September 12, 2022 6:26pm

While (I believe) irrational exuberance drove the indexes to the upside

Pre-open indications: 4 HIT and 6 MISS

WHY and HOW is this market affecting the cell and gene therapy sector … “The Bottom Line” underlines the framework of share pricing actions.  

Who else is tracking a broad grouping of cell and gene therapy equities – can you afford to not read facts supported by real numbers?

If I have learned one thing as a former research analyst, venture and public fund investor now a journalist; it is that your life and your bank account are largely tied to your knowledge of price movements and questioning pricing targets.


The Dow closed UP +229.63 points (+0.71) the S&P closed UP +43.05 points (+1.06%) while the Nasdaq closed UP +154.10 points (+1.27%)



Indexes rose on Monday as a weaker dollar and growing confidence that inflation has peaked helped the relief rally continue.

Economic data Docket: The consumer price index is due out Tuesday at 8:30 a.m. ET. It’s expected to show that prices excluding food and fuel rose 0.3% from July and 6% from a year ago. Including those two sectors, so-called headline CPI is projected to decline 0.1% for the month but still be up 8% on an annual basis. It will be the second month in a row with little change, after July showed prices flat. But for core, it would be the second straight month of a 0.3% increase.


RegMed Investor’s (RMi) Pre-Open: “to SELL or to BUY? Is a big dive coming; does low volume forecast the moves? The coming CPI and PPI reporting “attractions” present a cautionary threat to cell and gene therapy equities.” …


RegMed/Stem/Cell and Gene Therapy’s 35 covered equities’ Advance/Decline (A/D) lines: what happened …

  • Monday’s advance/decline line opened negative at 12 up/ 22 down and 1 flat, stayed negative with 15 up/19 down and 1 flat at the mid-day, ending with a positive close of 21/14 and 0 flat.


Pre-open Indications: 4 HITs <Biostage (BSTG -$0.10), Sage Therapeutics (SAGE -$0.34), Vericel (VCEL -$0.33), Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY -$11.27)> 6 MISS <Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS +$1.82), CRISPR Therapeutics (CRSP +$2.86), Caribou Therapeutics (CRBU +$1.29), Fate Therapeutics (FATE +$1.02), Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA +$0.76), Beam therapeutics (BEAM +$0.07)


Key Metrics:

  • Monday - Sector volume was LOW with 7 of the 21-upside having higher than the 3-month average volume with LOW volume of 2 of 14-downside having higher than the 3-month average volume

The iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology (IBB) and the SPDR S&P ETF (XBI) indicators:

  • Monday, the IBB was up +0.18% and the XBI was up +0.76%

The CBOE Volatility Index (VVIX: INDEX) tracked:

  • Monday was up +1.08 points or +4.74% at 23.87


Jumping with share pricing momentum (10 of 21):

  • CRISPR Therapeutics (CRSP +$2.86 after Friday’s +$0.69),
  • Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS =$1.82 after Friday’s +$2.57),
  • Caribou Biosciences (CRBU +$1.29 after Friday’s -$0.42),
  • Fate Therapeutics (FATE +$1.02 after Friday’s -$0.16),
  • Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA +$0.76 after Friday’s +$3.72),
  • Chinook Therapeutics (KDNY +$0.52),
  • Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics (BCLI +$0.24 after Friday’s +$0.41),
  • Mesoblast (MESO +$0.21),
  • bluebird bio (BLUE +$0.17),

Closing down (14 of 14):

  • Verve Therapeutics (VERV -$0.23 after Friday’s -$1.11),
  • Vericel (VCEL -$0.33 after Friday’s +$0.77),
  • Ultragenyx (RARE -$0.46 after Friday’s +$1.51),
  • Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY -$11.27 after Friday’s -$3.03 and a debt security raise),
  • BioLife Solutions (BLFS -$0.12 after Friday’s -$0.08),
  • Regenxbio (RGNX -$0.11 after Friday’s +$0.61),
  • Homology Medicine (FIXX -$0.11 after Friday’s -$0.03),
  • Biostage (OTCQB: BSTG -$0.10 after Friday’s +$0.06),
  • Adverum Biotechnologies (ADVM -$0.09),
  • AxoGen (AXGN -$0.05 after Friday’s +$1.27),
  • Sage Therapeutics (SAGE -$0.04 after Friday’s +$0.82
  • Solid Biosciences (SLDB -$0.0147),
  • Applied Genetic Technologies (AGTC -$0.0127),
  • Avrobio (AVRO -$0.0025),


September, Q3/2022:

  • Monday closed positive with 21 incliner, 14 decliners and 0 flat


The BOTTOM LINE: I try to keep it simple … and short!

September started with 1 holiday, 5 positive and 2 negative closes; August is over with 1 neutral, 11 positive and 11 negative closes while last week which ended the month.

Despite gains in recent sessions, the sector’s volatility outlook is an "uptrend under pressure."

As I stated, time to take PROFITS …

As I continually question, “The real question that should be asked is how many companies are at the end of sentiments …  leash?

Start by looking at cell and gene therapy companies trading below cash!” 

Repeating myself, “I find it very interesting to evaluate share price over earnings and a shortage of revenue reporting as a proxy for share pricing performance?”

I stick to my view of anticipating the risks – as my careers focus has been “warning analysis”.


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