February 22, 2021 7:39am

The sector’s optimism is shaky over worries that enable fears of earning’s season LPS (loss-per-share) missing expectations

Pre-open indication: 2 BUYs and 10 SELLs

This week’s Q4 & FY20 earnings’ releases:  Monday, 2/22 – AxoGen (AXGN); Wednesday, 2/24 - Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS), Vericel (VCEL), Sangamo Therapeutics (SGMO), Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT); Thursday, 2/25 - Caladrius Biosciences (CLBS), Editas Medicine (EDIT), Voyager Therapeutics (VYGR), Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA)

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Dow futures are DOWN -0.53% (-168 points), S&P futures are DOWN -0.71% (-28 points) and NASDAQ futures are DOWN -1.26% (-171 points)


Stock futures declined in early trading on Monday,

European stocks retreated with the pan-European Stoxx 600 dropping -0.7% by late morning trade,

Asia-Pacific stocks mostly declined as China left its benchmark lending rate unchanged over the weekend with MSCI’s index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan was -0.96% lower.


Data Docket: Federal Reserve Chairman Powell, who delivers his semi-annual testimony on the economy before the Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday.



The final week of February …

A brief recap of the week: Indexes came under pressure Friday afternoon, reversing early gains as the Dow finished the day up less than 0.00% (1 point) after climbing more than 150 points earlier in the session; the S&P 500 finished down 0.19% while the Nasdaq gained less than 0.1%.

  • For the week, the S&P 500 lost 0.71% while the Nasdaq shed 1.57% while the Dow fared better with a slight gain of 0.11%.

The Russell 2000 added 2% while leading declines were Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT -$0.43), Bellicum Pharmaceuticals (BLCM -$0.38) and Applied Genetic Technologies (AGTC -$0.28); while inclining were Fate Therapeutics (FATE +$8.08%), Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA +$5.76) and Ultragenyx (RARE +$3.59).

Friday’s evening’s recap: “Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay; my, oh, my, what a wonderful session. Plenty of upside WAS headed my way as MY expectancy has briefly returned to the sector” … https://www.regmedinvestors.com/articles/11777

  • The Nasdaq closed UP +9.11 points (+0.07%);
  • The IBB closed up +0.98% and XBI closed up +1.62%;
  • Sector volume was LOW with 4 of the 24-upside having higher than the 3-month average volume with the increased volume of 2 of 9-downside having higher than the 3-month average volume;
  • The CBOE Volatility Index (VVIX: INDEX) was down -0.44 points or -1.96% at 22.05;
  • Friday’s percentage (%) of the 24-upside were +0.08% (ADVM) to +8.65% (NTLA) while the 9-downside ranges from -0.19% (MESO) to -6.28% (BLCM).

February: 8 positive, 6 negative closes and 1 holiday to date

January: 10 positive, 9 negative closes and 1 holiday


Companies in my headlights – It’s your decision; I provide an idea and context:

Maintaining Sell: Questions continue …

Biostage (BSTG) closed down again -$0.00 to $1.85 with only 23 shares traded (interesting how no share traded without the “pumping of buys” after Thursday’s -$0.115 to $1.85 with 303 shares traded, Wednesday’s -$0.12 to $1.97 with 4.656 shares traded, Tuesday’s -$0.03 to $2.09 with 1,243 shares “pumped” following and last Friday’s flat at $2.12 with 88 shares traded. Reiterating …

Question#1: WHY cut the pay of the chief scientific officer (CSO), William Fodor, PhD by 50% to support short-term expenses (2/19.21 8-K filing)?

Question #2: WHY the cut, expenses must be extremely LOW as most employees have left and NO CRO hired or patient recruitment; WHAT has changed, there is still NO clinical trial initiation with an approved IND since last March 20, 2020?

Question#3: Any reason, Biostage’s ISS Governance Quality Score is ranked N/A. The pillar scores are significant … Audit: N/A; Board: N/A; Shareholder Rights: N/A; Compensation: N/A … an issue of transparency?

Question#4: WHAT is the relationship of DST Capital beyond being BSTG’s investor as they are BOTH based in the same offices – together. WHEN was the last time Mrs. bin Zhao was in the Holliston, Mass back office and WHO or WHOM is “pushing the buying” of daily stock?


BUY after Downside Bounce:

blue bird bio (BLUE) closed down again -$0.27 to $26.88 after Thursday’s -$1.07 to $26.95 with a positive +$0.35 or +1.31% pre-market indication. (‘m not giving-up on my bottom perception

Global Blood Therapeutics (GBT) closed down again -$0.43 to $48.33 after Thursday’s -$0.41 to $48.76 with a positive +$0.65 or +1.34% aftermarket indication.



BioLife Solutions (BLFS) closed up +$0.47 to $40.92 with a negative -$0.42 or -0.45% aftermarket indication;

Fate therapeutics (FATE) closed up +$8.08 to $110.08 after Thursday’s $102.10, Wednesday’s $103.22, Tuesday’s $101.44 with a negative -0.18 or -0.16% pre-market indication.

Intellia therapeutics (NTLA) closed up +$5.76 to $72.37 after Thursday’s $66.71, Wednesday’s $68.80 and Tuesday’s $68.15 with -$2.37 or -3.27% pre-market indication. Earnings release this week, be prepared.

Mesoblast (MESO) closed down -$0.02 to $10.30 after Friday’s -$0.10 to $10.32, Wednesday’s +$0.24 to $10.42, Tuesday’s -$0.42 to $10.18 with a negative -$0.19 or -1.84% pre-market indication.

Regenxbio (RGNX) closed up +$0.94 to $43.22 and has a negative -$2.97 or -6.87% aftermarket indication.

Sangamo Therapeutics (SGMO) closed down -$0.21 to $13.21 after Thursday’s $13.42 with a positive -$0.02 or -0.15% pre-market indication;

Cellectis SA (CLLS) closed up +$1.07 to $25.09 after Thursday’s $24.02, Wednesday’s $25.51 and Tuesday’s $27.33 with -$0.54 or -2.15% pre-market indication.

Editas Medicine (EDIT) closed up +$1.13 to $56.49 after Thursday’s $55.36, Wednesday’s $56.51 and Tuesday’s $56.45 with -1.19 or -2.11% pre-market indication.


SELL into Strength:

Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) closed up +$3.86 to $82.33 after Friday’s -$4.01 to $78.47 with a positive +$0.92 or +1.12% aftermarket indication.


The BOTTOM LINE: Saw more than a large swing number of ups and less down …

Friday, the cell and gene therapy sector tracked to the upside with fewer declines (Friday closed positive at 24/9, 1 flat and 1 acquired; Thursday closed negative at 2/32 and 1 acquired; Wednesday closed negative at 11/23 and 1 acquired; Tuesday closed negative at 14/20 and 1 acquired following a market holiday.

Reiterating, “The short-term path to sector equities rolling higher is smaller ... to put it succinctly, earnings’ season seems to disengage buyers to wait for bigger dips pre- and post-releases to buy back into “our’ universe.

It’s STILL all about, the “bouncing ball” of sector momentum …

Many talk of horizons; “as I have said last week, my horizon is usually a Friday’s close …”

Again, “forewarned … earnings LPS (loss-per-share) season is upon us – my advice, trim and skim … if one can!”


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