Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019

Our Top Pick for income investors for 2017 is a global biotechnology company, explains money manager Ingrid Hendershot, editor of Hendershot Investments.

AbbVie (ABBV) reported third quarter 2016 net sales increased a healthy 8% to $6.4 billion with net income increasing 29% to $1.6 billion and EPS increasing 31% to $.97.

Excluding specified acquisition-related items, net earnings increased 5% to $1.99 billion and EPS increased 7% to $1.21.

Global Humira sales increased 11% to $4 billion, driven by continued momentum across all three major market categories — rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology.

Sales of Imbruvica, AbbVie’s treatment for blood cancer, increased nearly 65% year-over-year to $501 million, as sales continue to ramp up on regulatory approvals for new treatment indications.

AbbVie continues to make good progress on its broad pipeline of new products.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Short interest in Biogen Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB) decreased slightly to 3.09 million shares from the previous 3.15 million. The stock recently traded at $344.57, within a 52-week range of $249.17 to $388.67.

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    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.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Biogen Inc.’s (NASDAQ: BIIB) second-quarter report is scheduled for Tuesday before the markets open. The consensus estimates are $5.24 in earnings per share (EPS) on $3.26 billion in revenue. The shares ended the week trading at $357.56. The consensus price target is $367.08, and the 52-week trading range is $249.17 to $370.57.

Top 10 Biotech Stocks To Buy For 2019: ArQule Inc.(ARQL)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

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  • [By Logan Wallace]

    ValuEngine downgraded shares of ArQule (NASDAQ:ARQL) from a strong-buy rating to a buy rating in a research report sent to investors on Saturday.

    Several other brokerages also recently issued reports on ARQL. Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of ArQule from a hold rating to a buy rating and set a $2.75 target price for the company in a research note on Tuesday, May 8th. B. Riley set a $4.00 target price on shares of ArQule and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Monday, March 26th. Roth Capital raised their target price on shares of ArQule from $5.00 to $6.00 and gave the company a buy rating in a research note on Tuesday, April 17th. BidaskClub upgraded shares of ArQule from a hold rating to a buy rating in a research note on Saturday, May 19th. Finally, Leerink Swann upgraded shares of ArQule from a market perform rating to an outperform rating in a research note on Thursday, April 5th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company. The company has an average rating of Buy and a consensus price target of $5.35.

  • [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.

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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.

  • [By Joseph Griffin]

    Shares of ArQule, Inc. (NASDAQ:ARQL) were down 5.4% during trading on Wednesday . The company traded as low as $4.71 and last traded at $4.73. Approximately 3,358,864 shares traded hands during trading, an increase of 289% from the average daily volume of 863,008 shares. The stock had previously closed at $5.00.

  • [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.

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Keith Speights]

    I wrote three months ago that I viewed Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) stock as a pretty good pick — but with a couple of qualifications. First, I didn’t think that the biotech would generate returns in 2018 nearly as great as it did last year. Second, I thought that there were even better stocks to buy than Alnylam.

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    Following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of Onpattro, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals’ (NASDAQ:ALNY) first drug to treat hereditary transthyretin-mediated amyloidosis (hATTR), the biotech held a conference call to go over the plan for launch. Here are three things management wants investors to know:

  • [By Brian Orelli]

    The delay in an FDA decision for Tegsedi puts it behind competitor Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY), which expects to hear from the FDA by Aug. 11 for its hATTR drug patisiran. But Sarah Boyce, the president at Akcea Therapeutics, doesn’t think a few months will really matter: “We don’t really feel that’s going to have any impact and the drugs will be close enough together from a launch perspective. So not really [going] to make any adjustments, and we’re very well prepared to be ready to launch following approval.”

  • [By Todd Campbell]

    Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE) reported its hemophilia A drug significantly reduced bleeding events and the need for prophylactic factor VIII infusions, but investors sold shares on worry that the gene therapy’s safety could be a problem. Investors similarly headed for the exits with Rite Aid (NYSE:RAD) and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ALNY) after the former scuttled an attempt to sell itself and the latter secured a first-in-class FDA approval. Are these falling stocks worth buying?

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

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Logan Wallace]

    Cantor Fitzgerald set a $223.00 price target on Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) in a research report sent to investors on Monday. The firm currently has a neutral rating on the medical research company’s stock.

  • [By Ethan Ryder]

    Wayne Hummer Investments L.L.C. trimmed its position in shares of Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) by 11.6% during the 1st quarter, according to its most recent Form 13F filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission. The firm owned 2,311 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 303 shares during the period. Wayne Hummer Investments L.L.C.’s holdings in Amgen were worth $394,000 at the end of the most recent quarter.

  • [By Stephan Byrd]

    PNC Financial Services Group Inc. trimmed its stake in Amgen, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMGN) by 0.3% during the second quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the SEC. The fund owned 2,120,853 shares of the medical research company’s stock after selling 6,484 shares during the quarter. PNC Financial Services Group Inc.’s holdings in Amgen were worth $391,489,000 as of its most recent SEC filing.

  • [By Chris Lange]

    Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN) saw its short interest rise to 11.32 million shares from the previous level of 10.78 million. Shares were last seen trading at $142.15, in a 52-week trading range of $141.09 to $217.00.

  • [By Cory Renauer]

    The Food and Drug Administration recently approved Aimovig from Amgen (NASDAQ:AMGN) and Novartis (NYSE:NVS), the first of several high-profile new drug candidates with a similar mode of action. Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries (NYSE:TEVA) and Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY) have sent applications for similar drugs to the FDA and Alder’s starting to look like a terrier that showed up to a bullfight. 

  • [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.

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