October 28, 2022 7:53am
Coming close to month’s end on Monday, will the decks be cleared today, Friday?
Indications: 1 BUY Dip and 7 negative indications
A 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.
Why do I keep writing this blog/newsletter to inform investors, what they need to hear that others won’t say or write! Insight is about understanding perception and also about putting into context what is relevant to expectation fulfillment
8:00 a.m. edition
Remember that overnight and pre-open actions in futures don't necessarily translate into actual trading in the coming day’s session.
Dow futures are DOWN -0.06% or (-18 points), S&P futures are DOWN -0.51% or (-19 points) and NASDAQ futures are DOWN -0.92% or (-103 points) early in the pre-open – so far,
Stock futures are falling and lower on Friday,
European markets lower,
Asia Pacific markets dived as the Bank of Japan left its benchmark interest rate unchanged.
Thursday closed with indexes mixed with the Dow thriving.
The Dow closed UP +198.72 points (+0.62%), the S&P closed DOWN -22.74 points (-0.60%) while the Nasdaq closed DOWN – 178.32 points (-1.63%)
Economic Data Docket: Employment cost Index, Personal Spending, Personal Income, Un of Michigan Consumer Index and pending home sales
Thursday’s … RegMed Investors’ (RMi) closing bell: “I told you the downdraft was coming. As usual prognostication was early … again after I wrote, “I’d be evaluating position that should be “shucked” to cash not reveling about the peaks” … https://www.regmedinvestors.com/articles/12672
Ebb and flow:
Q4 – 1 neutral, 10 positive and 8 negative closes
· September – 1 holiday, 10 positive and 11 negative closes
· August – 1 neutral, 11 positive and 11 negative closes
· July - 1 holiday, 10 negative and 10 positive closes
Companies in my headlights – It’s your decision; I provide ideas and context: INDICATIONS
BUY Dips, Undervalued and Range Bottoms:
Agenus (AGEN) closed down -$0.17 to $2.44 after Wednesday’s -$0.02, Tuesday’s +$0.02, Monday’s -$0.03 and last Friday’s +$0.10, with a positive +$0.01 or +0.41% pre-open indication. AGEN is projected to report earnings of -$0.18 per share, which would represent a year-over-year decline of -126.09% <Zacks>
Solid Biosciences (SLDB) closed down -$0.0061 to $0.45 after Wednesday’s -$0.0080, Tuesday’s +$0.0119, Monday’s +$0.0088 and last Friday’s down -$0.0027 with a negative -$1.36 or -19.95% to $5.50 pre-open indication. The 1-for-15 reverse split went into effect last evening.
- A new investment and management coming from Bain funds with an acquisition of AvantiBio and a $75 million private placement. Combined company is expected to have approximately $215 million in cash and investments, which is expected to fund the combined company into 2025 and support attainment of key milestones for lead gene therapy programs.
Prime Therapeutics (PRME) closed up +$0.89 to $17.30 after Wednesday’s +$0.36, Tuesday’s +$0.85, Monday’s -$0.56 and last Friday’s up +$0.39 following an IPO of 10.29 M shares priced at $17.00 with a negative -$0.10 or -0.58% pre-open indication,
Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) closed down -$0.29 to $37.32 after Wednesday’s +$1.28, Tuesday’s -$0.20 and Monday’s +$0.36 with a negative -$1.86 or -$4.98% pre-open indication. SAGE is expected to post quarterly loss of $2.16 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of +2.3%. Revenues are expected to be $1.68 million, up 16.7% from the year-ago quarter. <Zacks Consensus Estimates>
Beam Therapeutics (BEAM) closed down -$1.24 to $46.31 after Wednesday’s +$0.81, Tuesday’s +$3.19 and Monday’s -$1.41 with a negative +$0.31 or -0.67% pre-open indication.
CRISP Therapeutics (CRSP) closed down -$2.84 to $52.36 after Wednesday’s +$2.75, Tuesday’s +$2.05 and Monday’s -$0.44 and last Friday’s -$0.45 with a negative -$0.24 or -0.46% pre-open indication,
Intellia therapeutics (NTLA) closed down -$0.40 to $52.16 after Wednesday’s +$1.34, Tuesday’s +$2.55 and Monday’s -$1.55 with a negative -$0504 or -0.96% pre-open indication
Puff/Pump and Promote: Maintaining SELL
Biostage (OTCQB: BSTG) closed up +$0.50 to $7.00 with 3,147 shares traded after Tuesday’s +$0.01 with 1,007 shares traded, Monday’s -$0.75 with 3,035 shares traded, Friday’s +$0.23 with 1,082 shares traded and last Thursday’s -$0.08 with 2,031 shares traded <3-month average = 2,190 shares>
Questions need to be answered and they NEVER are for shareholders; as the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution does guarantee the “freedom of speech, or of the press” … but I guess NOT to respond?
Who, WHAT and WHERE are pumping and promoting the “spikes” in volume and share price … coming from?
A DRAFT prospectus is filed … SEC Form S-1/A … unit offering ... https://app.quotemedia.com/data/downloadFiling?webmasterId=101533&ref=117017206&type=HTML&formType=S-1%2FA&dateFiled=2022-10-27&cik=0001563665&CK=1563665&symbol=0001563665&companyName=Biostage
The BOTTOM LINE: Investors are still struggling for sector share pricing direction and want continuation yet clarity eludes them as earnings are to begin.
What changes … “No one company is immune in the sector and this market … of rolling downdrafts?”
Reiterating, “I try to keep it simple … and short …
Kenny Storch at BTIG, states there are 226 public biotech companies trading below cash currently; with 1 out of 5 in the Nasdaq Biotech Index trading below cash.
Is it a sign of the times for a few gene therapy companies to end-up like AGTC – running out of money with delisting hanging over their head like a sword of Damocles (?) and being forced to be acquired by a shell for a financing or closing down
Reiterating, “I believe the sector is showing mixed signals, some BUYs more SELLs – yet I also believe we should BUY Agenus (AGEN) and Solid Biosciences (SLDB).
We will be seeing what October brings – Q3 earnings LPS (loss-per-share) season and a whole lot of economic indicators.
Q4 is HERE and we are back into Q3 earnings season which could be a minefield:
· MiMedx (MDXG), Ultragenyx (RARE) and Editas Medicine (EDIT) on 11/2 at 5 p.m.
· Fate Therapeutics (FATE), Cellectis SA (CLLS), Sangamo Therapeutics (SGMO) and Regenxbio (RGNX) on Thursday, 11/3,
· AxoGen (AXGN) and Sage Therapeutics (SAGE) on 11/8,
· Ionis Pharmaceuticals (IONS) and Vericel (VCEL) on Wednesday, 11/9
If you have gains, you might want to lock-in profit (if any) … before earnings season begins!
Reiterating, “Set aside volatility and there still aren't good reasons to be invested now; companies are saving ANY news for the earnings season.”
DISPOSE of Avrobio (AVRO) who experiences news and the stock drops after a de-listing notice while the management DID NOTHING to AVOID this dilemma while president, CEO and director Geoff Mackay carries home a HUGE salary of $754.39 K per year?
· Thursday, AVRO had news of a dosing regimen with a +$0.06 preopen indication which ended the session -$0.0104 to $0.67.
· AVRO STILL does NOT get close to the $1.00 to continue its Nasdaq listing after a delisting notice.
· Where is the upside coming from to “solve” the de-listing “position” on Nasdaq?
· Will AVRO have to “commission" a stock reverse to address its delisting?
· OR, will they “pull” an AGTC?
When it comes time to invest or even hold onto an investment; I’d say … focus on what percentage ownership of stock … NOT options CEOs and management teams own versus their salary and bonus.
Amid the ongoing cell and gene therapy sector volatility, “our” universe’s trend remains " in a constant correction." That means that investors are safer on the sidelines as again … earnings are coming.
My guide to 'good news seems to be bad news' and 'bad news is good news. 'In normal times, no one really questions whether good news in the economy is actually good.
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