California-based Theravance's (NASDAQ: THRX) announcement that it would split into two distinct companies has drawn a sharply positive reaction from investors.
As part of the split, the pharmaceutical company looks poised to turn its current drug-marketing joint venture with London-based GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) into an independent firm. Meanwhile, it will create a development-focused biopharmaceutical company out of its existing R&D division. Whereas the first firm could generate long-term more »
TheStreet.com recently ran an article outlining five companies that Warren Buffett holds in his portfolio that yield 3.0% or better. I decided to take a look at these five companies, since I love dividend companies, and to some degree I love Warren Buffett. (I like to read what he is doing, but I don’t own any of Berkshire Hathaway’s stock. I used to, but I sold more »
Back towards the end of April 2013, Theravance (NASDAQ: THRX) surprised everyone when it announced plans to split into two separate companies. The two companies will split its independent biopharmaceuticals operations and its respiratory assets (including the recently approved BREO ELLIPTA) partnered with GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK). Since this announcement, news of yet another partnership with Elan (NYSE: ELN) might leave investors confused as to the direction of the company. My more »
Theravance (NASDAQ: THRX) shares soared over 14% early Monday upon news that Elan (NYSE: ELN) will pay $1 billion for a quartet of development stage respiratory drugs. The payment will give Elan a cut of potential future royalties to the drugs -- most of which Theravance developed with GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK).
What does this deal mean for the companies involved -- and is Elan getting its money’s worth?
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Exchange-traded funds are all the rage these days, and for good reason. As opposed to traditional mutual funds, ETFs trade throughout the day, and often have significantly lower fees than their mutual fund peers. In addition, investors wary of buying individual stocks find solace in the diversification these funds provide.
In particular, ETFs focused on dividends have seen pronounced buying interest from investors. Products such as the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation more »
GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) is a pharmaceutical and healthcare company headquartered in the United Kingdom. GlaxoSmithKline is one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world with a market cap of $112 billion. The company was founded in 2000, as a result of a merger between Glaxo Welcome and SmithKline Beecham. Below is a snapshot of GlaxoSmithKline's fourth quarter results.
During the fourth quarter, GlaxoSmithKline’s earnings declined more »
Big pharma is a controversial industry. Along with tobacco companies, they are some of the most vilified businesses in the world. On one hand, large pharmaceutical companies invest heavily in producing breakthrough medicines. Since 2000, the 31 main companies of the sector spent a combined $550 billion on research & development, creating 400 new medicines in the process.
On the other hand, these companies have attempted to stop generic versions of more »
Seriously, when will people stop buying the Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) hype?
In it's earnings call for last quarter, online retailer Amazon.com reported a lower profit margin, a lower net income and indicated that it anticipates next quarter's net to run somewhere between $10 million and a loss of $340 million. Of course shares jumped 2.2%.
Really, the hypnosis-like hold Amazon has on investors is a mystery more »
In the world of big pharmaceuticals, investors have come to realize that dividend income is traditionally steady, while the share price may or may not move a great deal other than when a new breakthrough drug has been approved. As is the case, share price can also oftentimes struggle. Those big pharmas that can keep promising new products on the forefront - while at the same time keeping their dividend payout more »
As the market continues to climb, investors are beginning to see thinning dividend yields on many of their big pharma shares. But by sticking with quality - and with companies that are keeping their product pipelines full with new drugs - one can certainly find the key to not just share growth but also a nice steady income along the way.
Keeping yields healthy
One of the higher yielding big pharmaceutical companies more »
Throughout the years, some of the best performing pharmaceutical industry stocks have had long histories of providing healthy dividends to their stockholders. Merck (NYSE: MRK), for instance, a Big Pharma offering a number of healthcare solutions predominantly via its prescription meds, is well known for also providing a nice steady dividend income stream to its investors.
Where Merck is headed
In addition to its vaccines, biologic therapies, prescription drugs, and more »
The market for prescription and over-the-counter drugs is huge and hugely profitable. With the global trend of an aging population well underway, it is nearly inevitable that demand for prescription and non-prescription drugs will rise. While much is made in the media regarding the so-called “patent cliff” faced by the large drug makers, well-placed investments now will allow investors to reap double-digit gains for years to come. Investors who are more »
Patent expiration is one of the major issues faced by pharma companies, which increases the competition from generic medicines and eventually leads to downfall in their sales. Moreover, due to the long production cycle of new drug development, the R&D becomes ineffective to offset the patent cliff. I have picked up three such companies from the industry, which have significant drugs pipeline for the future. These companies have efficient more »
It’s not just about offering a better drug, but it’s also about launching it at the right time in the market. This is what I learned while studying about Amarin (NASDAQ: AMRN), which has a new drug out to cater to a vast number of patients in the cardiovascular realm. The phase III trial results have all been positive, yet, the presence of established competitors can leave some more »
It’s not often that I am bullish of a $3.2 billion clinical stage company. However, Theravance (NASDAQ: THRX) is definitely one that makes my “Buy” list, and here’s why:
FDA Approval Leads to Massive Market Presence
On Thursday shares of Theravane rallied 16.24% to create new five-year highs after the FDA advisory panel recommended approval for its once-daily COPD inhaler Breo Ellipta. As most know when more »
GlaxoSmithKline Plc is a research based pharmaceutical and healthcare company. It is a major global healthcare group engaged in the creation, discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceutical and consumer healthcare products. GSK Plc was founded on December 27, 2000 and is headquartered in Brentford, United Kingdom.
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Merck (NYSE: MRK) is a global health care company that delivers health solutions through its prescription medicines, vaccines, biologic therapies, animal health, and consumer care products, which it markets directly and through its joint ventures. Since the start of the year, the healthcare sector has performed exceptionally well, returning almost 17%. The sector has, as of now, outperformed every sector in the S&P 500 as a result of the more »
There is always something interesting happening in the Bio-Pharma sector due to a number of firms working on several new drugs. Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRPT) is a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing RNA-based therapies. The company is currently working on Eteplirsen, a drug to cure Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy – it is a rare disease that mainly occurs in boys.
The disease is caused by a mutation in a gene, called the more »
On Tuesday we saw several big moves in the biotechnology space, but two companies in particular are no strangers to big moves. In this piece I am looking at those two stocks to determine their outlook.
Sarepta Therapeutics (NASDAQ: SRPT)
The clinical stage biotechnology company Sarepta Therapeutics continued its march higher with gains of 11% on Tuesday. These gains followed study results from GlaxoSmithKline’s (NYSE: GSK) drug drisapersen for more »
Since I recommended Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ) as one of the best long-term investments around, the stock has continued its climb. For one of the lowest-volatility stocks in the market, a 14% gain so far in 2013, and an 8% move in the last month alone is huge. With a move like this, is it still a good time to get into J&J, or have would-be investors missed the more »
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