Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Pharma News

Pharma News Drives Sector

Somewhat of a reversal of fortunes has befallen major healthcare middlemen this week, and for them it’s good news. The Trump administration is doing a 180° on proposed changes to drug rebates that would have cost the healthcare industry.

The development is causing healthcare stocks to rise here in the premarket, and a few that have caught our eye in particular, are UNH, CI, and CVS. Each of these plays is flying high in early trading, so what we’re going to look for is a classic dip-and-rip scenario. Profit-taking right out of the starting gate should drive these stocks down off of their lofty premarket highs, and that’s when where we come in with the following ideas.

CVS Health Corp. CVS Weekly $57-58.50 Calls
Cigna Corp. CI $167.50-175 Calls
United Health Corp. UNH $250-255 Calls 


Extended Watchlist:
PCG, NAVB, TRNX, OMER, ATOS, HTGM, DPLO, KBLB

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Stock Updates

Catalyst Pharma Inc. CPRX

We saw a very impressive new high for a stock that we’ve been tracking off of a bottom since February 8th. CPRX traded for as little as 2.36 that day, and has never looked back, spending most of the 7 weeks since then in a general uptrend that really kicked into high gear yesterday.

The stock ultimately reached 5.25 before closing just a penny below that point. That works out to an upswing of 122% in well under two months’ time.


Axsome Therapuetics, Inc. AXSM 

Speaking of stock runners, we called out AXSM for observation just last Thursday, and wanted to drop back in on it to comment regarding its performance thus far. From a low of 11.75 on Thursday morning, the stock has now reached as high as 16.38. That’s a relatively modest but still very respectable gain of 39% in a span of just three sessions.


Extended Watchlist:
SRNE, BPTH, BE, VLRX, ZUO, ATOS, BOXL, VTL, RWLK, ZDGE

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: MCD Options & More


Baidu, Inc. BIDU – Update

On Friday morning, we had targeted the BIDU Weekly $250-255 Calls in the wake of the company’s quarterly earnings report, and while we didn’t see all the contracts in that range heat up, there was some very nice activity and a chance for a daily profit in the $250 Calls.

Those ran from a low of .46 and impressively hit a high of 2.97 for potential intraday gains of up to 546% which ended up working out to be one of our top plays of the week.
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Fresh Options Idea:
McDonalds Corp. MCD
Weekly $160-165 Calls



Aqua Metals, Inc. AQMS

We most recently tagged AQMS on April 4th, and after just a slight period of consolidation the stock found support and began a recovery which has covered a good amount ground this month.

From a low of 2.11 AQMS has traded as high as 3.56, a 69% increase in a matter of just a few weeks.


Extended Watchlist:
ARLP, SDRL, AKAO, WPP, FDC. TEUM, ATOS, DARE

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: Month-Long Runners

Geron Corp. GERN

It was just on Tuesday morning that we did a review of the performance of GERN, a stock we had initially tagged on February 5th. It had made considerable progress over a six week period, and after a fantastic session yesterday, the stock once again shot to new highs.

It ran all the way to an even 5.00, which from the 2.025 low we observed in early February, marks an increase of 147% This week has brought the highest volume, and now the highest PPS since 2015 for GERN. With the stock well into Blue Skies, we’re be interested to continue following its activity.


DURECT Corp. DRRX

Speaking of stocks on our radar that have enjoyed longer-term success, we want to talk about DRRX again this morning. We’ve been tracking this stock since mid-December (12/14), and in two separate runs here in 2018, we’ve seen it make fantastic progress.

We also included DRRX once again at the beginning of this month, and yet again on Tuesday of this week as the stock has continued to push its way further and further upward. This month alone it has risen from 1.2338 to a new high of 2.20, a gain of 78%

Subsequent to our original alert, DRRX registered a low of .875, and from there, yesterday’s high measures as a 151% increase.



NII Holdings, Inc. NIHD

In yet another month-long gainer, we have NIHD. We signaled out interest in tracking this play back on the last day of February and it has been steadily ramping its way up all month long.

We’ve witnessed a run from a low of 1.115, to yesterday’s new high of 2.28, marking a   104% intra-month move.


Fresh Options Ideas:

Petroleo Brasiliero S.A. PBR 03/23 $14-15 Calls
Conagra Brands, Inc. CAG 04/20 $35 & 36 Calls


Extended Watchlist:
ARQL, ATOS, OMER, RNVA, RSII, RXMD, TRHC, PRPO

Blue Horseshoe Stocks: OPK, CAT & More

Opko Health, Inc. OPK

We’re going to start things off this morning by highlighting a potential bottom-bounce play in OPK which is presently boasting a ripening chart setup.

Not only that, but we’ve got a Form-4 alert on this one as well, with CEO Phillip Frost purchasing 100,000 shares yesterday at 4.89. We generally take insider buying at a bottom, especially a strong double bottom like OPK is exhibiting, as a sign that a more sustained recovery could be on the way.

We’ll place this stock on watch in the days and weeks ahead as well as keep an eye on an options idea, the OPK 03/02 $5-6 Calls.


Caterpillar Inc. CAT

Speaking of options ideas, we wanted to submit one for CAT as well in the wake of its premarket earnings release, wherein the company reported a 35% sales increase and a solid beat on profits.

The stock is gapping up into blue skies this morning in the $175 range, so we’ll be looking for a classic early dip-and-rip, and tracking the CAT Weekly $170-175 Calls for potential quick-strike trades.


Extended Watchlist:
RMGN, ATOS, CLF, MYSZ, GALT MDZ, LODE