Top 10 Biotech Stocks For 2019

Big news could cause these biotech stocks to go up or down. Biotech’s biggest stories this year include trial data and Food and Drug Administration decisions for therapies targeting indications with a massive need for new treatment options, including blood disorders, genetic diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Many companies could see share prices pop or drop based on fast-approaching news in these indications, but six companies could be particularly exciting for investors to keep tabs on from here. In this episode of The Motley Fool’s Industry Focus Healthcare, host Shannon Jones is joined by Motley Fool contributor Todd Campbell to discuss:

The imminent results for Biogen’s (NASDAQ:BIIB) Alzheimer’s disease moonshot; Why European regulators could make this a big year for bluebird bio (NASDAQ:BLUE); How targeting the cause of sickle-cell disease could pan out for Global Blood Therapeutics (NASDAQ:GBT); A new treatment for peanut allergy is around the corner thanks to Aimmune Therapeutics (NASDAQ:AIMT); Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ:VRTX) big opportunity to significantly boost its addressable market; and The news that could transform Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy treatment and send Sarepta Therapeutics’ (NASDAQ:SRPT) revenue soaring.

A full transcript follows the video.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Gables Capital Management Inc. purchased a new stake in Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) during the first quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm purchased 1,023 shares of the medical research company’s stock, valued at approximately $174,000.

  • [By Max Byerly]

    Wedbush Securities Inc. decreased its holdings in Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) by 5.5% in the 2nd quarter, according to the company in its most recent Form 13F filing with the SEC. The firm owned 20,159 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 1,174 shares during the quarter. Wedbush Securities Inc.’s holdings in Amgen were worth $3,721,000 at the end of the most recent reporting period.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw its short interest fall slightly to 10.61 million shares from the previous level of 10.72 million. Shares were last seen at $184.59, in a 52-week trading range of $163.31 to $201.23.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw its short interest rise to 10.78 million shares from the previous level of 9.98 million. Shares were last seen trading at $196.64, in a 52-week trading range of $163.31 to $201.23.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Rhenman & Partners Asset Management AB lifted its holdings in shares of Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) by 130.8% in the third quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The firm owned 30,000 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after purchasing an additional 17,000 shares during the quarter. Rhenman & Partners Asset Management AB’s holdings in Biogen were worth $10,599,000 as of its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Russell Investments Group Ltd. boosted its holdings in Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) by 40.1% in the first quarter, according to its most recent filing with the SEC. The institutional investor owned 183,809 shares of the biotechnology company’s stock after buying an additional 52,654 shares during the period. Russell Investments Group Ltd.’s holdings in Biogen were worth $50,222,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By George Budwell]

    Biotech heavyweight Biogen (NASDAQ:BIIB) has now lost over 13% of its value so far this year. To be fair, this year hasn’t been kind to biotechs in general, thanks to President Trump’s aggressive trade policies with China. But Biogen’s value has been declining at a far faster rate than the industry as a whole due to stiffer competition in the all-important multiple sclerosis (MS) space.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Analysts at Canaccord Genuity upgraded Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) from Hold to Buy.

    Biogen shares rose 2.55 percent to close at $294.40 on Tuesday.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) was downgraded by stock analysts at ValuEngine from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report released on Tuesday.

  • [By Motley Fool Transcription]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ:ALNY)Q4 2019 Earnings Conference CallFeb. 7, 2017, 4:30 p.m. ET

    Contents:
    Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants
    Prepared Remarks:

    Operator

  • [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 Stephan Byrd]

    Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) was downgraded by investment analysts at BidaskClub from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research note issued on Wednesday.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks 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 Lisa Levin] Gainers
    Melinta Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MLNT) shares surged 20.6 percent to $6.39. WBB Securities upgraded Melinta Therapeutics from Hold to Speculative Buy.
    Shoe Carnival, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCVL) shares climbed 17.2 percent to $30.87 after the company reported upbeat quarterly earnings.
    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.
    Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) gained 7.9 percent to $38.82 after Citron reversed previously bearish position on the stock.
    Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD) shares jumped 7.3 percent to $3.55.
    Deckers Outdoor Corp (NYSE: DECK) rose 3.5 percent to $107.27 after reporting better-than-expected results for its fiscal fourth quarter.

    Check out these big penny stock gainers and losers

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL)’s share price rose 6.2% during trading on Thursday . The stock traded as high as $5.21 and last traded at $5.15. Approximately 955,706 shares changed hands during mid-day trading, a decline of 23% from the average daily volume of 1,244,948 shares. The stock had previously closed at $4.85.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [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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