Thursday, December 13, 2007

Biogen-Idec (BIIB), from one extreme to the other in no time!

On Ocotber 16th, shares of Biogen-Idec (BIIB) gained $13 to hit $82 based on rumors that the company had put itself up for sale. That day I recommended an aggressive sell because of the price tag and uncertainties around finding a possible suitor. (Here is the Link to that article)

Today Biogen-Idec announced that it did not find a buyer and it was going to continue as a stand alone company. BIIB shares lost about $20 and was trading as low as $54, much lower than its share price before all the rumors began when the stock was in the $60s.

I like BIIB once again based on valuations and oversold technical conditions. The company is expected to earn over $3 share in 2008 which puts the forward PE at a cheap 18. Tysabri, their expensive treatment for MS, will continue to gain momentum in 2008 and the company expects to have 100,000 patients enrolled by 2010.

Disclosure: The author has a long position in Biogen-Idec.