Cancer fighting drugs and therapy companies are poised to profit from long term aging trends of the population as well as the rise of cancer in general. There are now companies that are trying to personalize treatments with gene therapy.
Here are Canadian and US companies that are producing innovative methods to control and cure cancer.
Oncolytics Biotech (ONC-T)
A company that specializes in treating solid tutors. There is still a long way to go but the product has huge potential.
Interesting technology. Trials are turning out well, but too small a sampling at this time. Speculative.
Concordia International Corp (CXR-T)
The company focuses on treating ADHD, cancer and asthma. They went through a restructuring, along with many other Canadian drug manufacturers.
Concordia (CXR-T) or Valeant (VRX-T)? He wouldn’t pick either because whenever you have accounting irregularities, that never gets better, especially in Canada. This sector is under so much heat right now. The US president has really focused in on even legitimate drug companies and there is going to be a lot of scrutiny. doesn’t think…
Medx Health Corp. (MDX-X)
A company that has recently changed their President and CEO. It is a medical device manufacturer that helps diagnose skin cancer, and they are now entering Spanish-speaking countries.
Their numbers were up 13%. They have a device that looks at moles for Melanoma. They are now focusing on health and safety for workers. There is a pilot going on with Loblaw’s.
Amgen Inc. (AMGN-Q)
A developer and manufacturer of biotechnology based therapy. They have several cancer fighting drugs in their repertoire including a new colorectal cancer drug. They have surpassed earning estimates in the last year and pays a dividend of 3%.
They create drugs similar to other bio-similar drugs. The competitive threats in biologics are a little bit similar. They got approval this morning for a biologic drug. He would like to see them consolidate here.
Celgene Corp (CELG-Q)
An American biotech company that specializes in cancer and inflammatory disorder therapy. They are starting the process of merging with BMY-N. A good cash flow generator.
(A Top Pick September 19, 2017. Down 37%). About 70% of the stocks he buys turn into gains. Celgene was one of the losses. Generally, the goal is to cut losses quickly. However, Celgene’s earnings have been rising, not falling. The difference is that the market has lost confidence in the company and dropped the…
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMY-N)
The company has several blockbuster immunotherapy drugs in their pipeline, as well as some chemotherapy products for leukaemia. The company has announced plans to acquire Celgene that will add several other high profile drugs.
It is consolidating here. He suspects that the announcements from the trump Administration on American Patients First affected it. Pharmaceutical companies in general are being affected. Not looking too favorable on a technical basis.
Pfizer Inc (PFE-N)
One of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. It is currently in its seasonal weakness which is mid-October. It has enjoyed long term support levels and is consolidating well.
Healthcare in general has outperformed in every bear market. A lot of it comes from large cap pharma companies. He prefers LLY-N. But there is no question that this one is interesting and has good management.
AbbVie Inc. (ABBV-N)
Their blood cancer drug is projected to be one of the top best selling drugs in the world in the near future. The company also has other oncology drugs such as a top-selling immunology drug called Humira. They are currently in the process of acquiring Allergan.
Likes it, even though flat this year. Pays a nice dividend of 4.1%, which is expected to grow. Likes the healthcare space. Hold on to it and collect the dividend.
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ-N)
A global medical devices, pharmaceutical and consumer goods company. Their drugs are doing well and the company remains very profitable but volatile. They are going through a litigation for opiates and a ruling against their anti-psychotic drug.
Always worried about large US potential lawsuits. Suffering like all the other pharma companies. Devices and consumer brands are keeping it going. Stock is not cheap. Wait for a better entry price. Lawsuits are an overhang. (Analysts’ price target is $145.00)
Novartis AG (NVS-N)
One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company based out of Switzerland. They sold off their ophthalmology business and are refocusing on generic drugs. The company also has many drugs that are close to approval that could become blockbuster drugs.
Healthcare. Has a decent vaccine business as well as a decent generics business. This would be a good solid hold. Organic growth will have to be a big part of the equation in order to continue to grow EPS. Good stock.
GlaxoSmithKline PLC (GSK-N)
A British pharma company that is refocusing away from consumer products to pharmaceuticals. The company is doing well with 5% dividend. However, there is a hard brexit risk.
(A Top Pick March 21/17. Up 4%.) He has been beating the drums for international investments because dividends were greater and valuations were better. Also, US healthcare has been so under pressure with prices skyrocketing, and this gave you an opportunity to invest in the European drug company.
Astrazeneca P L C (AZN-N)
A well diversified and global pharmaceutical company that specializes in oncology. They pay a great dividend and are focusing on less price-sensitive areas.
Gilead Sciences Inc. (GILD-Q)
An American biopharmaceutical company. They consolidated for the last year and a half. The company is doing well, with a 4% yield. They have a history of blockbuster drugs with Hepatitis C and HIV.
(A Top Pick August 3/2017, Up 8%) Recently exited and bought JNJ instead. Hurt by own success with drugs that cure. Great for society, but not great for the equity. Waiting for transitional acquisition that’s not coming.
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc (REGN-Q)
A biotech company with good free cash flow. They have some drugs for niche markets. Their earnings don’t come from one specific sector of their activity.
Loves the biotech sector right now. If he had to invest money in one sector right now, it would be Biotechs. He likes this company. They are positioned very well.
CRISPR Therapeutics AG (CRSP-Q)
A smaller company that is developing gene medications. They have a gene-editing tool that has the potential to cure several diseases, including some cancers.
They produce a gene-editing tool that splices DNA that has the potential of curing diseases such as Huntington's Chorea and cancer. It's new technology, but he can't think of another company doing this. This segment is very rich and a trading opportunity at best.
Varian Medical Systems (VAR-N)
The company specializes in radiation therapy equipment to treat cancer. The trend for cancer radiation therapy is still positive and analysts think there will be an up-tick in sales.
Medical systems in the cancer field. Company has done brilliantly. Trading up near record levels. If he has stocks that have done really well, he is looking when to get out. Insiders have been selling. Book value is about $12.
Merck & Company (MRK-N)
Their main drugs are for treating diabetes and oncology. They have a great pipeline of new drugs that are coming up and will drive revenues over the long term. They pay a dividend of 2.65%
He thinks the worst of the drugs going off patent is over. These guys have been really hurt by their patent cliff. It is a really good value name. He sees resistance at $67. It is a good sector to be in. (Analysts’ target: $68.79).
Eli Lilly & Co. (LLY-N)
A global pharmaceutical company that recently made an acquisition in oncology. It has been one of the best growth companies with a rate of 10% EPS.
Been undergoing struggles with patent expiry and competition. Massive R&D budget and it is hard to know when they will have the next block buster drug. A good blue chip name to own. JNJ might be a safer way to participate.
Abbott Labs (ABT-N)
A diversified healthcare company. It sells generic drugs to emerging markets. They also have medical devices and are diversified globally. A very safe play, especially considering that they have raised dividends for 47 years straight. Yield of 1.50%.
She continues to hold it and likes it. They have done well this year so she would wait for a pull back to add to this position. They are good at taking costs out. They always increase their dividend and it should continue. A good core holding.