (NASDAQ:ALNY) Onpattro is the first Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved RNAi therapy. However, competition is fast approaching and could make it difficult for Alnylam to pocket profits. Can Onpattro carve out significant sales as a treatment for polyneuropathy in hereditary transthyretin-mediated (hATTR) amyloidosis?

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