Healthcare Business

Stock Gains Skipping Biotech (GENZ, CELG, GILD, AMGN, BIIB, ALXN, MNKD, HGSI, VVUS, DNDN, BBH, XBI, QQQQ)

Jon C. Ogg

Biotech and emerging pharma both seem to have almost no friends today despite a large stock market rally.  It may take a resolution of the Genzyme Corporation (NASDAQ: GENZ) merger, and a successful resolution at that, to get interest going in the sector in.  We have run a feature at BioHealthInvestor.com showing how many key biotech stocks are being left in the dust despite the improvement from tax extensions, QE2, the move to risk-assets, and general economic improvements.

Those issues covered are Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG), Gilead Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD), Amgen Inc. (NASDAQ: AMGN), Biogen Idec Inc. (NASDAQ: BIIB), Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ALXN), MannKind Corp. (NASDAQ: MNKD), Human Genome Sciences Inc. (NASDAQ: HGSI), VIVUS Inc. (NASDAQ: VVUS), and Dendreon Corporation (NASDAQ: DNDN)… most of which were flops this last week while the NASDAQ and the broader stocks performed well.  We also compared the Biotech HOLDRs (NYSE: BBH) and SPDR S&P Biotech (NYSE: XBI) to the PowerShares QQQ (NASDAQ: QQQQ) to highlight some of the underperformance.

Read the full report at BioHealthInvestor.com