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A Very Big BTK January

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We all heard reports that January was a great start to 2012 for the stock market, and even more so for Biotech. But how big was it, really? The Amex Biotech Index (the “BTK“) had its biggest January on record, since 1992, with a +21% pop: The companies behind the numbers? The Nasdaq Biotech Index was up 11%, the best in a decade. The January 2000 jump of 15% is still a tough month to beat Read More >

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The BTK buyout

Remember this BTK post we wrote back  in February of 2010?  Well, we thought it was time to revisit the makeup of the BTK index (NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index).  Five of  the 20 companies that comprised the index in February of last year have either been acquired or are facing acquisition.  That means 25% of the entire index has been snapped up in a little over a year (Table 1). Millipore (MIL) and OSI Pharmaceuticals (OSIP) acquired in 2010 by Merck KGaA and Astellas, respectively, have already Read More >

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Biotech Sector Performance Update 1H 2010

In my last update back in April, the broadest Biotech index (the 125 company Nasdaq Biotech Index, NBI) was up 11% for the year and ahead of just about every major sector. One quarter later things look a little different. The NBI is now down 5% and trailing 4 of the 10 S&P sectors (chart 1): However, the spotlight continues to shine on the AMEX Biotech Index (BTK). The BTK is up 8.6% for the Read More >

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1Q 2010 – All Time High for the BTK

The first quarter of 2010 saw the Amex Biotech Index (BTK) hit another all time high, thanks largely to Intermune’s (ITMN) jump of 240% and OSI’s (OSIP) gain of 92%. (Intermune received a positive recommendation from an FDA panel for pirfenidone, and OSI’s stock moved on the $3.5B hostile bid from Astellas.) The Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) climbed to its highest in over eight years. Both of these biotech indices are up since the financial Read More >

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BTK – A Decade of Change

Do you ever wonder what is really behind the often quoted BTK index (“NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index”)? Especially if it is the index you compare your own company’s stock with on a long term chart? If you compare your favorite biotech with the BTK over a 10 year period, here is what you are up against: CHANGE. When the last decade started, in the peak of the genomics bubble, the BTK was made up of Read More >

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