The medical space has been a hot sector these past few years, and have widely outperformed the market. These sectors are defensive as they are not tied to an economic cycle. Furthermore, medical, biotech and gene-editing firms will profit from the aging population and growing need for these services and drugs.
Recently, the sector has pulled back due to promises by the US government to lower drug prices and further regulate the sector. However, it seems analysts are still bullish for the sector. The next election cycle will be a key turning point for these stocks.
👩⚕️ Biotechnology & Medical Research
Resverlogix Corp. (RVX-T)
A clinical biotechnology company that develops epigenetic drugs that treats neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes and other chronic illnesses. They are currently paying down debt.
(Market Call Minute.)Reversing of bad cholesterol in clinical studies. A little early for him but has potential. Speculative.
Spectral Med Inc (EDT-T)
A multinational company that specializes in endotoxin activity assay (EAA) diagnostic and therapy services. The EAA diagnostic product is their main revenue driver.
There is nothing more powerful than a base breakout, and this had one in February of this year. This one is on a trend line right now and there is absolutely nothing wrong with the chart.
Microbix Biosystems (MBX-T)
A biomedical testing company that saw earnings up 40% last quarter. They are increasing capacity and is trading at a reasonable PE. Robert McWhirter choses it as a top pick in May.
(A Top Pick May 17/19, Down 7%) He still holds this one. He participated in a financing about four months ago. They produce tests for HPV, but unfortunately COVID-19 has taken center stage. He likes their quality assessment tests and the outlook remains positive.
Reliq Health Techniques (RHT-X)
A software as a service solution company for remote patient monitoring, telemedicine and collaborative care. The stock experienced a pullback but it is starting to recover due to their long-term potential.
They said they will be cash flow positive moving into 2020. If they have the growth rate they are projecting, then you will see the stock start to move again. Right now it is in the penalty box.
Neptune Wellness Solutions Inc. (NEPT-T)
A nutrition products company that focuses on unique nutrition solutions with specialty ingredients. They are shifting their focus from krill oil extraction to cannabis oil.
For years NEPT was in partnerships where they were extracting Omega-3 oils from krill oil and selling that to consumers. Now they're taking that extraction technology and applying it to the cannabis oil market. He's in a wait-and-see spots. The fundamentals don't back the move up in the stock. He has a small short on…
CRISPR Therapeutics AG (CRSP-Q)
A small cap company that develops gene medication. They recently closed a deal with a pharma company that will help scale their products.
A small company that develops transformative gene medications. They are a small fish in a big sea. A recent transaction with a pharma company allows them to scale out their product, but it is still early. (Analysts’ price target is $58.05)
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (REGN-Q)
A biotech company. That has several core products generating good free cash flow. Their partners include Sanofi to treat severe asthma. Paul MacDonald chose it as a Top Pick in July.
(A Top Pick Jul 17/19, Up 95%) They've developed an antibody for Covid. Great company that he's been adding to. Fine valuation. They have a fine franchise in a severe atopic dermatitis drug. They're also developing an asthma drug that looks promising.
First Trust Biotechnology Index Fund (FBT-N)
An investment fund that corresponds to the NYSE Arca Biotechnology IndexSM. It tracks the performance of small, mid and large cap companies in the biotech industry.
(A Top Pick May 8/17. Up 11.02%.) The period of seasonal strength for this is usually early May right through until the middle of July. We have reached the point where seasonality no longer applies. Now is a good time to take the money off the table.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD-Q)
A pharmaceutical company that produces high priced drugs for hepatitis C and HIV. It trades at less than 9 times earnings with a 4% yield.
It has had a spotty history. It gained wide acknowledgement from their Hep C drug. The stock traded at an expanded multiple. The difficulty was that it was a solution and not a treatment, which means there is a terminal value. This is great for society but not for a business. They made acquisitions in…
Pfizer Inc (PFE-N)
An American pharmaceutical corporation that produces a variety of well known drugs. The seasonal weakness is in mid-October. It is currently consolidating and is sure to appreciate in the near future.
Tough to analyze now. He's awaiting their drug test results. They're in the middle of spinning off long-life assets, including Viagra (later this year or next). This spinning-off will transform Pfizer from boring long-life assets to focus on R&D drugs. He expects their Covid vaccine to succeed the first. The CEO issued an update Friday…
Biogen IDEC Inc. (BIIB-Q)
A multinational biotechnology company that treats neurodegenerative diseases using innovative techniques. This was dragged down along with the whole sector. They experienced a pullback after they closed an Alzheimer study that caught the market by surprise.
https://www.pmlive.com/pharma_news/fda_sets_november_date_for_expert_panel_review_of_biogens_aducanumab_1351831 Until February 2020, Biogen's FDA results of an Alzheimer drug was the healthcare event of the year (then Covid hit). Novartis and other players are starting to compete here, though. He owned Biogen some years ago. He was on a panel which was split over whether Biogen would get FDA approval on Nov. 6.…
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY-N)
A large cap American pharma company that produces prescription drugs for several therapeutic areas. Their latest drugs haven’t done as well as hoped. They are currently in discussion to merge with CELG-Q.
He liked their Celgene acquisition last year (though the market didn't), because it diversified their exposure to other drugs which have exectued well. Their R&D and core business are doing well. The stock trades at only 8x earnings. There is a disconnect between company performance and the market. It's very cheap and they execute well.…
Novartis AG (NVS-N)
One of the largest multinational Swiss pharmaceutical company. They are refocusing on generic drugs and have sold their ophthalmology business.
He sold it recently. They sold their eye-care division and are back to generic drugs, a lousy business for all companies. Invest elsewhere.
Amgen Inc. (AMGN-Q)
A biopharmaceutical company that is the world’s largest independent biotech firm. It is considered the preeminent biotech companies with some good drugs. It trades at a 11x earning which is considered reasonable.
A pure biotech company with a strong biosimilar business with a great core franchise in immunology. Their oncology business is also robust. They had a recent miss in one of their trials, which was the second miss this year. (There is another phase 3 trial this year.) He wants to see either more execution on…
Mylan Inc (MYL-Q)
A global generic and specialty pharmaceuticals company. This is the company that produces Epi Pens. Analysts are uncertain since there is a lot of headwinds on pricing and government intervention.
TEVA-N vs. MYL-Q. He does not like either at these prices. They are both generics manufacturers. There are lots of headwinds on pricing in these categories. We have had a lot of noise on pricing of pharmaceuticals. The FDA is going to alleviate the delays on getting new drugs to market. He wants to be…
Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY-N)
A global pharma company that recently made an acquisition in oncology. They recently had one of their popular drugs withdrawn. They outperformed in 2018 Q4 and they have potential blockbuster diabetes and heart disease drugs in the pipeline.
He owns a basket. He owns this one for their oncology division. He has not owned it for anything COVID-related. Sometimes it is better to buy a basket of these companies.
Medical Equipment, Supplies & Distribution
Medtronic Inc (MDT-N)
The maker of the first pacemaker and several other similar devices. They are starting to enter emerging markets such as India and Bangladesh where there is a need for these devices. Michael Decter chose this as a top pick on October 2, 2019.
A premier medical device-maker. Their most recent report beat the street. These medical stocks sold off during the lockdown over fears that surgeries would halt indefinitely, but those fears and sell-offs were overdone.
Baxter International Inc (BAX-N)
A Fortune 500 health care company. The dividend is very high though current valuations are quite rich. They are focusing on new product developments that generates good growth.
Top healthcare pick. Valuation is rich, though the dividend is decent. He will suggest a better stock in Top Picks.
Abbott Labs (ABT-N)
A multinational diversified healthcare company. It hasn’t been impacted by the focus on drug pricing. It sells generic dugs to emerging markets. They also have a great track record of dividend increases with a yield of 1.5%
ABT vs. JNJ Similar businesses. You absolutely need exposure to healthcare. He holds JNJ for the dividend aristocrat qualities. ABT has been impressive. Testing platform has been phenomenal and will continue to ramp up. It's a great addition to portfolios at these levels. Tough choice between the two, but ABT probably has more immediate upside.
Becton Dickinson (BDX-N)
A medtech company that manufactures medical devices, instrument systems and reagents. It is in medical supplies, not drugs, and supplies primarily to hospitals. A product under FDA review has made the price pull back. They have a good record of dividend appreciation and have opportunities ahead. Barry Schwartz chose it as a top pick on June 24, 2019.
BDX vs. BSX Owns Boston Scientific instead, with a strong history of execution. One-time events threw off that execution. Hospital procedures are coming back, which will benefit the entire industry. BSX is better known for innovation.
Stryker Corp. (SYK-N)
A Fortune 500 medtech firm. They are a leader in robotic surgery and have great organic growth. It is as defensive name since it is not tied to the economic cycle.
The gold standard in the industry. They have the best products, sales force and are quick to adapt. They are very innovative. As surgeries start to pick up, their products will see more demand. They are expected to earn $10/share. They are trading at a cheap multiple to normalized earnings. (Analysts’ price target is $214.35)
Alpha Pro Tech (APT-A)
A company that has a building supplies business and hospital protection business. Whenever there is a pandemic scare, this company takes off. If there is another scare, this will do well.
This is funny in terms of a long-term outlook. They have a buildings supplies business, and the hospital protection business. Whenever there is a pandemic in the works, this company takes off. It has been moving around $4 per share, and thinks it could go a fair bit higher. He would like to get $6+…