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lookoutgrady 304 posts  |  Last Activity: May 25, 2016 7:15 PM Member since: Nov 15, 2007
  • Nice little write up at Barrons about the management changes and how it could it could impact GILD

  • Celgene is one of the companies featured by Barrons with the comment that Celg could gain 20% or more over the next year, as their prospects become clearer to investors.

  • AMGN could make sense for GILD. It seems to be a fit from a cultural perspective and complement their product line up with cancer and cancer related products. It would be a big one to swallow, but once completed it would make a heck of a great company.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lookoutgrady by lookoutgrady Jul 30, 2015 7:44 PM Flag

    AMGN is breaking out above resistance with a price target of 200.

    Technicals are all in place.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Apr 7, 2015 5:44 AM Flag

    Clearly Gilead senior management has guided conservatively and the City numbers are conservatively as well, which will setup Gilead for a nice beat. Stock should be a target of 120 now, but eventually will get there and even higher.

  • " In the eighth week of launch AbbVie’s (ABBV) Viekira Pak posted 220 TRx which are comparatively lower than Sovaldi’s TRx of 2,646 and Harvoni’s 5,302. As Viekira Pak has data reporting restrictions in the mail channel, there is lack of clarity on the reliability of the data."

    That is not even funny - AbbVie will drop like a rock

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • It depends on who you ask. Citigroup’s Yaron Werber notes that sales of Gilead Sciences (GILD) hepatitis-C treatments–Harvoni and Sovaldi–are doing better than he expected but are still below the Street consensus. He explains:

    During the week of Feb 13th, Harvoni weekly [total prescriptions, or] TRx increased 5.2% and [new prescriptions, or] NRx increased 11.2%. TRx scrips are 8,832 up from 8,396 and NRx scrips are 4,277 up from 3,876 last week.

    Gilead Q1:15 U.S HCV sales are tracking at $2.46B vs. Citi of $2.15B and consensus $2.71B. We assume a 46% gross to net discount and 5% growth in Harvoni TRx every week and 30% gross to net discount and flat TRx for Sovaldi for rest of the quarter. In the eighth week of launch AbbVie’s (ABBV) Viekira Pak posted 220 TRx which are comparatively lower than Sovaldi’s TRx of 2,646 and Harvoni’s 5,302. As Viekira Pak has data reporting restrictions in the mail channel, there is lack of clarity on the reliability of the data.

    Shares of Gilead Sciences have dipped 0.2% to $102.55, while AbbVie has gained 3.2% to $60.92 after Jefferies named the company its top pick among pharmaceuticals.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Jan 18, 2015 8:37 AM Flag

    He's quite a guy for sure. While Steve Jobs was narrow minded and very self centered Elon is a true genius with truly incredible vision for man kind.

  • Reply to

    Barron's: Oil May Fall to $20

    by lookoutgrady Jan 10, 2015 10:55 AM
    lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Jan 10, 2015 11:12 AM Flag

    I don't think the bottom could be timed, but I'm looking at an entry point somewhere in the range between 8 and maybe 6. I think there is another leg down to capitulation, then a recovery into spring / summer. Of course I could be completely wrong, too. I then take my money somewhere else.

  • lookoutgrady by lookoutgrady Jan 10, 2015 10:55 AM Flag

    I sold my large position in SDRL for a loss riding it up to 30, 40 and 50, and down the collapse. I did not expect SDRL to completely cut the dividend and got surprised by it, and ultimately sold then for a loss.
    I am looking for a re-entry point but I'm conscientious about the turning point. If Barron's calls for $20 oil that means that it may just touch on that while recovering up to the 30 or 40 ties. I'm looking for a re-entry not before March / April time frame....

  • lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Jan 2, 2015 3:05 PM Flag

    I've sold SDRL for a huge loss, but will go back in for the right price. It is consolidating around the 11-12 range, but could fall further depending on Russia. It seems crude settled just below 53 and traders are feeling out the market for a bottom. I'm thinking that crude could go a bit further and may make new lows next week turning around the mid 40ties. SDRL could drop in this scenario to the 8-10 range.

  • lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Dec 30, 2014 7:23 PM Flag

    Listen to Chump and protect your money!

  • Colin Gillis of BGC Partners this afternoon reiterates a Hold rating on shares of Apple (AAPL), and a $103 price target, writing that investors should look beyond what will be record-setting results in the December quarter, to several challenges he sees ahead.

    Among concerns Gillis lists are that smartphone growth is cooling to the level of the broader phone market (i.e., including dumb phones); Apple is dependent on the iPhone; the market cap is large; the Apple Watch smart wristband may be limited in its success; and the Apple Pay payments system brings in minimal revenue.

    Smartphone unit growth for the whole industry peaked at 52% in June of 2013, and “we expect growth in units of smartphones to converge to the growth rate of the broader mobile phone market which we estimate is in the 5% to 10% range.”

  • By Ben Levisohn
    RBC’s Michael Yee and team tell Gilead Sciences’ (GILD) shareholders not to worry about the bears:
    Associated Press
    Over the past months, investor sentiment has shifted from bulls enjoying significant upside consensus earnings revisions to many going into 2015 worrying and telling us the “bear case” such as: (1) Q4 Hep C sales may miss consensus (analyst expectations a bit high for Q4), (2) competitor AbbVie (ABBV) is coming by 12/22 and may take lots of share from Gilead, and “payors are in control” and AbbVie “will just significantly rebate” to get more share from Gilead Sciences than consensus thinks…and then Merck (MRK) is coming in 2016, causing Gilead Sciences Hep C sales to flatten out in 2015-16 so no more growth, (3) pipeline isn’t enough to overcome Hep C short-tail and so visibility is limited at best beyond 2015.

    We think these issues are understandable but won’t play out – and we expect Gilead Sciences stock will generally work higher. In contrast to bears, fundamentally, and based on our discussions with docs, and especially with the stock back at 10x buyside consensus next year, our call is: (1) AbbVie may get a long “24-week” (not 12-week) label for cirrhotics, making AbbVie’s regimen less interesting/competitive, and they’ll price rationally around $85-90K for 12 weeks’ non-cirrhotic use but thus $170k+ for 24-week cirrhotics, (2) payors have “adjusted” and are “better prepared” for HCV after 2014 and built in the impact for ’15 and can’t truly “block” Harvoni on formularies since it’s the only drug for GT2/3, and AbbVie also has drug interactions with another 30% of pts, (3) Gilead Sciences will meet or beat 2015 US consensus of $12B, (4) they’ll beat OUS ’15 consensus of $3B possibly by $1B+ over the year, (5) they’ll recruit senior oncology personnel and leadership to increase focus on cancer and immuno-oncology in 2015-16 and may do more bolt-on deals, (6) continued aggressive buybacks and our view is they’ll eventually give

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Dec 11, 2014 7:45 PM Flag

    Yet Gilead doesn’t look poised to deliver a worst-case scenario — perhaps just the opposite. With first-mover advantage in the HCV space — and less-than-promising results from other big pharma peers like Merck ( MRK ) and Bristol-Myers Squibb ( BMY ) — Gilead will probably remain the industry leader, especially given the ease of taking Harvoni: just one pill a day. Even AbbVie ( ABBV ), probably Gilead’s closest competitor in HCV, can’t match that convenience — so many doctors and patients are likely to prefer paying a premium for Harvoni over whatever discounted treatments AbbVie ultimately launches.

    Moreover, given the fanfare around HCV, many investors have forgotten about Gilead’s $9 billion HIV business and its ongoing research in other areas. “I would argue that [investors are] paying nothing for the potential upside of Gilead’s R&D pipeline,” says John Park, co-portfolio manager for the Oakseed Opportunity Fund ( SEEDX ), which recently counted the stock as its sixth-largest position. He notes that Gilead recently submitted a new formulation of its HIV drug tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) for approval, an important development that’s being overshadowed by Harvoni.

    “The biggest thing people forget about is the management track record,” says Park. “In the 1990s, Gilead had no products and no profits. Not a lot of those companies make it to the size Gilead is today, and even fewer make it with the same CEO. John Martin has demonstrated a lot of value creation.” Gilead’s market value is about $158 billion.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

    Dec. 11, 2014 8:01 a.m. ET
    It’s unusual for a stock to be a favorite of both growth and value investors — but then Gilead isn’t a typical pharmaceutical company.

    Most investors know Gilead Sciences (ticker: GILD ) for its blockbuster treatments for HIV and hepatitis C (HCV) — and its big swoon this spring when the biotech sector as a whole sold off. Yet while the stock has bounced back strongly, its valuation remains low, even as prospects for its drugs look brighter than ever. The Food and Drug Administration approved its latest HCV drug, Harvoni, in mid-October, and it is expected to log $1.4 billion in sales in the fourth quarter alone.

    “A lot of traditional value companies are trading at a higher multiple than Gilead,” says Brain Lazorishak, portfolio manager of the Chase Growth Fund ( CHASX ), which recently counted Gilead in its top five holdings. He says that while some discount is warranted given uncertainty around future drug sales, at current levels the stock is at an attractive entry point. “If things go right, there’s a lot of upside, and with the valuation where it is, it’s [already] discounting the possibility of things going wrong.”
    Indeed, at just 10.5 times forward earnings — versus 17 times the Standard & Poor’s 500 — Gilead seems to already reflect significant risk. And even if 2015 earnings per share match the lowest of Wall Street’s 27 estimates, the stock, at a recent $104.84, would be at 13.7 times forward earnings. That, too, would be cheap given that earnings per share are projected to rise 25% from this year to next.

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • lookoutgrady by lookoutgrady Oct 29, 2014 7:52 PM Flag

    "Trading at 11.5 times forward earnings, Gilead doesn’t look too pricey, despite touching a new high earlier this week. That multiple is below many of its peers, and while some discount is warranted given the uncertain outcome of many of its drugs, it seems too cheap given that on average analysts expect the company to log long-term EPS growth approaching 20%. Gilead also repurchased $1.7 billion of its stock in the quarter."

    Sentiment: Strong Buy

  • Reply to

    Insider sales

    by gadder007 Sep 25, 2014 7:15 PM
    lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Sep 26, 2014 9:01 AM Flag

    Interesting. It's concerning that the CFO sold all shares. He is not anticipating that apple goes higher

  • Reply to

    Keep calm - let us sell first

    by gadder007 Sep 25, 2014 6:28 PM
    lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Sep 26, 2014 9:00 AM Flag

    Are you referring to Barrons?

  • Reply to

    Keep calm - let us sell first

    by gadder007 Sep 25, 2014 6:28 PM
    lookoutgrady lookoutgrady Sep 25, 2014 7:25 PM Flag

    See you at 90

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