March 12, 2020 4:42pm
Q4 and FY19 “numbers” are being “masked” by the motion and impact of coronavirus pricing disruption – thank electronic trading and algorithms pursuing their capacity of emotionless profit taking
The sector is impossible to forecast although timely insights have line extensions within or to a volatile pricing universe
As the cell and gene therapy sector runs out of buyers, it runs into trouble (just like a fire that runs out of wood)
The Dow closed DOWN – 2352.27 points (-9.99%), the S&P closed DOWN -260.66 points (-9.51%) while the NASDAQ closed DOWN – 750.25 points (-9.43%)
U.S. stocks suffered a -10% historic drop on Thursday!
- It got so bad, that trading was halted briefly after the open for 15 minutes as markets hit the mandated “circuit-breaker” threshold used by U.S. exchanges;
- Small-cap benchmark the Russell 2000 index cratered by -10.19%;
- The Cboe Volatility Index (VIX), widely considered the best fear gauge jumped +22.14 or +41.08% and hit its highest level since 2008;
- Yesterday, the Dow ended its historic 11-year bull market run by closing 20% decline from all-time highs;
- Mid-day, indexes dramatically cut losses after Fed announces new funding actions starting Fridays to buy long-tern treasuries;
- The Fed move only suppressed a decline with a temporary respite before selling resumed;
One winner today in the share pricing sweepstakes, was Pluristem (PSTI +0.19 or +6.57% to $3.08) on news of a signed collaborative agreement with the BIH Center for Regenerative Therapy (BCRT) and the Berlin Center for Advanced Therapies (BeCAT) at Charite’ University of Medicine Berlin to expand its existing framework and research agreement and conduct a joint project evaluating the therapeutic effects of PSTI’s patented PLX cell product candidates for potential treatment of the respiratory and inflammatory complications associated with the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The second was Aduro Biotech (ADRO +$0.08 or +2.39% TO $2.44) after Tuesday’s spiral of -16.3% following its earnings release on Monday. In fact, the stock has plunged 37.1% in the past year compared to the industry’s decrease of 12.5%.
Revenues of $3.6 M were up 31.7% year over year, primarily owing to recognition of an upfront payment received in 2019 under the collaboration with Eli Lilly LLY. Notably, in December 2018, ADRO entered into an exclusive collaboration and license agreement with pharma giant Eli Lilly to develop novel immunotherapies for autoimmune and other inflammatory diseases by leveraging its cGAS-STING inhibitor platform.
- Also, in January 2020, ADRO announced a corporate restructuring to extend its operating capital and align personnel with the execution of clinical development strategy. As part of this, the company trimmed its current workforce by 51 employees across the organization and expects to shut down its Europe headquarters in Oss, The Netherlands by the end of third-quarter 2020.
- For 2019, ADRO’s revenues of $17.3 M were up 14.4% year over year and the loss per share was $1.03 in 2019 compared with the loss of $1.21 in 2018.
- ADRO had $213.6 M worth of cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities as of Dec 31, 2019.
The sector has shown it is unprepared for continuous periods of uncertainty i.e. selling.
A question, where is buying from management teams at these bottom begging share prices?
Leaving investors stuck in punishing weeks of volatility which should/could continue.
The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology (IBB) and the SPDR S&P ETF (XBI) indicators:
- Thursday, the IBB closed down -8.85% and XBI closed down -10.89%
- Wednesday, the IBB closed down -5.34% and XBI closed down -5.79%
- Tuesday, the IBB closed up +2.31% and XBI closed up +2.26%
- Monday, the IBB closed down -6.80% and XBI closed down -8.06%
The advance/decline line scenario of 35 covered companies:
- Thursday, the close was negative with an A/D line of 2/33, 0 flat of 35 covered;
- Wednesday, the close was negative with an A/D line of 2/32, 1 flat of 35 covered;
- Tuesday, the close was positive with an A/D line of 24/10, 1 flat of 35 covered;
- Monday, the close was negative with an A/D line of 3/32, 0 flat of 35 covered;
Thursday’s (only 2) incliners:
- Aduro Biotech (ADRO +$0.08);
- Pluristem (PSTI+$0.19);
Thursday’s (lowest 5) decliners:
- bluebird bio (BLUE -$12.11 after Wednesday’s -$4.66);
- ReNeuron (RENE.L -$10.00);
- Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT -$8.97 after Wednesday’s -$6.89);
- Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY -$8.77 after Wednesday’s -$7.50 and Tuesday’s -$0.57);
- Sage Therapeutics (SAGE -$7.61 after Wednesday’s -$3.99);
The percentage (%) indicators:
- Thursday’s range of the 2-upside was +3.39% (ADRO) to +6.57% (PSTI) while the 33-downside ranged from -3.14% (BSTG) to -29.47% (BLFS);
- Wednesday’s range of the 2-upside was +1.25% (BLCM) to +2.94% (BSTG +$0.10) while the 32-downside ranged from -2.65% (CLBS) to -19.13% (MESO);
- Tuesday’s the range of the 24-upside was +0.27% (FIXX) to +21.04% (MESO) while the 10-downside ranged from -0.20% (STML) to -16.29% (ADRO);
- Monday’s the range of the 3-upside was +0.53% (BSTG) to +16.53% (BSTG +$0.02) while the 30-downside ranged from -3.02% (ALNY) to -22.31% (PGEN);
Upside volume stats: to compare
- Thursday: 1 out of the 2-upside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
- Wednesday: 0 out of the 2-upside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
- Tuesday: 11 out of the 24-upside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
- Monday: 2 out of the 3-upside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
Downside volume stats:
- Thursday: 26 out of the 33-downside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
- Wednesday: 20 out of the 32-downside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
- Tuesday: 5 out of the 10-downside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
- Monday: 24 out of the 32-downside had higher than the 3-month average volume;
Thursday closed negative with 33 decliners, 2 advancers and 0 flat
Wednesday closed negative with 32 decliners, 2 advancers and 1 flat
Tuesday closed positive with 10 decliners, 24 advancers and 1 flat
Monday closed negative with 32 decliners, 3 advancers and 0 flats
Friday closed negative with 29 decliners, 4 advancers and 2 flats
Thursday closed negative with 24 decliners, 11 advancers and 2 flats
Wednesday closed positive with 3 decliners, 30 advancers and 2 flats
Tuesday closed negative with 26 decliners, 7 advancers and 2 flats
Monday closed positive with 11 decliners, 24 advancers and 0 flats
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