Large Cap Biotech Stocks Get Traction From Revenue Growth…Update-1

10/29/15 Update Large Cap Biotechs

Update Amgen (AMGN) Revenues Grow 14%, beats street.

2016 Revenues guided to ~$22B, flattish revenue growth with higher EPS $10.35-$10.75.

2015 PEG=1.80, P/S=5.94, Div. 1.94%

Rayno Biopharmaceutical Portfolio

Large Caps up 2.6% YTD, IBB up 8% YTD

REGN up 37%, GILD up 16%, AMGN up o.6%


Nice Rally today on Biopharma Earnings: BIIB, BMY,GILD

Strong Overall Biotech Tape Today, with Healthcare As Leading Sector

Biopharma and healthcare stocks firmed up today helped by Biogen (BIIB) earnings last week and today again with Gilead Sciences (GILD). Over the past month there was a rotation out of drug and healthcare stocks into technology and industrials primarily because of the overhanging cloud of pricing. Although the concerns of weaker drug pricing remain longer term, healthcare remains one of the few growth sectors in the current economy. However, after the Gilead Sciences (GILD) conference call the stock dropped over 2% after hours from concerns about HCV product growth.The Company topped forecasts with $2.87B on the bottom line and  $8.3B on the top line and net product sales guided to $30-31B for 2015. But the new normal as we can see even from the AAPL earnings “beat” is that investors are cautious and out of the MoMo mode.

Bristol -Myers Squibb (BMY) also beat in Q3 with a profit of $760M on Revenues of $4.07B. Opdivo grew by $304M with significant other milestones for “immuno-oncology”.

The green screen dominated today with many high fliers on the move like AGIO,  INCY, JUNO and PBYI  The IBB a large cap dominated ETF was up 3.21% and now 5.61% over the choppy, bearish one month period and 8% YTD. Although we are still about 9% UNDER September 2015 highs (way below July highs) we are well into the bottoming process for the sector. The XBI rallied as well up 2.19% and up 8.33% YTD.

Amgen (AMGN) is up for tomorrow.

The IBB closed the performance gap with the leader QQQ to 1.5% points YTD.

Also of note was a huge move up 10% in laggard Cepheid (CPHD) to $33.82.The 52 week high was $63.69. Cepheid missed its Q3 forecast but “bottom fishers” came in today with good volume of 1.8M shares. Cepheid trades at a P/S of 4.76, a good value over the years given its M&A potential.

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