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
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 10 Largest Pharmaceutical Companies In the World

The 10 Most Expensive Android Apps

The 9 Most Expensive Designer Bags in the World

The 7 Most Expensive Real Estate in the World

The 10 Most Expensive eBay Items Ever Sold

The 10 Most Expensive iPhone Apps

The 9 Most Expensive Designer Shoes in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Cigarette Brands

The 10 Most Expensive Law Schools in the US

The 10 Best Wall Street Movies

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Clubs Ever Sold

The 10 Most Expensive Golf Memberships

The 10 Best Disney Characters Ever Created

The 8 Best Foods for Gaining Weight

The 10 Most Expensive Colleges in the World

The 7 Most Memorable Ad Campaigns of All Time

The 7 Most Expensive High Schools in the World

The 10 Electric Vehicles with the Longest Range

The 10 Cities with the Worst Drivers in the World

The 10 Most Expensive Dresses Ever Created

10 Islands to Visit Before You Die

10 Famous Celebrities Who Needed Rehab

The 15 Countries with the Largest Oil Reserves

The 10 Most Overused Excuses in the World

The 5 Best iOS Apps You Can’t Get on Android

5 Companies Damaged By Social Media Blunders

The 10 Most Legendary Blues Songs

The 10 Most Lawless Places in the World

4 Reasons China is a Threat to the US

The 17 Most Sugary Drinks in the World

The 10 Most Ruthless Rulers in History

The 10 Greatest Generals in History

Top 8 Travel Destinations for 2015

The 10 Safest Dog Breeds for Children

The 10 Most Stolen Vehicles in the US

The 7 Most Expensive Celebrity Weddings

The 10 Best LoL Teams in the World

Top 10 Worst Marketing Campaigns Ever Produced

Top 5 Diets that Help You Lose Weight

The 10 Best Ways to Stay Awake

7 Artists That Switched Musical Genres

The 10 Most Expensive Cities to Live in New Jersey

The 10 Best High Schools in New York

The 10 Countries With the Least Gender Inequality

The 6 Biggest Musician-Manager Feuds

The 10 Countries with the Cheapest Gas Prices

The 7 Most Theatrical Bands of All Time

The 8 Worst Band Breakups of All Time

The 10 Most Important South American Leaders

The 7 Most Successful Casting Show Winners

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 47.6% in its first year! Wondering How?

Download a complete edition of our newsletter for free!