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%.
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…
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.
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.…
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.
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…
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. A spin-off of Abbott Labs. They have made a purchase of Allergan that diluted the concentration of Humira. The company will get its legs so buy it and be patient.
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.
One of the companies going through a vaccine trial. They were in the news recently because they had to pause trials due to an illness in a test participant. However, it is not just about the vaccine. They have consumer, pharma and medical device. There is still litigation list from the talc issue. It trades…
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.
He sold it recently. They sold their eye-care division and are back to generic drugs, a lousy business for all companies. Invest elsewhere.
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.
1-year outlook They've had a very good year like all pharmas, even in an election year. Pays a great yield and trades at a low multiple. Driving this are their COVID-19 vaccine efforts. They recently did a deal that puts them in MNRA which allows the fast-tracking of developing vaccines. This whole sector will continue…
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.
Their Covid vaccine in progress For most of the large-cap pharmas he owns, the benefits of producing this vaccine won't benefit these companies as much as people think. That said, AZN has been executing very well in areas like oncology--a key driver for them. In May, AZN's vaccine was his front runner in this race.…
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.
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…
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.
(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.
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.
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)
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%
(A Top Pick Oct 24/19, Down 2%) Healthcare is a resilient sector, not cyclical. Strong in oncology space. Pandemic has crimped pharma sales, especially from hospitals. Shares are cheap, 9% earnings growth rate, dividend over 3%.
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.
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.
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%.
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.