Best Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019

On Nov. 9th, Dynavax Technologies (DVAX) reached the end of a long journey. Its Hepatitis B vaccine, Heplisav-B, was finally given FDA approval. Better still, the label was cleaner than analysts (or the company) expected, featuring no glaring warnings about the FDA’s prior concerns. It even included the vaccine’s superior efficacy in diabetics, a particularly at-risk population that is underserved by the current vaccines on the market.

Despite the triumphal approval, the market has been somewhat skittish about DVAX, sending shares downward. While that has been a pattern among a number of small biotechs in recent months, it was still surprising given the sheer magnitude of the binary event.

Let’s take a look at what’s been happening – and see if we can craft a solid picture of the future for this company.

No Good Deed Unpunished?

Yet for all that good news, DVAX shares began a significant pullback in the wake of approval. From a price of $23.65 just three days before the approval was announced, DVAX fell to hover around $18 a share (and occasionally dipping below $17.50 – a more than 25% drop).

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Three biotech stocks that achieved this feat this week are Nightstar Therapeutics (NASDAQ:NITE), Arbutus Biopharma (NASDAQ:ABUS), and Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB). What caused these stocks to soar, and are they smart picks to buy now? Here’s what you need to know.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    This has been a bad year for Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) so far — the biotech’s stock has dropped more than 10% since it began. But 2018 has been horrible for Acadia Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ACAD), which has seen its share price plunge nearly 40%.

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Investors haven’t been happy with either Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) or Celgene (NASDAQ:CELG) lately. But the level of discontent is much higher with Celgene. The biotech stock has dropped more than 20% so far in 2018, compared to a single-digit percentage decline for Biogen.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Shane Hupp]

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  • [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 Jim Crumly]

    As for individual stocks, shares of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) fell despite the announcement of its first-ever drug approval, and those of Sysco (NYSE:SYY) rose on earnings.

  • [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, patisiran appears to have an edge over Tegsedi in efficacy and safety based on clinical data for the two drugs. 

  • [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?

  • [By Jim Crumly]

    Drug giant Pfizer released details of a successful trial of a drug for heart damage from a rare disease, and although that company’s stock had little reaction, falling 1.9%, shares of companies with potentially competing drugs reacted sharply. Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) soared 16.2%, Ionis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:IONS) jumped 7.8%, and Eidos Therapeutics (NASDAQ:EIDX) plunged 31.1%.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ:GILD), Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) rank as the three top biopharmaceutical companies when it comes to cash stockpiles. Here’s what these drugmakers are most likely to do with all that money — and whether or not you should consider investing some of your hard-earned cash to buy their stocks.

  • [By Zacks]

    The FDA also approved biosimilar Erelzi in 2016. However, the launch is pending in the United States due to an ongoing litigation with Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN).

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw its short interest rise to 10.72 million shares from the previous level of 9.62 million. Shares were last seen at $184.61 in a 52-week trading range of $161.13 to $201.23.

  • [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. 

  • [By Jon C. Ogg]

    Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK) and Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE) were named in an August 3 Merrill Lynch report in which the firm rebalanced its income portfolio. It increased its portfolio position in Merck to 3.0% from 2.0% and in Pfizer to 3.0% from 2.5%. AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV) and Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) were also kept in the portfolio, with weights of 1.5% and 2.0%, respectively.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    When a brand new class of cholesterol-lowering drugs called PCSK9 inhibitors won Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval in 2015, it was heralded as the biggest advance in battling heart disease since the invention of statins. The launch of PCSK9 inhibitors was accompanied by billion-dollar-plus predictions for sales. However, revenue has fallen far shy of blockbuster status, leaving drugmakers Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN), Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:REGN), and Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY) in the lurch.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Money Morning Staff Reports]

    But Blink and our other penny stocks to watch are unlikely to continue to lock in such spectacular gains in June. After looking at our 10 top penny stocks to watch this month, we’ll show you a small-cap stock with great profit potential in its future…

    Penny Stock Current Share Price Law Month’s Gain
     Blink Charging Co. (Nasdaq: BLNK) $7.07 439.85%
    Senes Tech Inc. (Nasdaq: SNES) $1.27 175.40%
    Vivis Inc. (Nasdaq: VVUS) $0.77 150.41%
    Adomani Inc. (Nasdaq: ADOM) $1.49 137.68%
    NF Energy Saving Co. (Nasdaq: NFEC) $2.34 134.88%
    Vaalco Energy Inc. (NYSE: EGY) $2.15 109.06%
    Heat Biologics Inc. (Nasdaq: HTBX) $2.35 99.12%
    ArQule Inc. (Nasdaq: ARQL) $4.88 90.74%
    LiqTech International Inc. (NYSE: LIQT) $0.66 85.60%
    Transenterix Inc. (NYSE: TRXC) $3.46 77.84%

    While last month’s gains are tremendous, they also illustrate the inherent dangers that come with investing in penny stocks.

  • [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 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.

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