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We highlight a few leading players from the biotech sector, having surpassed the same so far in 2019 and are likely to put up a good show during the second half of 2019 as well.
CEO & President of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VRTX) Jeffrey M Leiden sold 56,030 shares of VRTX on 06/18/2019 at an average price of $175.39 a share.
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Editor's note: This story was previously published in April 2019. It has since been updated and republishedThe benefit of fast-growing stocks is self-evident, but as inflation becomes something to start worrying about, fast-growing stocks have an importance tied to timing. If you haven't noticed, there has been a lot of talk about something that we haven't heard about for almost a decade, inflation.Source: Shutterstock For nearly a decade, the Federal Reserve and all the central banks in all the industrialized nations have been managing interest rates to keep them outrageously low until the financial system had a chance to right itself.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsNow, we're in the next phase of that great experiment. Economies are coming back online and central banks are raising interest rates to keep inflation at bay while not shutting off the green shoots of growth.But this isn't a science. It's a bit messy. It means that growth will be more uneven than it has been in the past. You need to find firms with solid sales earnings growth as well as technical and fundamental strengths to keep the profits rolling. * 6 Stocks Ready to Bounce on a Trade Deal These are five fast-growing stocks to buy today that will keep you in good stead for years to come. Sherwin-Williams (SHW)Sherwin-Williams Co (NYSE:SHW) has sold paint and coatings now for 152 years. That's a pretty impressive record. But it's a bit unusual to see a paint company in a list of top growth stocks. Usually, it's some cloud-storage firm or a breakout online retailer.Source: Shutterstock However, SHW, by its size and reputation, has not only endured but it has positioned itself on top of the coatings heap. It grew from annual sales of $400,000 in 1866 to annual sales topping $15 billion last year, coming from over 100 countries around the world.Its size, scope and quality is one reason hardware giant Lowe's Companies, Inc. (NYSE:LOW) inked a deal to be the only nationwide home seller to offer SHW products. This is even more exciting given that housing demand is back on track and the interest in homeowners to fixing up their current houses. SHW is rated a "B" in my Portfolio Grader system. Vertex (VRTX)Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) is one of the leading pharmaceutical firms when it comes to treating cystic fibrosis (CF).Source: Shutterstock That may not seem like much of a franchise given all the other more compelling diseases out there, but VRTX has built a $48 billion market cap in the sector and most of its competitors are looking for other places to find an opening.That is a big deal for pharma companies that usually are strong until patents run down or generics start eating into margins. * 7 Value Stocks to Buy for the Second Half Not so with VRTX. As new approvals keep rolling in for next-generation CF drugs, it has plenty more in the pipeline to keep this growth going. Vertex is rated a "B" by Portfolio Grader. Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A)Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A, NYSE:RDS.B) is one of the biggest players in the global energy markets. With a $284 billion market cap, the only Big Oil that's bigger is Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM). It's what is called an integrated energy company because it has operations from the fields to the pipelines to the refineries to the distribution.Source: Mike Mozart via FlickrAs with all energy firms, when times are bad, the more exposure you have to the entire production and distribution process, the tougher things get. But at the size the big oils are, they have the money to wait out the bad patches.And that's just what RDS.A has done. Now it's time to cash in. RDS stock is rated a "C" by Portfolio Grader, but it is still delivering a mouth-watering 5.8% dividend. However, that may wane as the stock price starts rising. In the meanwhile, it's easy to see why this is one of our picks for the best fast-growing stocks. Lumentum (LITE)Lumentum Holdings Inc (NASDAQ: LITE) is a specialty company that focuses on laser beams. It's one of the biggest optical and photonics companies in the world that is working on the 3D sensing sector.Source: Shutterstock Essentially, 3D sensing is basically the gesture sensing that we all have become accustomed with in our mobile devices, screens in our cars, etc. It is one of the most ubiquitous aspects of our interactive age and one of the key parts of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept. * 5 Stocks to Buy for $20 or Less LITE stock rates as a "C" in Portfolio Grader, but the broader tailwinds make it worthwhile. That is to say, Lumentum is also a major player in the optical networking space that makes the infrastructure that makes our world "smarter," operating in as close to real time as possible. It's crucial for the next generation of cloud computing and network operations.Its laser division helps build the next generation of equipment that makes all this possible. Knight-Swift (KNX)Knight-Swift Transportation Holdings Inc (NYSE:KNX) had its humble beginnings in 1966, taking steel from the Port of Los Angeles to Arizona and bringing cotton from Arizona to LA. Today, KNX is a $5.78 billion business with 20,000 trucks on the road throughout the U.S. and Mexico. If you see a Swift logo on a truck while driving, it's a KNX truck.Source: David Guo via FlickrCharles Dow, the inspiration for the Dow Jones Industrial Average, also inspired a fundamental theory about the economy and the markets. It's simply called Dow Theory.One of the core tenants is that if you look at the transportation and the industrial sectors, you can predict how well the economy will be doing in the near future. If the transport business is rising, that's a bullish sign that the economy is on an upswing and KNX stock with it.It's worth mentioning, however, that KNX stock sports an "F" rating in my Portfolio Grader system on a quantitative basis, but it has a "C" rating for fundamentals. Its inclusion in this list lies with its astronomical growth -- KNX stock is up 32% from its January low, and its one-year price target of $41.83 represents 25.84% growth. On an earnings basis, Knight-Swift is predicted to grow earnings at a long-term (5-year) rate of 22.96%.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of five investing newsletters: Blue Chip Growth, Emerging Growth, Ultimate Growth, Family Trust and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Blue Chip Growth, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 9 Stocks That Would Be Hurt By a Mexico/U.S. Border Closure * 7 A-Rated Healthcare Stocks for Industry Expansion * 10 Stocks That Every 30-Year-Old Should Buy and Hold Forever Compare Brokers The post Check Out These 5 Fast-Growing Stocks to Buy Today appeared first on InvestorPlace.
Tech stocks are tumbling around like they're in a washing machine. Between the trade wars and varying economic numbers, chip stock have been all over the place. While the Nasdaq Biotech Index (INDEXNASDAQ:NBI) is up 7% year to date, it was a bumpy ride through the latter part of 2018.This year, the broad biotech sector has been buffeted along with other broad market indicators, considering that the weaker-than-expected U.S. economy and the continued trade war with China have slapped a question mark over that growth market.Also, U.S. healthcare seems to be frozen in place for now, so "silver bullet" medicines aren't getting the attention they deserve. And the administrations crackdown on funding and researchers at the National Institutes of Health are also challenging since most major drug discoveries start at NIH and are then pulled into R&D efforts at biotech and pharma companies.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 7 High-Quality Cheap Stocks to Buy With $10 But following are seven healthy biotech stocks to buy now. They get top scores in my Portfolio Grader for their fundamentals, earnings and momentum. These seven biotechs are both big and small, the one thing they have in common is growth now and in their future. Biotech Stocks to Buy: Repligen (RGEN)Repligen Corp (NASDAQ:RGEN) has had quite a good year, up 65% in the past 12 months, and 42% year to date. If a biotech or a Big Pharma are the bakeries that sell the finished goods, RGEN is the company that sells the ingredients and tools to the bakeries.It has three divisions: Chromotography (the separation of a mixture by passing it through a suspension), Filtration and OEM Products (usually proteins used for purification and cell growth products).These "ingredients" are certainly more complex than they are for a bakery, but they're just as fundamental to building drugs and manufacturing them with quality and consistency on a large scale.With a $3.6 billion market cap, RGEN is a good sized player with exposure across the industry, so it's a leveraged played on the fundamental growth in the biotech and pharmaceutical sector. And that's a solid investment moving forward. Vertex Pharma (VRTX)Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:VRTX) is a big-cap pharmaceutical firm based out Boston, MA. It currently has three approved drugs to treat cystic fibrosis (CF) and has a number of drugs in the pipeline to treat other auto-immune diseases.Earlier this month it moved into the genetic therapy side of the business, expanding its relationship with CRISPR Therapeutics (CSPR) and buying gene therapy company Exonics Therapeutics.Exonics is involved in developing a gene therapy for Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD). DMD is the most common form of the disease. It afflicts about 1 in 3,500 males and is usually recognized between the ages of 3 and 6 years of age. By age 10, most patients are wheelchair bound.Creating a gene therapy to resolve this rare disease would be massive. And given VRTX's history with CF, it has a very good shot. * 7 U.S. Stocks to Buy With Limited Trade War Exposure It's a relative outperformer in the big cap biotech space -- it sports a $43 billion market cap -- and is still a good value. Recro Pharma (REPH)Recro Pharma Inc (NASDAQ:REPH) is a small cap -- $206 million market cap -- that was launched in 2007. Its focus is on non-opioid, non-addictive pain and analgesics.It focuses its efforts on products for hospitals and ambulatory care facilities and works with generics to develop more effective delivery systems and more targeted markets.For example, its top-performing drug is meloxicam, an analgesic for post-operative pain that is administered intravenously. It also has an intranasal formulation of dexmedetomidine (Dex) for post-operative pain. Its third pipeline drug is fadolmidine and is similar to Dex but doesn't cross the blood-brain barrier.The stock is up 31% year to date and up 75% for the past 12 months. There's a good chance that its drugs could be fast-tracked considering the opioid crisis, which would get them to market even faster. Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Corp (ARWR)Arrowhead Pharmaceuticals Corp (NASDAQ:ARWR) is a gene therapy biotech with a twist. Instead of using modified genes to eradicate a disease, it silences genes that are causing problems.Either way, this is a very hot sector and ARWR is one of the shining stars in the biotech heaven. It has a $2 billion market cap and has been around since 1989, which is means it has been through two or three waves of biotech booms and busts.The stock is on fire right now, up 108% year to date and 134% in the past year. Part of that is the news last October is signed a deal to license one of its drugs that targets hepatitis B to Janssen Pharmaceuticals. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 It's pricey, but it has a lot of big new ahead of it. Veracyte (VCYT)Veracyte Inc (NASDAQ:VCYT) is also on the genetic side of the biotech sector. But it doesn't develop novel drugs, it produces genetic testing for various types of diseases.This is another new sector that is growing quickly because of the processing power now available to sequence genes and see how they tick.Right now, VCYT has genetic tests for thyroid cancer, lung cancer and a lung disease called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The latter has been very hard to test for in the past, so VCYT testing is a big step forward.With a $1 billion market cap, VCYT is establishing a name for itself and already has products in the market, which is a very attractive business model compared to drug companies that will spend years and billions of dollars hoping a drug will get to the marketplace.Up and staggering 214% in the past year and 121% year to date, VCYT is just getting started. And could be a serious takeover candidate. Affimed (AFMD)Affimed NV (NASDAQ:AFMD) is a Germany-based biotech that is focused on immunotherapy work. This line of work is built on the premise that you can find a way for each individual to help combat disease using their own immune system.This is highly complex and is in earlier stages than gene therapy but it has enormous potential, especially in treating various cancers.AFMD has a proprietary ROCK(R) platform for recognizing and attacking certain types of cancers. It cancelled phase 1 studies in October of AFM11 to focus on its innate cell engager AFM24.Immuno-oncology is more than just working with a patient's immune system. It also means individualized treatment solutions for each patient. That would be a massive shift in the way disease care is viewed. And it's getting very close. * 7 Dividend Stocks That Are Worth Your Money Also, being a German company, it would have access to the European markets as well as the U.S. markets due to its partnership with Genentech. But it's a small cap with some work to do, so be patient. Incyte Corp (INCY)Incyte Corp (NASDAQ:INCY) is a Delaware-based biotech that is another good-sized player with a market cap of $16 billion.It has one drug that has been in the marketplace for years now. JAKAFI is a treatment for a rare form of bone marrow cancer and it also has a use as a treatment for host-done issues with bone marrow transplants.When you have drugs for rare diseases you have less competition and you can also charge more since there is few to no competitors but the market is also very small. But this does help start generating revenue for a company that can then use that cash to develop more drugs without burning through cash waiting for a big breakthrough.INCY has cooperative agreements with Merck (MRK) and Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY) using a new drug to work with their immuno-oncology drugs that are already on the market. This could be a big opportunity since these two Big Pharma firms could help get this combination through regulatory hurdles.The stock is up 21% year to date but only 4% in the past year. Its partnerships with leading Big Pharma firms is a strategic play on broader industry exposure.Louis Navellier is a renowned growth investor. He is the editor of five investing newsletters: Blue Chip Growth, Emerging Growth, Ultimate Growth, Family Trust and Platinum Growth. His most popular service, Blue Chip Growth, has a track record of beating the market 3:1 over the last 14 years. He uses a combination of quantitative and fundamental analysis to identify market-beating stocks. Mr. Navellier has made his proven formula accessible to investors via his free, online stock rating tool, PortfolioGrader.com. Louis Navellier may hold some of the aforementioned securities in one or more of his newsletters. 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Glaxo (GSK) signs a five-year collaboration contract with the University of California to build a new laboratory for developing new medicines with the aid of CRISPR technologies.
It was a victory for stocks on Thursday, though not a decisive one. The 0.41% gain logged by the S&P 500 keeps it above some important technical support, but one rough day could still put the broad market into something of a tailspin.Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS) shares did more than their fair share of the heavy lifting, up 4.4% largely after Morgan Stanley predicted its planned streaming product, Disney+, would be even more successful than most investors have given it credit for. Restoration Hardware Holdings (NYSE:RH), also just called RH, logged one of the biggest wins on Thursday though, rallying more than 15% after topping its fiscal first quarter estimates.At the other end of the spectrum, Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) fell 3.1% after MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson suggested the recent strength made it a good time to take some profits.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsNone make for great trading options headed into the weekend though. Rather, it's the stock charts of Nektar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NKTR), Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) and Symantec (NASDAQ:SYMC) that present themselves as the top prospects. Here's why. Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX)Vertex Pharmaceuticals is no stranger to big swings in both directions. In fact, big swings are the norm. These aren't just sizeable, trade-worthy movements though. They're actually pretty predictable in terms of size and scope. The turns are taking shape pretty much where they should, even if VRTX is incapable of moving anywhere in a straight line. * 10 Stocks to Buy That Wall Street Expects to Soar for the Rest of 2019 The stock's back at a well-established technical floor now, suggesting a rebound move is nigh. This revisit of a familiar floor does look a little bit different though, in that the stock's struggled to push up and off of it. It may be a clue that the bears are just waiting to deal a proverbial death blow. Click to Enlarge • The range in question is plotted with white lines on both stock charts, tracing the major highs and lows going all the way back to 2017.• Bolstering the case for a bounce here is the fact that the stochastic indicator is into oversold territory. That's not a condition that's been allowed to last long for Vertex Pharmaceuticals, but…• …zooming out shows that VRTX has been hugging the floor in question since April. It should have rebounded by now. One or two rough days could break the support, perhaps unleashing a wave of pent-up selling. Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR)Nektar Therapeutics was beaten so badly last year that traders have been wary of stepping back into it now. But, to its credit, at least the bleeding has stopped. The few bulls still testing the waters have even established a technical floor since late last year.There's a much bigger method to the madness though. That is, the selling has been slowly but surely ground to a halt, and the would-be buyers are establishing a base from which to carry the stock higher again. While there's still much work to be done, that work is being done. Click to Enlarge • The floor in question is plotted in yellow on both stock charts, tagging all the key lows going back to late December.• Zooming out to the weekly chart we can see shares of NKTR have already started to poke through falling resistance lines.• The key to, and signal of, a fully established breakout thrust is the next move above the white 200-day moving average line at $40.86 and the weekly chart's Chaikin line moving back above the zero level. Symantec (SYMC)In late March Symantec was featured as a name that had been range-bound for several weeks, and of the effort to push above a well-established ceiling at the time failed, a retreat back to the lower boundary of that range was likely.SYMC did indeed punch through that ceiling, though it was a flawed break. With a gap left in the rearview mirror, shares started to peel back in May and eventually made their way back to the support portion of the range anyway. Since kissing that floor late last month though, the bulls appear to have regrouped and are ready to make the trip back to the ceiling again. Click to Enlarge • The range in question is between $17.50 and $23.60, marked with red and yellow lines on both stock charts.• The weekly chart also shows an oversold stochastic indicator, which more often than not does point where Symantec has moved to an unsustainable extreme.• Curiously, though shares have yet to make a solid upward move, the weekly chart's rising Chaikin line suggests there's a lot more buying interest than selling pressure in place right now.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site, jamesbrumley.com, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. 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The field of biotechs developing treatments for Duchenne muscular dystrophy became more crowded this week, with biotech startup Dyne setting its sights on the muscle-wasting rare disease.
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CRISPR Therapeutics (CRSP) is set to receive $175 million in upfront payment from Vertex following the expansion of the collaboration agreement for gene editing program to include new disease areas.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc NASDAQ/NGS:VRTXView full report here! Summary * ETFs holding this stock have seen outflows over the last one-month * Bearish sentiment is low * Economic output for the sector is expanding but at a slower rate Bearish sentimentShort interest | PositiveShort interest is extremely low for VRTX with fewer than 1% of shares on loan. This could indicate that investors who seek to profit from falling equity prices are not currently targeting VRTX. Money flowETF/Index ownership | NegativeETF activity is negative. Over the last one-month, outflows of investor capital in ETFs holding VRTX totaled $13.82 billion. Additionally, the rate of outflows appears to be accelerating. Economic sentimentPMI by IHS Markit | NegativeAccording to the latest IHS Markit Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) data, output in the Healthcare sector is rising. The rate of growth is weak relative to the trend shown over the past year, however, and is easing. Credit worthinessCredit default swapCDS data is not available for this security.Please send all inquiries related to the report to firstname.lastname@example.org.Charts and report PDFs will only be available for 30 days after publishing.This document has been produced for information purposes only and is not to be relied upon or as construed as investment advice. To the fullest extent permitted by law, IHS Markit disclaims any responsibility or liability, whether in contract, tort (including, without limitation, negligence), equity or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising from any reliance on or the use of this material in any way. Please view the full legal disclaimer and methodology information on pages 2-3 of the full report.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals recently doubled down on its gene editing collaboration with CRISPR Therapeutics, but it's miles behind an arguably simpler solution.
Vertex Pharmaceuticals is betting on gene-editing treatments with the acquisition of private biotech company Exonics Therapeutics and a deeper collaboration with Crispr Therapeutics.
Gene editing is an emerging field, and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated (NASDAQ: VRTX ) is plunging headlong into it with two deals announced Thursday after the market close. Expanded Collaboration, Licensing ...
Vertex (VRTX) is expanding its gene editing pipeline into new disease areas by expanding collaboration with CRISPR Therapeutics and acquiring Exonics.
Here's a roundup of top developments in the biotech space over the last 24 hours. Scaling The Peaks (Biotech stocks hitting 52-week highs on June 6) BIOFRONTERA AG/ADR (NASDAQ: BFRA ) BIO-TECHNE Corp (NASDAQ: ...
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