Pharma Stock Surges on Sale News

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Despite positive geopolitical news over the weekend, markets are sagging this Monday. After opening the day up, all major indexes have been in retreat across the day’s trading. Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) is among the mega-cap stocks leading the way down, while solid gains for McDonald’s (NYSE:MCD) are helping stem the negative trading.

We expect continued volatility as broadly strong earnings reports (we focused on earnings-news trading on the blog last week) continue to battle with bearish traders focused on rising interest rates. With more earnings news coming this week, US 10-year Treasuries closing in on 3%, and US inflation finally hitting the U.S. Federal Reserve’s 2% target, there’s good reason to expect the rollercoaster ride to continue.

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Today’s Top Performer: SteadyMed (NASDAQ:STDY)

Pharma Stock Surges on News of Sale to United Therapeutics


SteadyMed is a specialty pharmaceutical development company. They’re broadly focused on creating therapies “to treat orphan and high-value diseases with unmet parenteral delivery needs.”

Their leading potential offering is Trevyent, a drug-device combo that melds SteadyMed’s PatchPump technology with treprostinil, a treatment for PAH (Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension).

Today, they announced they are being purchased by United Therapeutics. United will pay $4.46 per share, with an additional $2.63 per share for the achievement of Trevyent developer milestones. The total purchase price, assuming eventual completion of milestones, comes to $216 million.

This purchase price represents a  substantial valuation premium for STDY, and the stock is dramatically surging since the announcement. It sits up over 75% at the time of this writing. Current market pricing reflects only partial confidence in the receipt of the development milestone payment.

Pharmaceutical plays continue to be a consistent source of dramatic one-day profits for News Quantified users. Development companies can be virtually impossible for non-experts to value. Consequently, news-based indicators of expert confidence (like today’s acquisition) can lead to huge price changes. This fact makes the sector a particularly target-rich environment for news-based traders.

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