Top Biotech and Pharma Stocks to Bet on Cancer Cure & Control
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.
The technicals do not look good at all – with a decline lasting over the past two months. He would not touch this one at all. A 50 day moving average would be a buy signal if it can trade back above it.
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.
Likes turnarounds, but it’s not ready. Want to see two things: 1) the stock hitting a 52-week high, and 2) the numbers moving in the right direction. Don’t do anything until then. Odds are this is going to zero.
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.
Brazilian order? He owns warrants and his wife works as a consultant for them. They have orders for 500 units for a melanoma testing product. The delivery is subject to approval by authorities in Brazil. This could lead to hardware sales by June and revenues that begin to show up in Q4. The company thinks…
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%.
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.
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 Dec 03/18, Up 47%) Celgene had made a number of mis-steps, including management applying for multiple FDA approvals. One thing he really liked about the acquisition was the price it was bought. The acquisition by BMY helped them diversify and it seems to be going well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(A Top Pick Sep 30/20, Up 29%) Their primary franchise is going of patent in a couple years. They have been working on diluting its effect, especially with their purchase of Allergan. Other franchises are getting to billion dollar franchises too. The clock is ticking. FDA detemined they have to put a warning of possible…
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.
Broadly, pharmaceuticals and healthcare space is not providing a ton of opportunity. Trading at reasonable valuations with 3 divisions. Consumer business is in trouble because more people are going towards generics. Pharma business hasn't seen much tailwind from covid vaccines.
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.
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.
Why bother with the U.K? The British stock market remains one of the strongest in the world and actually matched the TSX's performance in the 30 months after the pivotal June 2016 referendum (the FTSE fell off in 2019). Where to invest? Forget the British banks. They're already slumping, burdened by near-zero interest rates. Better…
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.
Paul McDonald also recommends GSK's peer, AstraZeneca (also trading in New York and London). The pharma is focusing on its pipeline of drugs that can't be easily replicated. A third of its sales comes from the U.S., plus 20% from China, which may actually be a tailwind in this context. The New York stock (AZN-N)…
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.
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…
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.
It hit a new 52-week high today, based on it successful Covid treatment that gets patients out of the hospital a lot faster.
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.
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.
(A Top Pick Aug 29/14. Up 2.34%.) Radiation therapy equipment for treating cancer. Have been affected a little by foreign exchange rates. These are big ticket purchases, so she expects purchases have been delayed, but she has seen this come back. On the emerging-market side, it is a little bit more challenging. Still thinks the…
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%
MRK vs. ABT Both are great companies. ABT is the leading supplier of glasswork to the medical industry. Merck has incredible products as a global pharmaceutical company. You could buy either one.
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.
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.
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%.
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%.