Top Earnings Beats For the Week Ending November 10 2017

Below are the top earnings and/or revenue beats for the week ending November 10, 2017. The table below is sorted by the biggest beats in descending order (at the top).
Continue reading “Top Earnings Beats For the Week Ending November 10 2017”

AMN Healthcare Services Pocket Pivot and Rising Large Players Volume

Strong technical setup with bullish sentiment from analysts. The company is also a strong seasonal play. The company was also recently ranked #11 on Fortune’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies list.

AMN Healthcare Services chart shows a beautiful setup with rising large players volume and a pocket pivot signal.

AMN Healthcare Services is also a good seasonal play. Over the next 10 weeks, AMN Healthcare Services has on average historically risen by 9.4% based on the past 15 years of stock performance. AMN Healthcare Services has risen higher in 12 of those 15 years over the next 10 week period, corresponding to a historical probability of 80%.
Continue reading “AMN Healthcare Services Pocket Pivot and Rising Large Players Volume”

USANA Health Sciences Price Target Raised by Pivotal Research

Pivotal Research raised USANA Health Sciences price target to $80 from $70 which represents 16.4% upside from the current price of $68.70. Pivotal Research has a Buy rating on the stock.

The upgrade from Pivotal Research came after USANA Health Sciences reported its quarterly earnings results on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. The company reported EPS of $1.02 versus the consensus estimate of $0.91. Revenue also beat coming in at $261.77 million for the quarter, versus the consensus estimate of $259.52 million.
Continue reading “USANA Health Sciences Price Target Raised by Pivotal Research”

Exelixis Gets FDA Priority Review for Cabomteyx

The FDA has granted priority review for Exelixis Cabomteyx. The sNDA seeks approval of Cabometyx for patients with previously untreated advanced renal cell carcinoma (RCC). The FDA determined the sNDA to be sufficiently complete. This means an FDA approval decision will be made by Feb. 15, 2018.
Continue reading “Exelixis Gets FDA Priority Review for Cabomteyx”

USANA Health Sciences TMF Higher On Launch of New Products in Canada

USANA Health Sciences’ Twiggs Money Flow is rocketing higher on the launch of two new products in Canada.
Continue reading “USANA Health Sciences TMF Higher On Launch of New Products in Canada”

Cryoport Stock Gets Janney Montgomery Scott Price Target of $12

Cryoport stock received a price target hike from Janney Montgomery Scott to $12 which is 42% upside from the previous close of $8.45.

Cryoport provides cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through its packaging, information technology, and cold chain logistics expertise. The Company provides logistics solutions for biologic materials, such as immunotherapies, stem cells, chimeric antigen receptors (CAR)-T cells, and reproductive cells for clients.

If someone wants to ship something cryogenically using UPS, FedEx, or DHL, they are directed to Cryoport by these shipping companies.

A whopping 70% of Cryoport’s business comes from biopharma companies. About 15% comes from human reproduction needs and another 15% comes from animal health needs.
Continue reading “Cryoport Stock Gets Janney Montgomery Scott Price Target of $12”

Cerner Corporation Momentum Squeeze On Awesome Revenue Growth

The stock chart of Cerner Corporation shows a momentum squeeze candidate on excellent sales growth and new business from the Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS).

Cerner announced on June 21, 2017, that the Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) has selected Cerner’s HealtheIntent public health management platform to organize and manage care for its more than 12 million individual interactions every year across its facilities and clinically integrated network, Carolinas Physician Alliance (CPA).

HealtheIntent is intended to aggregate data in real-time from several sources to produce a single, comprehensive view of someone’s experiences throughout the continuum of health and care.

The objective is to equip medical professionals with a holistic and timely picture of a patient’s connections through CHS, in addition to provide system wide insights to ultimately improve quality of care and reduce costs for the entire CHS patient population.

Cerner Corporation Stock Chart

CERN presents a good setup pattern. Prices have been consolidating lately and a momentum squeeze has formed on the chart.

There is a resistance zone just above the current price starting at 68.32. Right above this resistance zone may be a good entry point in Cerner Corporation. There is a support zone below the current price at 67.04, a stop order could be placed below this zone.

GO HERE TO CHART LARGE PLAYERS AND THE TWIGGS MONEY FLOW LIKE THE CHART ABOVE… AWESOME TOOL

Centene Gets S&P Rating Upgrade to BB+ from BB

May 18, 2017: S&P raises Centene’s rating one notch to BB+ from BB with an outlook rating of stable. “The rating upgrade on Centene reflects the company’s continued successful execution of its growth and profitability initiatives since we assigned a positive outlook two years ago (in May 2015)”, said Julie Herman, S&P Global credit rating analyst. Herman continued, “As a result, we believe Centene has increasingly differentiated itself favorably from its closest peers Wellcare and Molina, both of which we rate BB/Stable.”

The stable outlook on Centene reflects our expectation that the company will maintain its strong competitive position in the managed Medicaid market while continuing to diversify its profile, particularly in Medicare and specialty services. Consistent with our base-case economic forecast, we expect the company to show revenue growth of 5%-15% over the next two years, with an EBIT ROR of about 2.5%-3.5%. We expect financial leverage to remain elevated but to continue to drop year over year, reaching below 40% over the next two years. We expect consolidated GAAP capitalization to improve year over year through earnings growth, but remain modestly deficient at ‘BBB’ over the next two years. However, we expect consolidated risk-based capital levels to remain around 350%.

April 25, 2017: Centene reports Q1 EPS of $1.12 adj versus the $1.06 estimate. Revenue also beat coming in at $11.7 billion versus the $11.4 billion estimate. Quarter-end at-risk managed care membership came in at 12.1 million or +5% YoY.

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 today that its Pennsylvania subsidiary, Pennsylvania Health & Wellness, has been selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services to serve Medicaid recipients enrolled in the HealthChoices program in three zones. Pending regulatory approval and successful completion of readiness review, the three-year agreement is expected to commence June 1, 2017. In April, Centene was originally selected to provide services in three zones for HealthChoices. Today’s award is in response to a re-issue of the HealthChoices award.

The Department completed an evaluation and scoring of the proposal and has selected Centene’s proposal for the Southeast Zone, the Southwest Zone, and the Lehigh Capital Zone of Pennsylvania. The HealthChoices program covers low-income children and families, individuals with disabilities, as well as those newly eligible under the Affordable Care Act expansion throughout the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to the Health Choices Medicaid award, Centene was previously selected under a separate contract by the departments of Human Services and Aging to serve enrollees in the Community HealthChoices program statewide, pending regulatory approval and successful completion of readiness review. Under this agreement, Pennsylvania Health & Wellness will coordinate physical health and long-term services and supports (LTSS), if needed, to enhance the quality of medical care and access to all appropriate services to more than 420,000 individuals who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, older Pennsylvanians and individuals with disabilities.

January 3, 2017: Piper Jaffray/Simmons initiates coverage of Centene Corporation with an Overweight rating, and sets a price target of $67.

December 20, 2016: JPMorgan Chase and Co initiates coverage of Centene Corporation with an Overweight rating, and sets a price target of $75. JPMorgan also added Centene to its Analyst Focus List saying that while Republican “repeal/replace” efforts present some risk to both the Medicaid RPF pipeline and current Obamacare-population earnings, they believe the current valuation is more than discounting that risk.

Centene Corporation, a Fortune 500 company, is a diversified, multi-national healthcare enterprise that provides a portfolio of services to government-sponsored healthcare programs, focusing on under-insured and uninsured individuals.

Many receive benefits provided under Medicaid, including the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), as well as Aged, Blind or Disabled (ABD), Foster Care and Long Term Care (LTC), in addition to other state-sponsored/hybrid programs and Medicare (Special Needs Plans). The Company operates local health plans and offers a range of health insurance solutions. It also contracts with other healthcare and commercial organizations to provide specialty services including behavioral health management, care management software, correctional healthcare services, dental benefits management, in-home health services, life and health management, managed vision, pharmacy benefits management, specialty pharmacy and telehealth services.

Sell Catalyst Pharmaceuticals For a 47% Gain

April 16, 2017: Sell Catalyst Pharmaceuticals for a 47% gain in 60 days and congratulations if you made money on the trade.

January 4, 2017: The popular SeekingAlpha blogger Hawkinvest, with over 5,000 followers, posted a positive article on Catalyst Pharmaceuticals today that got the stock moving higher. Hawkinvest writes

Biotech and healthcare stocks underperformed in 2016 and that means this is a sector that could offer value and rebound potential in 2017. With all of this in mind, I have been looking for “hidden gems” in the biotech sector. I have recently found a couple of very interesting investment opportunities that offer an excellent risk to reward ratio and one of the stocks I am bullish on now is Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc

Catalyst Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, focuses on the development and commercialization of therapies for people with rare debilitating diseases. Its lead product candidate is Firdapse, a proprietary form of amifampridine phosphate, which completed Phase III clinical trial for the treatment of patients with Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic syndrome; and is in small blinded clinical trial to treat Congenital Myasthenic syndromes, as well as is in Phase II/III clinical trial for the treatment of MuSK-antibody positive myasthenia gravis.

Sell Exact Sciences For a 55% Win!

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 so my sell signals are always going to come later.

March 2, 2017: A study from Exact Sciences Corp. and Mayo Clinic released today by the American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) shows promise for the development of a blood-based lung cancer test. Researchers conducted a multi-round study of nearly 400 patients, which demonstrated high accuracy for detecting lung cancer at all stages.

AACR released an abstract of the study today, ahead of the presentation of the results on April 2, 2017, during the AACR 2017 annual meeting. The findings from the study of 398 patients (311 controls and 87 cancers) demonstrate that biomarkers in plasma achieved high accuracy for all types and stages of lung cancer. Using two independent regression modeling approaches, a panel of four novel methylated DNA markers demonstrated a sensitivity of 91-96 percent at a specificity of 90-94 percent.

More studies are needed to corroborate accuracy, however, this plasma DNA test approach appears to be a promising new method and may serve as a rational follow-up to the common findings of lung nodules on CT scanning and may have application in screening for lung cancer.

February 21, 2017: Roth Capital raised Exact Sciences to Buy from Neutral and set a price target of $26. The price target was raised to $26 from $15. Roth Capital says Exact Sciences announced Q4 revenues in-line with its pre-announcement beat driven by strong volumes and higher ASPs, and unveiled 2017 guidance above expectations.

February 5, 2017: On February 2, 2017, Exact Sciences announced that Cologuard® is included in the Medicare Advantage Advance Notice and Draft Call letter. Cologuard’s inclusion in the final Star Ratings will allow Medicare Advantage plans to increase their Star Rating when patients complete Exact Sciences’ non-invasive colon cancer screening test.

Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences said, “The proposed inclusion of Cologuard in the Star Ratings program is an important step toward it becoming a standard of care for colon cancer screening. Health insurers would be eligible to receive Medicare Advantage Star Rating quality credit when their members are screened using Cologuard.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Advantage Star Ratings are directly impacted by the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS). The HEDIS quality measures were updated by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) on October 3, 2016, to include Cologuard on an every three-year screening schedule. CMS’s proposal to broaden the colorectal cancer screening quality measure is subject to a 60-day public comment period. The proposal aligns the Star Ratings with the HEDIS quality ratings and the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, the American Cancer Society and others. Just as HEDIS 2017 quality measures are used to audit and report the 2016 performance of providers and health systems, the Stars Ratings use the HEDIS data to calculate the quality performance of Medicare Advantage plans.

January 8, 2017: Exact Sciences guides Q4 revenue from $34.9 million to $35.4 million versus the $29.5 million estimate. Q4 saw the completion of approximately 82,000 Cologuard tests during the fourth quarter of 2016, which represents growth of 114 percent from the same period of 2015.

More than 9,500 health care providers ordered Cologuard for the first time during the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 2016. The number of providers who have ordered Cologuard since it was launched increased to nearly 60,000 during 2016, an increase of 122 percent from the prior year.

Insurance coverage of Cologuard expanded by 67 percent during 2016. Coverage has increased by 62 million lives since June 2016, when Cologuard was included in the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force’s final colorectal cancer screening recommendations. More than 163 million people are in health plans that cover Cologuard as of January 6, 2017.

January 5, 2017: Exact Sciences announced that the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s (BCBSA) Center for Clinical Effectiveness “Evidence Street” recently released a positive review of Cologuard to its members. BCBSA is a national federation of 36 Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies that insure one in three Americans. This continues the positive momentum for Cologuard, as coverage increased by 67 percent in 2016 and nearly 163 million Americans are now in health plans that cover the non-invasive colorectal cancer screening option. The BCBSA’s Center for Clinical Effectiveness is an organization that assesses the effectiveness of medical devices, procedures, and biological products through comprehensive reviews and clinical evidence. The Evidence Street assessment follows other positive reviews of Cologuard, which is now included in the recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, and the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. This assessment is influential for association members and non-members who look to the Center for Clinical Effectiveness for guidance. BCBSA does not endorse specific companies or products nor make coverage decisions.

December 12, 2016: Exact Sciences announced today under a recently-signed contract, Humana Inc. agreed to cover Cologuard as an in-network service for its members, effective January 1, 2017. Under terms of the agreement, Cologuard will be available to most Humana beneficiaries with no co-pay. Humana covers nearly 10 million recipients and is the nation’s fifth-largest commercial insurer.

With Humana’s inclusion of Cologuard as an in-network service, the test is now covered by a cross-section of health plans nationwide with more than 153 million members. This is an increase of more than 50 million members since June 2016 when Cologuard was included as an A-rated service in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. More than 68 percent of Cologuard’s addressable population are enrolled in plans that cover the test.

Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on colorectal cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its non-invasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Stool-based DNA technology is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer.