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Word on the Street – Biotech Stocks Only Have Room to Go Up

The Opening Lunch Plenary at this year’s BIO CEO & Investor Conference was a lively discussion between portfolio managers and senior buy-side analysts looking to forecast the year ahead in biotech. BIO’s own, Celia Economides, Director, Investor Relations & Programs, reminded us all where we were 15 years ago at the inception of this event. At the 1999 event, there were 18 presenting companies, zero 1X1 meetings scheduled and 271 attendees.  As of day one, Read More >

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Indices, IPOs, and New Drug Approvals – Update April 3rd 2012

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1. Stock Performance. The Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) continued to outperform in March, maintaining its Year-to-Date (YTD) lead of 18% vs. 12% for the S&P 500. Concentrated portfolios holding Amlyin, Regeneron, and Illumina came out even higher. For example, the Amex Biotech Index (BTK) is up 29% this year mainly because it held concentrated positions in these names. Amylin (ALMN) has doubled on the FDA approval for Bydureon and post-approval buy-out rumors. Illumina (ILMN) is up 72% Read More >

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Sizing up the NBI in 2011

How did the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index (NBI) perform in 2011 relative to other sectors? Second place. Not so bad considering 2011 was the year of defense in the stock market. Like a page out of a textbook on defensive market plays, utilities edged out ahead with a +15% gain, followed by consumer staples with 11%. The NBI squeezed in between at 12%, just above the overall healthcare sector. Overall, the S&P500 was flat for the Read More >

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