Biotechnology, Gene-editing and Medical Research Stocks to Buy in 2019
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.
Very positive on the stock price, the company, and the partnerships they're announcing. Technicals indicate the stock may head toward 90 cents, but he says higher. Just won a contract from the Ontario government. Covid testing isn't going away. Sales should triple in the next 12 months.
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.
Remote monitoring of chronic disease. Real-time reporting to doctors. Slowed by Covid. Cashflow positive this quarter. Subscription model. Solid growth trajectory. CEO has a lot of skin in the game. No dividend.
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.
Doesn't know this well. They're in the cannabis sector, more in the extraction market, an area that will continue to expand. He's watching their progress in earnings.
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.
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.
It hit a new 52-week high today, based on it successful Covid treatment that gets patients out of the hospital a lot faster.
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.
In the race to find a treatment, Gilead currently leads with its remdesivir. It's the name on every investor's lips and trading screens. Tests so far indicate that remdesivir shortens the recovery time of some Covid-19 patients, specifically those who take remdesivir recover after 11 days, which is four days faster than those who did…
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.
Good quality stock that won't hurt you. Reasonable valuation, nice dividend. Bad news is everything is already built into the stock. Where's the growth past 2023? Not much upside. He'd add at $32-36, but not here at $44.
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.
(A Top Pick Nov 26/20, Up 32.3%)Stockchase Research Editor: Michael O'Reilly Our PAST TOP PICK with BIIB has triggered its stop at $320. We recommend covering the position at this time. We will look for another entry point when value is justified again.
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.
Likes this pharma. It offers decent dividend growth and the dividend is safe. He holds pharma long term and didn't sell during Covid. Post-Covid, focus will return to non-Covid drugs, like BMY's cancer treatment.
Novartis AG (NVS-N)
One of the largest multinational Swiss pharmaceutical company. They are refocusing on generic drugs and have sold their ophthalmology business.
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.
It has been under-performing the overall market. Biotechs don't do well at this point seasonally. Its seasonal period starts in June and the trade could setup quite well. Don't look at it at this time.
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.
Trades at 34x PE, because investors believe in LLY's new Alzheimer's drug. Also, all drug stocks are rallying because of the Delta variant and calls for a booster shot.
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.
They report Thursday. Boring, but he predicts stellar numbers. Their medical devices are being installed in record numbers post-pandemic. There's a lot of pent-up demand from all these delayed surgeries.
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%
There is renewed interest in the pharmaceutical sector after decades of being ignored. They are starting to act like value stocks. A good time to start a position in the pharma sector according to Norman Levine. Mentions have increased 22%.
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.
Big medical supplies. They also have some proprietary parts of the business. He sold it about a month ago to buy one of today's top picks. You won't do too badly owning this going forward.
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.
Has long held this. They produce medical devices for hips, knees and spines. The sector fell off during lockdowns due to no or few elective surgeries, however that is rebounding. Also, this is a demographic play as the population ages and needs such surgeries. Also, doctors stay loyal to a brand of medical devices. Trades…
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+…