9 Biotechnology Stocks to Buy Now

by Portfolio Grader | August 19, 2012 6:45 pm

9 Biotechnology Stocks to Buy Now

This week, nine Biotechnology stocks are improving their overall ratings on Portfolio Grader[1]. Each of these stocks is rated an “A” (“strong buy”) or “B” overall (“buy”).

Isis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ISIS[2]) is progressing from last week’s rating of B (“buy”) as the company improves to an A (“strong buy”) this week. Isis Pharmaceuticals discovers and develops novel human therapeutic compounds. In Portfolio Grader’s specific subcategory of Earnings Momentum, ISIS also gets an A. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ISIS stock[3].

Sarepta Therapeutics Inc (NASDAQ:SRPT[4]) is bumping up its rating from a C (“hold”) to a B (“buy”) this week. Shares of SRPT have increased 174.4% over the past month, better than the 4.5% increase the Nasdaq has seen over the same period of time. Shares of the stock have been changing hands at an unusually rapid pace, twice the rate of the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SRPT stock[5].

Neurocrine Biosciences (NASDAQ:NBIX[6]) is seeing ratings go up from a C last week to a B this week. Neurocrine Biosciences is focused on the discovery and development of therapeutics for neuropsychiatric, neuroinflammatory, and neurodegenerative diseases and disorders. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NBIX stock[7].

The rating of Medivation (NASDAQ:MDVN[8]) moves up this week, rising from a B to an A. Medivation acquires, develops, and sells or partners biomedical technologies in the early development stage of the research and development process. Since last month, MDVN shares are up 2%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MDVN stock[9].

Threshold Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:THLD[10]) boosts its rating from a B to an A this week. Threshold Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company focused on the discovery and development of drugs targeting the microenvironment of solid tumors as novel treatments for patients living with cancer. Wall Street seems to agree with the upgrade and has propelled the stock up 0.9% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of THLD stock[11].

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:LXRX[12]) shows solid improvement this week. The company’s rating rises from a C to a B. Lexicon Pharmaceuticals researches treatments for diabetes and obesity, cardiovascular disease, psychiatric and neurological disorders, cancer, immune system disorders, and ophthalmic disease. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of LXRX stock[13].

Maxygen‘s (NASDAQ:MAXY[14]) ratings are looking better this week, moving up to a B from last week’s C. Maxygen is a biopharmaceutical company which researches and develops protein drugs. The stock currently has a trailing PE Ratio of 3.6. MAXY shares inched up 1.8% over the past month. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MAXY stock[15].

Celsion (NASDAQ:CLSN[16]) improves from a C to a B rating this week. Celsion is an innovative oncology drug development company focused on improving treatment for those suffering with aggressive and difficult to treat forms of cancer. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up 420.4% from the week prior. Over the past month, CLSN shares are up 14.8%. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CLSN stock[17].

Pluristem Therapeutics‘s (NASDAQ:PSTI[18]) gets a higher grade this week, advancing from a C last week to a B. Pluristem Therapeutics develops Messenchymal stem cell production technology and commercializes cell therapy products. Investors have pushed the stock price up 54.3% over the past month. Shares of the stock have been trading at an exceptionally rapid pace, up twofold from the week prior. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PSTI stock[19].

Louis Navellier’s proprietary Portfolio Grader[1] stock ranking system assesses roughly 5,000 companies every week based on a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. Stocks are given a letter grade based on their results — with A being “strong buy,” and F being “strong sell.” Explore the tool here[20].

Endnotes:
  1. Portfolio Grader: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/
  2. ISIS: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ISIS
  3. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of ISIS stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=ISIS
  4. SRPT: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SRPT
  5. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of SRPT stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=SRPT
  6. NBIX: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NBIX
  7. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of NBIX stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=NBIX
  8. MDVN: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MDVN
  9. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MDVN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MDVN
  10. THLD: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=THLD
  11. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of THLD stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=THLD
  12. LXRX: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LXRX
  13. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of LXRX stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=LXRX
  14. MAXY: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MAXY
  15. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of MAXY stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=MAXY
  16. CLSN: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CLSN
  17. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of CLSN stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=CLSN
  18. PSTI: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PSTI
  19. For more information, get Portfolio Grader’s complete analysis of PSTI stock: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/stock-report.html?t=PSTI
  20. here: http://navelliergrowth.investorplace.com/portfolio-grader/

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