Crista Huff

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Stocks in the News is produced by Ransom Notes Radio and Goodfellow, LLC. Crista Huff manages Goodfellow LLC, a website that recommends outperforming stocks using fundamental and technical analysis.            

Stock number one is:

Valeant Pharmaceuticals and Actavis Inc., (SYMBOL: VRX, ACT) and the headline says:  Merger of drugmakers Valeant, Actavis on hold  (Reuters)

Talks of a $13 billion acquisition of Actavis Inc. by Valeant Pharmaceuticals are currently on hold as both sides spar over pricing.        

Valeant is a rapidly growing specialty drugmaker, in the areas of dermatology, neurology and ophthalmology.  Valeant’s earnings are expected to grow 24% this year, and the PE is 13.6.      

Actavis develops and markets generic and branded pharmaceutical products.  Its earnings are projected to grow 35% this year, then slow dramatically thereafter.  The PE is 12.9.  Based on earnings growth and chart patterns, …        

Our Ransom Note trendline says:  BUY VALEANT PHARMACEUTICALS and HOLD ACTAVIS.

VRX Chart

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Stock number two is:   

Gilead Sciences Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., (SYMBOL: BMY, GILD) and the headline says: Gilead-Bristol Hepatitis C Drug Combo Cures All in Study (Bloomberg)       

Crista Huff

Crista Huff is a retired stockbroker from a NYSE member investment firm. She writes about market-timing at Goodfellow LLC and is active politically.
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