bluebird bio Inc (BLUE), Iqvia Holdings Inc (IQV): Four Biotech Stocks to Buy Now

bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE) is far from being the most popular biotech stock, yet it saw the largest increase in popularity during the fourth quarter. At the end of December 38 funds held shares of bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE), up by 12 funds over the quarter. Moreover, a year earlier there were only 24 funds long bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE). At the end of February, bluebird bio Inc (NASDAQ:BLUE) posted its fourth-quarter results and even though both net loss of $2.52 per share and revenue of $4.17 million, missed the consensus estimates by $0.82 and $2.89 million, respectively, the revenue surged by 169% on the year on the back of a jump in collaboration revenue. The company’s stock has surged by over 160% in the last year amid substantial quarterly revenue growth and several milestones, including progress in the development of its key drug candidate LentiGlobin and the acquisition of a manufacturing facility.

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In Iqvia Holdings Inc (NYSE:IQV), there are 48 funds long the stock as of the end of 2017, up from 44 funds a quarter earlier. A year earlier, there were 37 funds holding shares of the company, which was known as Quintiles IMS Holdings. Quintiles changed its name into Iqvia Holdings Inc (NYSE:IQV) in November and changed its ticker to IQV from Q (a year earlier Quintiles and IMS Health completed their merger). Iqvia Holdings Inc (NYSE:IQV) provides solutions and information and contract research services and has many high-profile clients among the top pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Iqvia Holdings Inc (NYSE:IQV) posted better-than-expected results for the fourth quarter and updated its 2018 guidance due to changes in reporting standards. The company now expects full-year revenue between $10 billion and $10.20 billion and EPS between $5.20 and $5.45, versus the previous ranges of $8.45 billion – $8.65 billion and $5.35-$5.60, respectively.

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During the fourth quarter, the number of funds from our database long Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) increased by nine to 63, but, since the end of 2016, the number of bullish funds declined by 13. Recently, the company’s stock took a couple of hits on the back of several developments. In February, Biogen Inc (NASDAQ:BIIB) clinical trial of a multiple sclerosis drug failed to beat placebo and provided an update on its study of an Alzheimer’s disease drug. At an investor conference, a Biogen executive said the study of aducanumab will increase the number of patients by 510 to 3,210 due to increased variability. However, the investors took the news as a sign that the drug was not showing good enough results and sent the stock lower, although CEO Michael Vounatsos said that the stock movement was an overreaction. Earlier this month, Biogen and AbbVie Inc (NYSE:ABBV) have withdrawn Zinbryta, a multiple sclersis drug, from the market after reports of severe immune reactions.

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Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) saw 66 funds in our database long its stock at the end of 2017, up from 63 funds a quarter earlier, but down from 69 funds at the end of 2016. At the end of February, Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG)’s stock tanked on the back of the FDA rejecting the company’s new drug application for multiple sclerosis drug candidate ozanimod, which was expected to be a blockbuster with billions in sales. The “refusal to file” was due to insufficient data and Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ:CELG) intends to remedy the situation and resubmit the NDA.

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