by Dave Moenning | September 23, 2013 12:58 pm
At StateoftheMarkets.com, we strive to “own the best and ignore the rest” in our equity portfolios. Toward this end, each day we search our database for a “top stock” (a top rated company in terms of earnings strength as well as company and industry performance) that presents a strong technical “set up” and a good entry point.
In short, when our equity team is looking to add a stock to one of our portfolios, the “bull’s eye” stock shown below is generally their first choice.
|Company||Symbol||Industry||Stock Rating||YTD% Gain||S.T. Stop Loss|
|Illumina||ILMN||Life Sciences Tools & Services||9.5||+45.60%||$76.28|
Illumina (ILMN) is our most compelling buy today due to the fact that it is a top-rated stock (in terms of earnings strength and company/industry performance) with a strong technical set-up. While other life sciences stocks like PerkinElmer (PKI) and Life Technologies (LIFE) have had a good 2013 so far, ILMN has been stellar. The stock has been trending higher with little pause since June of 2012, doubling in price since then. ILMN has been making higher highs and higher lows since early February, rarely pulling back to consolidate gains. The stock recently hit highs of around $85 before pulling back to current prices around $80.60. ILMN has good support at $80, and looks great on an intermediate- and short-term basis. We would be buyers here while the stock is healthy and hovering above its 50-day moving average. While we wouldn’t give it too long a leash, we would hold above $76.28 for a run to new all-time highs.
At the current price (~$80.50), or on a pullback to the 50-day moving average ($79.08).
Illumina is a developer and manufacturer of life science tools and integrated systems for the analysis of genetic variation and function. Illumina provides a line of genetic analysis solutions, with products and services that serve a range of interconnected markets, including sequencing, genotyping, gene expression, and molecular diagnostics. The company is organized in two business segments: life sciences and diagnostics. Its life sciences business unit includes all products and services related to the research market, namely the product lines based on its sequencing, BeadArray, VeraCode, and real-time PCR technologies. Its diagnostics business unit focuses on molecular diagnostics. Its customers include genomic research centers, academic institutions, government laboratories, and clinical research organizations. In February 2013, it completed the acquisition of Verinata Health, Inc. Effective July 23, 2013, Illumina Inc acquired Advanced Liquid Logic Inc.
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