November 24, 2018 10:13am
Upside strength was dollar strong but downside weakness was cents weak
Volume says it all: 0 out of 27 upside had higher (than the 3 month average) volume and 2 out of 17 downside experienced greater volume (than the 3 month average).
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Some have stated, “I am the “weatherman” of the sector; forecasting and presenting conditions of the sector in a given period.”
RMi’s daily report may say little or a lot and its final judgement may be inconclusive; yet it serves as insurance that all indications are being examined and evaluated.
Daily analytics and metrics:
- The Dow closed DOWN -178.74 or -0.73% to 24,285.95
- The S&P closed DOWN -17.37 points or -0.66% to 2,632.56
- The NASDAQ was DOWN -33.27 points or -0.48% to 6,938.98
From the pre-open newsletter: “a Black Friday for the sector with the NYSE and NASDAQ markets closing at 1 p.m. Is there a return policy for any of today’s low volume actions?”
The advance/decline line scenario of 45 covered companies:
- The open was positive with an A/DL of 31/7 and 7 flats;
- The close was positive with an A/DL of 2717 and 1 flat;
I had stated, “I don’t expect MUCH from an abbreviated session and IF dips, slips and flips occur – they will be retraced by next week!”
Daily sector metrics:
… Greatest volume to the downside: HSGX, SGMO, MDXG, AST and XON
… Upside volume was weighted to: ADRO, VSTM, ONCE. IONS and CRSP
… Weakness ($) to the downside: RARE (-$0.35), BLCM (-$28), QURE (-$0.25), BCLI (-$0.12), and SLDB (-$0.16)
… Best moves ($) to the upside: BLUE (+$5.28), SAGE (+$3.35), RGNX (+$1.16), ALNY (+$0.66) and ONCE (+$0.62)
… The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology (IBB) closed:
- Friday was up +0.40% after NOT indicating in the pre-market;
- Thursday was a holiday;
- Wednesday was up +0.61% after indicating a POSITIVE +0.02% UPSIDE in the pre-market;
- Tuesday was down -0.60% after indicating a NEGATIVE -0.47% DOWNSIDE in the pre-market;
- Monday was down -2.14% after indicating a NEGATIVE -0.22% DOWNSIDE in the pre-market;
- Last Friday was up +0.86% after indicating a POSITIVE +0.14% UPSIDE in the pre-market;
Sector equities jumped on extremely LOW volume on Friday as some of the most popular RegMed shares were up – BLUE (+$5.28), SAGE (+$3.35) and RGNX (+$1.16) as compared to those who fell – RARE (-$0.35), BLCM (-$0.28) and QURE (-$0.25) as volatility weighed on these equities.
For the week, the major indexes all dropped more than 3 percent. They also had their biggest loss for a Thanksgiving week since 2011.
Reiterating, “RegMed stocks have featured prominently in recent equity weakness; but I think it's important to discriminate within “our” universe. The weakness is being driven by the lack of clinical data to justify many shares pricing, but the outlook for the sector is less than hearty!”
The "bully pulpit":
Athersys (ATHX) closed up +$0.01 on Friday after Wednesday’s +$0.11 to $1.99 after Tuesday’s-$0.04 or -2.08% after Monday’s -$0.09 killing any of last week’s downs;
BioLife Solutions (BLFS) has gained again another +$0.30 after Tuesday’s +$0.42 and Monday’s drop of -$0.97 or -8.82% to $10.03;
Brainstorm Cell Therapy (BCLI) closed down -$0.17 after Wednesday’s +$0.08 after Tuesday’s +$0.02 after Monday’s +$0.02 to $3.17 after reporting a NEW (?) IND in a second indication - progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). BCLI plans to initiate a P2 study for progressive MS, expanding NurOwn beyond amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, pivotal P3 ongoing). WHY not get their first indication’s data – they’re always LOW on cash …?
Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) closed up again +$0.55 after Wednesday’s +$0.98 to $33.99 after being maligned by this market post their “earnings” call closing FLAT ($33.01) on Tuesday after Monday’s flip -$3.30 or -9.09% to $33.01;
MiMedx (MDXG closed down again -$0.08 after Wednesday’s -$0.29 to $3.26 after Tuesday’s-$0.40 or -10.13% after Monday’s +$1.40 or +54.9% and its fellow past criminal Osiris (OSIR) closed up +$0.09 after Wednesday’s -$0.04 or -0.38% after Monday’s +$0.26 or +2.51 have taken-on a life of their own under the legal sword of legal Damocles. One question is Vericel (VCEL) closed up again +$0.15 after Wednesday’s +$0.04 after Tuesday’s +$0.02 after Monday’s -$0.36 or -2.12% being judged by the same ruler <they’re selling-into comparable markets). Let’s hope they’re NOT into STUFFING the channel!
Verastem (VSTM) barely bounced +$0.01 after Wednesday’s +$0.12 to $5.16 after taking a hits with Tuesday’s-$0.15 or -2.89% after Monday’s -$0.22 or 4.07% to $5.04. Oversold spread its share pricing wings – but, is there a management credibility issue?
Friday's night’s percentage (%) indicators:
Review the range of the 27 upside from +0.08% (FATE) to +5.17% (BSTG) while the 17 downside ranged from -09.8% (CUR) to -6.26% (BLCM) with a 1 flat close (RENE.L).
0 out of 27 upside had higher (than the 3 month average) volume
2 out of 17 downside experienced greater volume (than the 3 month average).
Friday’s abbreviated session closed POSITIVE with 17 decliners, 27 advancers and 1 flat;
Thursday was a holiday
Wednesday closed POSITIVE with 8 decliners, 37 advancers and 0 flat;
Tuesday closed NEGATIVE with 29 decliners, 14 advancers and 2 flat;
Monday closed NEGATIVE with 37 decliners, 7 advancers and 1 flat;
Friday closed POSITIVE with 14 decliners, 28 advancers and 3 flat;
Thursday closed POSITIVE with 12 decliners, 33 advancers and 0 flat;
Wednesday closed NEGATIVE with 36 decliners, 7 advancers and 2 flats;
Tuesday closed NEUTRAL with 21 decliners, 21 advancers and 3 flats;
Monday closed NEGATIVE with 40 decliners, 4 advancers and 1 flat;
Friday closed NEGATIVE with 39 decliners, 6 advancers and 0 flat;
Thursday closed NEGATIVE with 26 decliners, 19 advancers and 1 flat;
Wednesday closed POSITIVE with 12 decliners, 32 advancers and 1 flat;
Tuesday closed NEGATIVE with 22 decliners, 21 advancers and 2 flats;
Monday closed NEGATIVE with 35 decliners, 7 advancers and 3 flats;
Friday closed POSITIVE with 20 decliners, 22 advancers and 3 flats;
Thursday (11/1) closed POSITIVE with 3 decliners, 42 advancers and 0 flat
- In 23 sessions in October – there were 17 negative closes and 6 positive closes
- In 19 sessions in September – there were 10 negative closes and 9 positive close;
- In 21 August sessions – 6 had negative and 15 had positive closes
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Henry McCusker, the editor and publisher of RegMed Investors does not hold or have positions in securities referred to in this publication.