March 22, 2017: OPKO Pharmaceuticals LLC, a subsidiary of OPKO Health, Inc. announces that the Company has received orphan drug designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Office of Orphan Products Development for OPKO’s oligonucleotide-based AntagoNAT (CUR-1916) for the treatment of Dravet Syndrome. Currently, there is no approved treatment for Dravet Syndrome in (Read More….)
March 22, 2017: Medtronic Inc announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and U.S. launch of the CoreValve(TM) Evolut(TM) PRO valve for the treatment of severe aortic stenosis for symptomatic patients who are at high or extreme risk for open heart surgery. The approval comes on the heels of new 30-day clinical data that (Read More….)
March 4, 2017: Sell Exact Sciences for a 55% win in 37 days. Congratulations if you were able to make money on the trade and always remember to sell your positions before you get the sell alert from me. I review more than 200 open stock positions over the weekend when I have time and (Read More….)
The Department of Veterans Affairs is on the cutting edge of IoT medical devices. This is great news for medical device stocks and more specifically telehealth companies like Koninklijke Philips (PHG), Teladoc (TDOC), Medtronic (MDT), and more.
Below is Susan Perez with the Department of Veterans Affairs talking about how IoT and medical devices a (Read More….)
February 22, 2017: Bellicum Pharmaceuticals announced updated clinical results of the BP-004 study. To date, 122 pediatric patients have undergone treatment with BPX-501. Investigators reported on 91 patients with 100 days of follow-up, 73 patients with six months, and 45 patients with more than one year of follow-up. Genetic blood diseases (n=54) include SCID (Severe (Read More….)
February 16, 2017: AMN Healthcare Services reports Q4 EPS of $0.62 versus the $0.55 estimate. Revenue also beat coming in at $487.9 million versus the $477 million estimate. Adjusted EBITDA came in at $60.9 million which is up +29.9% YoY.
January 22, 2017: Benchmark Company initiates coverage of AMN AMN Healthcare with a Buy (Read More….)
February 7, 2017: Centene reports Q4 EPS of $1.19 versus the $1.12 estimate. Revenue also beat coming in at $11.9 billion versus the $10.9 billion estimate. Quarter-end at-risk managed care membership came in at 11.44 million versus 5.1 million last year representing an increase of 223% YoY, nice!
January 5, 2017: Centene Corporation announced (Read More….)
February 6, 2017: Mylan stock got my attention today because the stock climbed on the news that Mylan has to pay $96.5 million in settlement of the Provigil antitrust class action suit. The settlement covers allegations that Mylan delayed launching its generic version of Cephalon narcolepsy drug Provigil in exchange for payment from Cephalon. The (Read More….)
January 25, 2017: Jefferies reiterates TherapeuticsMD with a Buy rating and a price target of $18. Jefferies says that the investor tour of local compounding pharmacy provided unique insights into ‘001 market opportunity and reinforced our view that the bioidentical E+P VMS market is at a minimum 5.1M scrips or $714-$893M in sales (assumes 100% (Read More….)
January 18, 2017: Fusion Telecommunications announced that it has signed a three year, $100,000 contract with a resource optimization and business process software company in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area. The company’s software solutions help some of the world’s largest enterprises and government agencies identify the projects or resources that drive the most return on (Read More….)
January 17, 2017: Avondale Partners raised McKesson to Market Outperform from Market Perform.
January 17, 2017: McKesson agrees to $150 million settlement with DOJ over failure to report suspicious orders of drugs. The nationwide settlement requires McKesson to suspend sales of controlled substances from distribution centers in Colorado, Ohio, Michigan and Florida for multiple years. (Read More….)
January 10, 2017: Novo Nordisk A/S B announces marketing authorization granted by European Commission for Fiasp for treatment of diabetes in adults. Novo Nordisk expects to launch Fiasp in the first European countries in the first half of 2017. The authorisation covers all 28 European Union member states.
Fiasp is the brand name for fast-acting (Read More….)
January 4, 2017: Seeing heavy call activity in Alexion Pharmaceuticals: 2,000 Aug $140 calls traded at $12.80. I wonder if the heavy call activity has anything to do with the takeover rumors that were circulating on December 20, 2016, about Alexion Pharmaceuticals?
December 22, 2016: Leerink defending Alexion Pharmaceuticals; Reiterates outperform rating and price target (Read More….)
December 27, 2016: The Ensign Group acquired the underlying real estate of fifteen assisted living operations located throughout Wisconsin. An Ensign subsidiary has been operating each facility since August 2015 under a lease with a purchase option.
The CEO said, “With our ownership of this real estate, we are excited about deepening our commitment to (Read More….)
Hillary Clinton and Democrats promised to wage war on pharmaceutical companies and do things like price controls on drugs and products of the biotechnology industry.
In California, there was a ballot measure to impose price controls on the sale of pharmaceutical drugs in the state.
Both Hillary Clinton’s probability of winning, and California’s (Read More….)
We have enough data to say that inflation is finally trending higher.
In case you are wondering why inflation moving higher is important, please review this.
The less volatile sticky CPI confirms the uptrend.
ObamaCare has exploded the cost of medical care higher.
Medical care commodities, which are prescription and (Read More….)
ObamaCare has created massive shortages within the healthcare sector. In cities, it is common to wait many hours before being seen as hospitals have a shortage of beds. Doctors have stopped taking new patients as they are overwhelmed by the numbers of people coming to see them. Let’s examine what happened from a macroeconomics perspective.
As wages rise, more and more business owners are turning to machines instead of human labor. President Obama and Democrats have spent the last 8 years replacing high-paying jobs in the manufacturing sector with low-paying jobs in the services and health care sectors. But in all fairness, both Republicans and Democrats are to blame for (Read More….)
Last week was the biggest IPO week of the year with four companies launched. Next week could be even more significant as six companies are on the IPO calendar.
The IPO market is looking healthy. Below is a chart of the Renaissance IPO Index which is a market-cap-weighted basket of newly public companies.
The (Read More….)
Pension funds in the US could be close to a collapse. There is an estimated $1.9 trillion shortfall in U.S. state and local pension funds because of low-interest rates and a sideways US stock market. Even stocks falling overseas is a problem for pension funds.
Credit Suisse published the chilling chart below on the funding (Read More….)
Sector rotation is flashing a big red warning signal that the post-Brexit bounce could be over as soon as next week. Before I show you the S&P 500 with a Sector Rotation Model overlay, let’s briefly review the concept of sector rotation.
Sector rotation can be helpful in determining what the S&P 500 is likely (Read More….)