Energy Weakness Rolls Over To Biotech Stocks

Biotech Stocks Sell-Off After Hitting New Highs Monday

NASDAQ at 4735 off 0.67%

Healthcare and life science stocks have been a safe haven from recent market headwinds but today risk is off across the board. Crude is down over 5% to $61 and this has raised concerns about global growth affecting other asset classes like financials and industrials.The Dow and S&P are having another down day off about 0.8%. The healthcare space is off about 0.6% today with the bellwether XLV off only 0.5% but stable over the past five days after hitting new highs Monday up 28% YTD. Biotech stocks are being nipped today with the FBT down 1.35% but up almost 50% YTD.

Stay the course with a portfolio of large and mid cap stocks or a biotech ETF like FBT.

Most Rayno Life Science picks are in the red today but many speculative small cap stocks are still catching bids as can be seen by these oncology stocks:

In October we attend the BIO Investor Forum and one of the hot sessions was “T-Cell Therapies-Prioritizing Cancer Targets”. We mentioned four companies that have promising early stage therapies for arming the body’s own T-cells to fight cancer. Aggressive traders who bought all four stocks in late October would have reaped big profits over 1 month: bluebird bio (BLUE) up 124%,  Globimmune (GBIM) up 25%, Kite Pharma (KITE) up 32.4% and ZIOPharm Oncology (ZIOP) up 19.2%.

Coming later this week: Rayno Portfolio Review and update from October 31. NB our mid-cap motif is now up 28.9% after Cubist (CBST)  acquisition by Merck (MRK)

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Author: Travis Esquivel

Travis Esquivel is an engineer, passionate soccer player and full-time dad. He enjoys writing about innovation and technology from time to time.

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