It’s Monday and shareholders of Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Valeant Pharmaceuticals Intl Inc (NYSE:VRX), and Genocea Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:GNCA) are certainly on alert as the value of their shares has changed substantially since Friday’s close, and not for the better. Let’s take a closer look at the catalysts causing the negative moves on these stocks and what elite investors think of them.
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Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) is down by 5.5% after the investment bank reported disappointing third quarter earnings. Earnings missed analysts’ expectations by $0.29 per share while revenues missed estimates by $1.21 billion. CEO James P. Gorman said:
“The volatility in global markets in the third quarter led to a difficult environment, impacting in particular our Fixed Income business and our Asia Merchant Banking business.”
Apparently, the era of cheap debt coming to an end did not help the company’s M&A division nearly enough to offset the trading unit’s decline. Given Goldman Sachs trades at a lower forward P/E than Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs’ earnings results were better, it’s hard to get excited about the stock after this latest earnings report.
Genocea Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ:GNCA), a company developing T cell-directed immunotherapies and vaccines, is down by 27% after the company’s universal vaccine candidate against pneumococcus, GEN-004, failed to achieve the primary endpoints in a phase 2a trial. Management will remove GEN-004 from its near-term plans and will instead refocus the company’s resources on the ongoing Phase 2 program for GEN-003, the company’s immunotherapy for genital herpes.
On the next page, we analyze why Valeant is getting beat up some more today.