Celgene (CELG) was on the receiving end of an upgrade today, but the upside has been limited as the biotech sector continues to sell off.
Shares of Celgene gained 0.6% to $142.06 today, even as Amgen (AMGN) dropped 2% to 111.41, Biogen (BIIB) fell 3.1% to $285.81 and the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF (XBI) declined 3.9% to $124.37, extending its losing streak to three days. Gilead Sciences (GILD) dipped 0.2% to $73.90, ending a nine-day winning streak
In a report titled “It’s Time…We Think,” Piper Jaffray’s Joshua Schimmer and team explain why they raised their rating on Celgene:
The biotech sector has cooled off significantly over the past couple of months. Even a crushing EPS beat by [Gilead] barely moved that stock. Growth in general has come under pressure, and we are cognizant that high-multiple stocks may struggle to perform. While [Celgene] can’t yet be considered a “value” stock trading at a 2014 P/E multiple of 20x, it’s 20%+ sustainable EPS CAGR means it will eventually either become a value stock or see multiple stabilization with share performance driven by organic EPS growth…
Top 10 Performing Companies To Watch For 2015: Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK)
Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, Alaska Airlines, Inc. and Horizon Air Industries, Inc., operates as an airline company serving destinations in the western United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company provides passenger air services; and freight and mail services primarily to and within the state of Alaska and on the West Coast. As of December 31, 2009, it operated a fleet of 110 jet aircraft; and Horizon Air Industries operated a fleet of 18 jets and 40 turboprop aircraft. The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Seattle, Washington.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Dimitra DeFotis]
Delta Air Lines (DAL) is leading the pack after reporting traffic figures for the past month; its shares are down 5.5%.�American Airlines�(AAL) also is off 5%, and United Continental Holdings (UAL) is off 6.4%. Domestically-oriented airlines fared better, but shares also are in the red:�JetBlue Airways (JBLU) �and Alaska Holdings (ALK) are each down roughly 2%, while Southwest Airlines (LUV) is down nearly 1%.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) is estimated to report its Q3 earnings at $2.14 per share on revenue of $1.36 billion.
Ford Motor Co (NYSE: F) is expected to report its Q3 earnings at $0.37 per share on revenue of $33.98 billion.
- [By Brian Stoffel]
The email surveys have been responsible for a number of changes by the airlines -- from decisions about charging for checked baggage to the types of music made available on the airplane's radio. According to the Journal,�Alaska Airlines (NYSE: ALK ) actually began pouring wine from full-size bottles instead of using single-serve bottles after hearing from customers.�
Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Watch For 2014: GulfMark Offshore Inc.(GLF)
GulfMark Offshore, Inc. provides offshore marine services primarily to companies involved in the offshore exploration and production of oil and natural gas. The company?s vessels provide various services supporting the construction, positioning, and ongoing operation of offshore oil and natural gas drilling rigs and platforms, and related infrastructure. Its vessels transport drilling materials, supplies, and personnel to offshore facilities, as well as move and position drilling structures, and provide anchor handling and towing services. The company?s fleet includes anchor handling, towing, and supply vessels; fast supply vessels; platform supply vessels; specialty vessels, including towing and oil response; and small anchor handling, towing, and supply vessels. GulfMark also offers management services to other vessel owners. As of April 27, 2011, its active fleet included 74 owned vessels and 15 managed vessels. It primarily serves integrated oil and natural gas compani es, large independent oil and natural gas exploration and production companies working in international markets, and foreign government-owned or controlled oil and natural gas companies, as well as companies that provide logistics, construction, and other services to such oil and natural gas companies and foreign government organizations. The company primarily operates in the North Sea, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. GulfMark Offshore, Inc. was founded in 1996 and is based in Houston, Texas.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Rich Smith]
Houston-based GulfMark Offshore (NYSE: GLF ) has a new CFO.
On Monday, the marine transport company announced that when current Chief Financial Officer Quintin Kneen takes office as president and CEO on Tuesday, James (Jay) M. Mitchell will become the company's new executive vice president and CFO.
- [By Traders Reserve]
For investors who want a piece of this developing trend, Transocean and Seadrill are two of the bigger players in this arena. Other offshore drillers/rig operators are Noble (NE) and Ensco (ESV). Companies that provide services to offshore drillers and benefit from increases in exploration and drilling activity are Gulfmark Offshore (GLF), Hornbeck (HOS), Seacor (CKH) and Tidewater (TDW).
Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Watch For 2014: Manchester United PLC (MANU)
Manchester United plc, formerly Manchester United Ltd., incorporated on April 30, 2012, is engaged in the operations of professional sports team. It provides manchester united a platform to generate revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, new media & mobile, broadcasting and matchday. The Company had three principal sectors: Commercial, Broadcasting and Matchday.
Within the Commercial revenue sector, the Company had three revenue streams which include sponsorship revenue; retail, merchandising, apparel and product licensing revenue; and new media and mobile revenue. Retail, Merchandising, Apparel and Product Licensing, it markets and sells sports apparel, training and leisure wear and other clothing featuring the Manchester United brand on a global basis. In addition, it also sells other licensed products, from coffee mugs to bed spreads, featuring the Manchester United brand and trademarks. These products are distributed through Manchester United branded retail centers and e-commerce platforms, as well as its partners' wholesale distribution channels.
The Company retails, merchandizes, apparel & product licensing business is managed by Nike, who pays it a minimum guaranteed amount and a share of the business' cumulative profits. It has formed mobile telecom partnerships in 44 countries. In addition, it markets content directly to its followers through its Website, www.manutd.com, and associated mobile properties.
The Company generates revenue from distribution and broadcasting of live football content. Broadcasting revenue is derived from the global television rights relating to the Premier League, Champions League and other competitions. In addition, its global television channel, MUTV, delivers Manchester United programming to 54 countries around the world. Broadcasting includes all revenue covering domestic and international television and radio rights. Broadc! asting revenue including, in some cases, prize money received by it in respect of the various competitions.
The Company generates revenue during the matchday from the Old Trafford, a sports venue.
Other Matchday revenue includes matchday catering, event parking, program sales as well as membership and travel, Manchester United Museum revenue and a share of the ticket revenue from away matches in domestic cup competitions. Matchday revenue also includes revenue from other events hosted at Old Trafford, including other sporting events (including football matches as part of the London 2012 Olympic Games and the annual Rugby Super League Grand Final), music concerts and entertainment events.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Rich Smith]
This series, brought to you by Yahoo! Finance, looks at which upgrades and downgrades make sense and which ones investors should act on. Today, our headlines feature upgrades for mini-industrialist Stratasys (NASDAQ: SSYS ) �and for remote computer access specialist LogMeIn (NASDAQ: LOGM ) but a downgrade for publicly traded soccer club Manchester United (NYSE: MANU ) . Let's take them one at a time, beginning with...
- [By Eric Volkman]
Manchester United (NYSE: MANU ) footballers will soon be wearing Aon's (NYSE: AON ) name on their jerseys, after the two companies completed a long-term expansion to their sponsorship deal. Starting from July 1, the club's training facility is to be renamed the Aon Training Complex, and its distinctive jerseys will carry the Aon logo.
Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Watch For 2014: Zalicus Inc.(ZLCS)
Zalicus Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery and development of drug candidates focusing on the treatment of pain and inflammation. The company?s clinical and preclinical product candidates for pain and inflammatory diseases include Synavive, a glucocorticoid product candidate, which is in Phase 2b clinical development for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; Z160, an N-type calcium channel blocker for chronic pain; Z944, a T-type calcium channel blocker to treat acute or chronic inflammatory pain; and N-type and T-type calcium and sodium channel blockers for the treatment of chronic pain. It has a research collaboration and license agreement with the Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research; collaboration agreement with Mallinckrodt Inc., Fovea Pharmaceuticals SA, and Amgen Inc; and a cooperative research and development agreement with the United States Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases. The company was formerly known as C ombinatoRx, Incorporated and changed its name to Zalicus Inc. in September 2010. Zalicus Inc. was founded in 2000 and is based in Cambridge, Massachusetts.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One biopharmaceutical player that's quickly moving within range of triggering a major breakout trade is Zalicus (ZLCS), which discovers and develops treatments for patients suffering from pain and immuno-inflammatory diseases. This stock has been destroyed by the bears over the last three months, with shares down by a whopping 81%.
If you take a look at the chart for Zalicus, you'll notice that this stock gapped down sharply lower during last November, with shares falling from $4.83 to under $1.50 a share with heavy downside volume. Following that gap down, shares of ZLCS have tag a new low of 88 cents per share. This stock has now started to trend sideways over the last few weeks, with shares moving between $1.05 on the downside and $1.43 on the upside. Shares of ZLCS are spiking sharply higher today and taking out some near-term overhead resistance at $1.22 a share. That move is quickly pushing this stock within range of triggering a major breakout trade.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in ZLCS if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance levels at $1.22 to $1.43 a share, and then once it clears its gap down day high of $1.45 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above those levels with volume that hits near or above its three-month average volume of 1.70 million shares. If that breakout hits soon, then ZLCS will set up to re-fill some of its previous gap down zone from last November that started at $4.83 a share. This stock could easily hit $2 to $2.50 a share if it gets into that gap with volume.
Traders can look to buy ZLCS off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right around some key near-term support at $1.05 a share. One can also buy ZLCS off strength once it starts to take out those breakout levels with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
- [By Bryan Murphy]
The hot and cold cycle for Zalicus Inc. (NASDAQ:ZLCS) continues to repeat itself. The fourth such turn of that wheel looks like it's getting ready to begin, and if this is one anything like the last three, ZLCS is due for a rally of anywhere between 25% to 50%. Traders who hop on that wave shouldn't tarry, however, because if the budding rally is anything like the last three, it's still only going to lead to a pullback about half the size of the gain. Still, a sizeable double-digit gain isn't bad for a few days' worth of work.
Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Watch For 2014: OSI Systems Inc.(OSIS)
OSI Systems, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, designs and manufactures electronic systems and components for homeland security, healthcare, defense, and aerospace markets worldwide. The company operates in three divisions: Security, Healthcare, and Optoelectronics and Manufacturing. The Security division provides security and inspection systems under the Rapiscan Systems name. Its products include baggage and parcel inspection, cargo and vehicle inspection, hold baggage screening, and people screening products to search for weapons, explosives, drugs, and other contraband, as well as for the verification of cargo manifests for monitoring the export and import of controlled materials. This division also offers various turn-key security screening solutions under the S2 trade name. The Healthcare division provides patient monitoring, diagnostic cardiology, and anesthesia delivery and ventilation systems under the Spacelabs name that are used in critical care, emergency, and perioperative areas within hospitals, as well as physician?s offices, medical clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers. The Optoelectronics and Manufacturing division offers optoelectronic devices for the aerospace and defense, avionics, medical imaging and diagnostic, renewable energy, biochemistry analysis, pharmaceutical, nanotechnology, telecommunications, construction, and homeland security markets under the OSI Optoelectronics name; and electronics manufacturing services to original equipment manufacturers under the OSI Electronics name. This division also provides laser-based remote sensing devices to detect and classify vehicles in toll and traffic management systems under the OSI Laserscan name; blood pressure cuffs and unifusors under the Statcorp Medical name; and solid-state laser products for aerospace, defense, telecommunication, and medical applications under the OSI LaserDiode trade name. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Hawthorne, California.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By John Udovich]
Small cap security stocks Analogic Corporation (NASDAQ: ALOG), OSI Systems, Inc (NASDAQ: OSIS) and View Systems Inc (OTCBB: VSYM) all aid Big Brother to keep us safe with security inspection systems intended for airports and other public�places rather than equipment to just spy on us. Moreover, the security inspection systems market is global and massive as its not just about detecting potential hijackers at airports as such systems can be used to fight or prevent crime. With that thought in mind, here is a look at three small cap security inspection system stocks:
- [By Seth Jayson]
Margins matter. The more OSI Systems (Nasdaq: OSIS ) keeps of each buck it earns in revenue, the more money it has to invest in growth, fund new strategic plans, or (gasp!) distribute to shareholders. Healthy margins often separate pretenders from the best stocks in the market. That's why we check up on margins at least once a quarter in this series. I'm looking for the absolute numbers, so I can compare them to current and potential competitors, and any trend that may tell me how strong OSI Systems's competitive position could be.
- [By Stephen Quickel]
We are also adding two previously successful technology picks: Skyworks Solutions (SWKS), a supplier of analog and mixed signal semiconductors, and OSI Systems (OSIS), a specialist in mission-critical electronic systems and components.
- [By James E. Brumley]
For tech-savvy investors who know which companies make them, when they hear the words "weapons detection" or "body scanners", they tend to think of companies like American Science & Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASEI) and OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS). And well they should. OSIS and ASEI are two of the biggest North American providers of the kind of equipment you might see being used by airport security personnel screening passengers before allowing them to their gate. There's just one challenge in the average school system tapping OSI Systems or American Science & Engineering to help defend their school grounds.... their hardware starts with a six-figure price tag, and rapidly works its way up to higher-capacity and more powerful versions. For a school with multiple doors, it's simply not feasible. View Systems Inc. is a viable alternative.
Best Healthcare Equipment Stocks To Watch For 2014: HSBC USA Inc (LSC)
HSBC USA Inc.( HSBC USA), incorporated on September 26, 1973, is a is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. (HSBC North America), which is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of HSBC Holdings plc (HSBC). HSBC USA�� principal business is to act as a holding company for its subsidiaries. The Company operates in four reportable segments: Retail Banking and Wealth Management (RBWM) (formerly Personal Financial Services), Commercial Banking (CMB), Global Banking and Markets and Private Banking (PB). In January 2011, the Company acquired Halbis Capital Management (USA) Inc (Halbis), an asset management business, from an affiliate, Halbis Capital Management (UK) Ltd. In April 2011, the Company completed the sale of its European Banknotes Business.
Through its subsidiaries, the Company offers a comprehensive range of personal and commercial banking products and related financial services. HSBC Bank USA, National Association (HSBC Bank USA), its principal United States (U.S) banking subsidiary, is a national banking association with banking branch offices and/or representative offices in 14 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to its domestic offices, the Company maintains foreign branch offices, subsidiaries and/or representative offices in the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, Latin America and Canada. Its customers include individuals, including net worth individuals, small businesses, corporations, institutions and governments. The Company also engages in mortgage banking and serve as an international dealer in derivative instruments denominated in U.S. dollars and other currencies, focusing on structuring of transactions to meet client�� needs.
Retail Banking and Wealth Management Segment
The Company Through its 461 branches (115 of which are in New York City), RBWM provides banking and wealth products and services, including personal loans, MasterCard and Visa credit card loans, deposits, branch services and financi! al planning products and services such as mutual funds, investments and insurance.
Commercial Banking Segment
The Company's Commercial banking Segment serves the growing number of united States companies that are increasingly in need of international banking and financial products and services as well as foreign companies in need of United States products and services. Commercial Banking offers comprehensive domestic and international services and banking, insurance and investment products to companies, government entities and non-profit organizations, with a particular emphasis on geographical collaboration to meet the banking needs of its international business customers. Commercial banking provides loan and deposit products, payments and cash management services, merchant services, trade and supply chain, corporate finance, global markets and risk advisory products and services to small businesses and middle-market corporations, including specialized products such as real estate financing. Commercial banking also offers various credit and trade related products such as standby facilities, performance guarantees and acceptances
Global Banking and Markets Segment
The Company�� Global Banking and Markets business segment supports HSBC�� emerging markets-led and financing-focused global strategy by leveraging HSBC Group advantages and scale, strength in developed and emerging markets and Global Markets products in order to focus on delivering international products to the United States clients and local products to international clients, with New York as the hub for the Americas business, including Canada and Latin America. Global Banking and Markets provides tailored financial solutions to government, corporate and institutional clients as well as private investors worldwide.Managed as a global business, Global Banking and Markets clients are served by sector-focused teams that bring together relationship managers and product specialists to dev! elop fina! ncial solutions that meet individual client needs.
Private Banking Segment
The Company�� private banking provides private banking and trustee services to high net worth individuals and families with local and international needs. Accessing the suitable products from the marketplace, private bank works with its clients to offer both traditional and new ways to manage and preserve wealth while optimizing returns. Private bank offers a range of wealth management and specialist advisory services, including banking, liquidity management, investment services, custody services, tailored lending, wealth planning, trust and fiduciary services, insurance, family wealth and philanthropy advisory services.Advisors' Opinion:
- [By DCResearch]
The opportunity exists because the once-thriving secondary/tertiary life settlement market has been all but abandoned by institutional investors, scared off by litigious insurers like Phoenix and a lack of manufactured policies. My research indicates that this undue pessimism towards life settlement contracts (LSC) has begun to reverse itself, or has at least stabilized. Investors who are far smarter than me are snapping up contracts and policies, seeking to capitalize on the uncorrelated, and excessive, IRRs. These investors seem to agree with our thesis that life settlements should outperform most other asset classes over a long enough time period.