Biotech Stocks Shake Off Fears of Greek Crisis…Update-1… 7/8

Update 7/8/15  12:10p EDT

Strange Day with Computer Networks

NYSE exchange is down and trading halted- all orders are cancelled. However stocks are trading on other exchanges but at very low volume. United Airlines Grounding Ends after two hour disruption due to a router issue. Apparently no connection but….some other WEB sites are down as well. e.g. zerohedge.com

Biotech stocks in the red across the board. XBI down 2.58%. Large caps down 1%+.NASDAQ down 1.4%. There appears to be no panic over this trading disruption. Retail traders should not notice any change in their order executions.

Unrelated news China (FXI) is down over 5%

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But Early Attempt at a Broader Rally Fades

Many biotech stocks were in the green today showing resilience in the face of an emerging financial crisis in Europe and volatility in China markets which were off over 4%. Large caps held up well mainly in the green as did all major ETFs. The XBI took off early could not hold then retreated to the flat line with a boost at the close. The NASDAQ was off 0.34%.

Some high profile mid-caps were strong: Biomarin (BMRN), Clovis Oncology (CLVS), Incyte (INCY) were up over 2%; Immuno-oncology stocks saw a lot of green. Overall the biotech sector had a good day even though healthcare stocks were mixed.

The near-term drivers will continue to be M&A with early results from earnings in the larger caps and diagnostic stocks. The trend remains up just off June all-time highs so this is a good time to sit on existing positions but not take on additional risk in light of macro news. Technicals rule.

 

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