Warner Chilcott Plc (WCRX), The Boeing Company (BA), Sequenom, Inc. (SQNM): Three Recent Upgrades You May Want to Ignore

Page 1 of 2

Warner Chilcott Plc (NASDAQ:WCRX)An analyst’s upgrade almost always causes a stock to trend higher. However, those gains can often be a value-trap. In this piece, I am looking at three such stocks; those that I believe are presenting a value trap to investors.

Avoid the Large Buyout Rumors

Warner Chilcott Plc (NASDAQ:WCRX) saw a slew of upgrades from firms Morgan Stanley, UBS, and CRT Capital, all of whom are buying the idea of a merger with Actavis. According to these firms, the average buyout price for WCRX is $23, yet Buckingham believes the deal could see a stock upwards of $30. In the last two days shares of Warner Chilcott Plc (NASDAQ:WCRX) has rallied more than 25%, thus making a $23 buyout price a premium of more than 50% from its May 9 close (when the deal was first reported).

Warner Chilcott Plc (NASDAQ:WCRX) has zero growth, has lost numerous drugs to generics, and has a debt-to-assets ratio that continues to rise by the quarter. Warner Chilcott Plc (NASDAQ:WCRX) was reportedly in the buyout market last year, and Actavis is the first company to show significant interest. Therefore, Warner Chilcott Plc (NASDAQ:WCRX) doesn’t really have any leverage. Now, I’m not suggesting that the merger won’t expand Actavis’ sales team, its presence, and expand its IP portfolio and pipeline, but it’s not worth a 50% premium to last Thursday’s close. In my opinion, I’d be careful, and would assume that most upside is priced into the stock. I would not buy on these upgrades.

A Great Company, But Not Deeply Valued

The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) has seen massive YTD gains of more than 25% (after a flat year in 2012) despite a very public safety issue with its new Dreamliner. Much of its rally has been fundamental, but some has been induced by analysts who cover the stock. On Monday, Sterne Agee issued yet another bullish outlook, raising the stock’s price target from $100 to $120 due to its expectations of $18 billion in free cash flow over the next three years. Furthermore, the firm explains its $120 price target by saying that it expects The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) to trade near the top of its historic range of 10-12 times free cash flow.

While these metrics may be correct, I am more concerned with the company’s metrics compared to the S&P 500 relative to economic growth (also called the 10-10-10 strategy detailed in my book). When I look at Boeing from this perspective, I don’t see a company that is incredibly cheap relative to the market. In fact, it is near fair value with a P/E ratio over 16 that is equal to the S&P 500, thus I don’t see the great value or discount suggested by Sterne Agee.

Need to See Margin Improvements Before Buying Into Hype

Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM) has rallied 25% in the last five sessions following better-than-expected earnings and a bullish upgrade from Credit Suisse. According to the firm, risks stemming from its five-year agreement with Blue Cross and Blue Shield for the MaterniT21 PLUS test have diminished. The expectations for full-year tests have been erratic yet have recently settled around an estimated 150,000. However, after strong earnings, Credit Suisse is anticipating test sales of 175,000.

Page 1 of 2

Biotech Insider Alert - $6 Stock To Hit $40

$200 Million Dollar Healthcare Hedge Fund's #1 Best Idea Right Now

The best healthcare hedge fund out there right now is one of the largest shareholders in this biotech stock. The fund returned more than 20% in each of the last 2 years with a virtually fully hedged portfolio, and it's sending out a BUY signal on this biotech stock. Get your FREE REPORT today (retail value of $300)

This is a FREE report from Insider Monkey. Credit Card is NOT required.
Comments
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy
Insider Monkey Small Cap Strategy

Insider Monkey beat the market by 52 percentage points in 24 months. Our beta is only 1.2 (don't click this link if beating the market isn't important to you).

Lists

The Oldest Money Managers

The Greatest Directors in the World

Largest Animals in the World

World’s Most Expensive Desserts

Best Selling Comic Books of All Time

A-list Actors who Sabotaged Their Career

Rappers With a College Degree

The Best Jazz Albums of all Time

The Most Influential Jazz Musicians

The World’s Most Famous Photographers

The Best Oscar-Winning Songs

Most Influential Choreographers Ever

Most Expensive Department Stores in the World

The Most Expensive Stolen Paintings in the World

The World’s Most Expensive Teas

Top Oscar Record Holders

The Most Expensive Flowers in the World

Countries With a Booming Film Industry

Most Expensive Cupcakes in the World

Uncommon European Escapes

The Most Stolen Artists in History

Best Travel Destinations in Australia

World’s Most Expensive Musical Instruments

World’s Most Famous Animals

Most Expensive Cakes in the World

Most Expensive Kosher Champagne in the World

Most Expensive Kosher Wine in the World

The Most Surprisingly Dark Fairy Tales

Most Popular Travel Destinations in Asia

The 10 Most Expensive Dresses Ever Worn to the Oscars

World’s Most Visited Art Museums

Best Countries for Photographers to Work in

Best Paid Jobs in the Film Industry

The Most Renowned Recovered Paintings Ever

Child Stars That Turned out Just Fine

Books That Were Banned in the Past Century

World’s Richest Dancers

Best Remedies against Bad Breath

Foods That Improve Your Skin Texture

Best-Selling Children’s Books of all Time

Foods That Boost Your Libido

Best-Selling Books of all Time

The Most Expensive Academy Awards Jewelry in History

Most Expensive Japanese Restaurant In New York City

The Best B-Boy Movies

Most Awesome Hip Hop Documentaries

Foods That Stain Your Teeth

Richest Doctors in the World

The Best Movie Sountracks Ever

The Highest Grossing Musicals on Broadway

Subscribe

Enter your email:

Delivered by FeedBurner

X

Thanks! An email with instructions is sent to !

Your email already exists in our database. Click here to go to your subscriptions

Insider Monkey returned 129% in 2.5 years!! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!