Before the Move: Ten biotech names to watch in January - InvestingChannel

Before the Move: Ten biotech names to watch in January

In a research note to investors, Jefferies analyst Michael Yee identified what he sees as ten potential disclosures or announcements that could come in the next two weeks to start 2018. Among the names that may see stock-moving events as the new year begins are Celgene (CELG), Biogen (BIIB) and Vertex (VRTX). TURNING THE PAGE TO 2018: Jefferies’ Yee told investors that “turning the page to 2018 and into a January conference,” he is modestly optimistic that large-cap biotech picks up a bit given the recent pullback, tax reform and low investor expectations. He reiterated that the big biotech names are working toward a much bigger 2018 product cycle and late-stage data read out period. Thinking outside of the box, the analyst pointed out that the key upside “wild-card” is whether “big consolidation” actually occurs in the large caps based on pharmaceutical companies buying pharma or “big biotech” companies. STOCK-MOVING ANNOUNCEMENTS: Other than surprise M&A deals that could swing sentiment in biotech, Jefferies’ Yee sees the potential for at least ten stock-moving announcements within his coverage going into a major industry conference in two weeks. The analyst told investors that Celgene is likely to pre-announce results for its fourth quarter and provide new 2018 guidance, though investors should assume that outlook could be conservative. Biogen could also disclose color around Spinraza patient numbers and update on aducanumab Alzheimer’s enrollment, he contended. Yee argued that Vertex could pre-announce on its fourth quarter but may not provide 2018 Cystic Fibrosis guidance until its ‘661 combo is approved in February. The company could also disclose Phase 3 triple plans and update on Phase 2 data. Regarding Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY), the analyst highlighted the company may discuss the path forward for ALN-TTRsc02, update on the ALN-GO1 phase 1 program, or announce a new program in the near-term. AveXis (AVXS) may provide FDA meeting updates and next steps post recent regulatory discussions; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) may pre-announce fourth quarter Ocaliva sales or announced the initiation of a Phase 3 cirrhosis study, or give color on upcoming FDA label change; and Assembly Biosciences (ASMB) could announce Phase 1b HBV data on viral knockdown, he contended. Lastly, Yee pointed out that Axovant Sciences (AXON) may report Phase 2B data for intepiridine in dementia with Lewy bodies and nelotansersin in visual hallucinations, while Acorda Therapeutics (ACOR) is likely to pre-announce 2017 Ampyra net sales and provide 2018 financial guidance, and FibroGen (FGEN) could disclose HRCT imaging IPF data or Phase 2 pancreatic cancer data for pamrevlumab. “Before the Move” is The Fly’s recurring series of exclusive stories that identify potentially market moving events, along with analyst predictions, ahead of the news.