Monday March 19, 2012
by Leo Fasciocco, editor Ticker Tape Digest
Celgene (CELG) produces drugs to treat cancer and immune-inflammatory related diseases. Annual revenues are $4.8 billion.
Its primary commercial-stage products include Revlimid, Vidaza, Thalomid and Abraxande. It also has licensing deals with Novartis. CELG has also been active in making acquisitions.
CELG's long-term chart shows the stock soaring from 5 back in 2003 to a peak of 77 in 2008.The stock has now regrouped and is pushing once again toward its breakpoint.
The accumulation - distribution line is in an up trend and is showing strong buying. That bodes well for a breakout to a new all-time high.
For 2012, analysts forecast a 29% jump in CELG's earnings to $4.41 a share from $3.43 a year ago. The stock sells with a price-earnings ratio of 17. We see that as low making the stock a good value-growth play.
Net for the upcoming first quarter should soar 45% to $1.03 a share from 71 cents a year ago. The highest estimate on the Street is at $1.12 a share.
We see chances for an upside surprise. In the prior quarter, CELG topped the consensus estimate by 2 cents a share and the quarter before that by 11 cents a share.
Looking out to 2013, Wall Street projects an 18% gain in net to $5.18 a share from the anticipated $4.41 this year.
We suggest accumulation of a partial stake in CELG with further buying to be done on a breakout over 75.10. We are targeting CELG for a move to 90 after a breakout. A protective stop can be placed near 71.
Institutional sponsorship is excellent. A key fund buyer recently was 4-star rated Fidelity Contrafund which purchased 528,200 shares. Also, 4-star rated Harbor Capital Appreciation Fund was a recent buyer of 162,946 shares.
Insider activity is bullish. Insiders have been selective buyers of the stock in recent months. Their latest buys have come around $61. Currently, 27 analysts follow the stock, 19 have a buy, down from 22 three months ago.
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