Published on February 22, 2014
3 Humongous Health-Care Stocks This Week
The Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, wasn’t the only place to find big winners this week. Several health-care stocks also deserved gold medals for fantastic performances. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
Forest Laboratories (NYSE: FRX) Shares of this drugmaker soared nearly 36% this week.
Why did Forest catch on fire? • Specialty pharmaceutical firm Actavis (NYSE: ACT) announced a $25 billion buyout of Forest Labs. • The deal will result in combined revenues of $15 billion. • Expected operating synergies are around $1 billion.
China Biologic Products (Nasdaq: CBPO) Shares of the biopharmaceutical company surged almost 33% higher for the week.
Why did China Biologic jump a great wall? • No big new announcements from the company this week. • The earnings announcement is still a few weeks away. • The company has bought back shares in recent months.
Chelsea Therapeutics (Nasdaq: CHTP) Shares of the biotech climbed nearly 28% this week.
Why did Chelsea shares head north? • Northera gained approval from the FDA. • The drug treats neurogenic orthostatic hypotension (NOH), a disorder that affects 80,000 to 150,000 Americans. • Chelsea expects to launch Northera in the second half of 2014.
Best pick to stay humongous? • The FDA win for Northera puts Chelsea in a great position. • Additional studies are required since Northera received accelerated approval, but results will likely be positive. • Chelsea appears poised to attract interest from larger partners.
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