Few people recognize the importance of midterm elections in the U.S. and this notion presents a potential threat to the future of American democracy as we know it. Over the course of the last few weeks, we have witnessed events in the news with increasing severity, resulting in a nation guided by fear. Last week, a mass shooting took place at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, striking fear and pain in the hearts of the global Jewish community. One week prior, an individual sent packages containing improvised explosive devices to prominent political figures around the country.
How we, as a country, respond to these threats is largely dependent on the people we elect to represent our interests in government, as well as the legislation we agree, should be brought to the table. It is for these reasons, among many others, that the midterm elections are crucial for the fate of our nation. While we are a nation built on the hopes and aspirations of its people, we are a nation funded by capital and driven by a growing, healthy economy. Historically, the midterm elections have resulted in upward trends for the stock market.
In fact, according to comparative statistics, since 1946, there have been eighteen midterm elections and stocks have improved in the following months after every single election. Since World War II, whether a Democrat signed the White House Lease and the Grand Ol’ Party got hella congressional, the market has always positively responded to the events of the midterms.
Election Results and Market Trends
According to Forbes, stocks have climbed an average of 18./4% in the nine-month period from Sept. 30 through June 30 of the following year. Analysts point out that given we are 75% through the current presidential term, usually the strongest year for the market, the midterms on Tuesday will potentially bode well for investors.
As for the method to this madness, political analysts offer a simple theory. Every President from Barack to Bush, and back, more than anything, wants to be reelected. Whether they want to further their legacy or make good on promises to “bring our troops” home, the leaders of our country want to stay in office as long as possible. One of the biggest indicators of success for a country is the strength and wellness of their economy and who else but the President can assure this takes place? Naturally, a stimulated economy causes the stock market to react positively, thus pleasing investors, who then laud the current President with impressive approval ratings.
Boom, reelection. It’s a predictable, yet effective cycle.
Of the nineteen presidents who’ve sought reelection since 1900, fourteen found success. If my junior high math skills are sufficient and intact, that’s a 73.6% chance that President Trump will be reelected if he chooses to go for the gold in 2020. Jeff Somer, a political contributor for the New York Times, argues that given the reelection history for presidents coupled with midterm-market correlations, the second half of a presidential term is the best time to sweeten the economy as reelection looms shortly after. After the disastrous October the market endured, both company executives and investors are hoping that the midterms repeat their 70-year pattern and bring the stock market back to life.
“Markets will be closely watching the upcoming midterm elections as shifts in the balance of power in Washington could have meaningful implications for fiscal policy and foreign relations.”
–Niladri Mukherjee, Director of Portfolio Strategy, Merrill Lynch
Tuesday’s midterm elections are expected to give Democrats control of the House of Representatives and keep Republicans safe in the Senate. Though this creates a diametric split in the legislative branch of government, economists believe the legislative gridlock “won’t necessarily weigh on the markets or real economic growth.”
The bottom line is Americans need to get out and vote. If you’re interested in seeing fiscal policy passed by legislators, do everything in your civil power to elect representatives who will see to it that these laws come to pass.
Given the historic correlation between the health of the US economy and the success of the stock market, it would be foolish not to voice your opinion, but, ultimately, that choice is up to the individual.
3 Penny Stocks Looking To Change The Biotech Industry
The world of biotech investing can be tricky. That’s particularly true when it comes to small-cap stocks in the industry. These companies often have terrific science, but no profits and little revenue; if any at all. But biotech stocks can offer true potential for investors who know what to look for.
Perhaps the best strategy for gaining exposure to this space is to look at early-stage, small-cap biotechs. By doing so, you put yourself at the front-line for cutting edge, experimental companies that could one day hit it big. Given this, here are 3 small-cap biotechs working to evolve in the biotech industry.
GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP)
One company making groundbreaking developments in the biotechnology field is GT Biopharma Inc. (GTBP). GT Biopharma Inc. is an immune-oncology biotech company determined to create new treatments for cancer. In order to do this, the company leverages its proprietary TriKE technology to develop its pipeline. As of now, GT Biopharma has 6 treatment plans undergoing the clinical trial process.
So, what exactly is this TriKE technology platform? TriKE is actually an acronym for tri-specific killer engagers that are made to target NK’s or natural killer and tumor cells. Once they target NK cells, it binds to the CD16 receptor which makes a longer and stronger response compared to current treatment methods.
One use of TriKE has been to develop a way to target the HIV-Env protein. The design to do this is known as HIV-TriKE. As a matter of fact, the company recently announced data that showed the effectiveness of HIV-TriKE. It was shown that it enhanced NK cell cytokine production and effectively killed infected targets with HIV-Env.
“We are pleased to see how the TriKE™ technology is able to be extended to the treatment of infectious disease and is able to kill HIV in the reservoir.” Mr. Cataldo further stated, “We believe the HIV-TriKE™ will become part of a scalable and curative therapeutic strategy,” expressed Anthony Cataldo, CEO and Chairman of GE Biopharma.
Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNAT)
This next biotechnology company is known as Conatus Pharmaceuticals Inc. (CNAT). This company’s focus is different compared to GT Biopharma. It aims to treat chronic diseases that have a large unmet need. Its lead product candidate CTS-2090, inhibits IL-1β which treats inflammatory diseases.
In terms of news releases, the company has been slightly lackluster over the last two months. However, in early August Conatus released its Q2 financials which showed some profitability promise in its income statement.
Revenues increased and expenses decreased in Q2 2019 compared to Q2 2018 which significantly reduced the company’s net loss by $3.8 million. One potential hindrance factor in the financials could be Conatus’ consistently declining free cash flow.
Nuvectra Corporation (NVTR)
To top things off, we have a neurostimulation company known as Nuvectra Corporation (NVTR). The company has a commercial product called Algovita Spinal Cord Stimulation which treats chronic pain of the trunk and limbs. In addition to this, Nuvectra is awaiting FDA pre-market approval for its Virtis Sacral Neuromodulation which treats chronic urinary retention and overstive bladders.
Compared to Conatus, Nuvectra has produced recent news that investors can sink their teeth into. First off, the company appointed Jennifer Kosharek as CFO around a month ago. This is a strong appointment thanks to her 15+ years of accounting experience and other leadership positions with Nuvectra.
Furthermore, the company recently submitted its supplementary chemical composition and biocompatibility data to the FDA to support Virtis’ pre-market approval.
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Are These Biotech Names On Your October Watch List?
Over the past two decades, the biotech sector has been one of the best sectors to watch. If experts are to be believed, then it is likely to continue to be a hot sector for the foreseeable future. However, biotech stocks require research and that can help when it comes to making a list of biotech stocks.
Once that is done, the investor needs to track the companies closely. Then it’s easier to decide upon the best course of action. Here is a look at three biotechnology penny stocks this month.
Biotech Stocks To Watch: PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB)
If you’re looking at PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) at this exact moment, you’re seeing it before the company begins clinical trials and just as it’s preparing to complete its Investigational New Drug Application for the FDA. Whether you’re new to biotech stocks or a seasoned vet, you should understand how important milestones like this are for a company.
David A. Judd, a cellular biologist and a member of PharmaCyte’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, was recently interviewed. Right now, PharmaCyte Biotech (PMCB) is putting together the necessary material for its planned clinical trial for inoperable pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of cancer today. Though there has been a targeted focus on Pancreatic cancer with PharmaCyte, its diabetes application may also have promise according to Judd.
“I think diabetes is where this type of technology really lends itself to the application. The key is to develop the right type of cell line to treat Type 1 and insulin-dependent Type 2 diabetes. There are several cell lines being explored by PharmaCyte simultaneously to do this. Selecting the right cell line to become our leading product candidate to treat diabetic patients in need of insulin is key to the success of PharmaCyte’s Diabetes Program.”
Over the last week, shares of PMCB stock have jumped from $0.0319 to highs of $0.0367 on Friday.
Biotech Stocks To Watch: Hepion Pharmaceuticals (HEPA)
The next biotech stock to watch is Hepion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:HEPA). The company is involved in manufacturing medicines meant for liver conditions emanating from non-alcoholic reasons. The company announced that its research article has been published by the highly influential peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.
The paper in question is titled “A Pan-Cyclophilin Inhibitor, CRV431, Decreases Fibrosis and Tumor Development in Chronic Liver Disease Models.” The study shows that Hepion’s product CRV431 could well be a solution for treating chronic diseases of the liver. The paper also stated that the medicine is suited to address a range of therapeutic needs.
Once the news broke, the company’s stock started soaring and soared over 43% at $3.58, well off the session high of $5.59.
Biotech Stocks To Watch: Protalix Biotherapeutics (PLX)
The other biotech stock that broke out more this week is Protalix Biotherapeutics Inc (NYSE:PLX). The company released data from the BRIDGE Phase 3 clinical study of its product PRX-102 and the revelations have proven to be highly encouraging. Out of a total of 22 patients who had been enrolled for the study, the data was gleaned from 16 of them.
The patients in question had been treated with PRX-102 for 12 months. The medicine is meant for treating Fabry disease and it has been revealed that there was an improvement in the function of kidneys in the patients. The stock soared by as much as 75% on Thursday and should definitely be on the watch lists of most investors.
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Stock Price Newsletter – October 18, 2019
Biotech ETF’s Just Hit New Highs: 3 Stocks To Watch
The biotech sector has a plethora of stocks though. Therefore, an investor needs to put in the necessary research. On that note, here is a look at three biotech stocks to watch as sector stocks enjoy a bull run in October.
In Case You Missed It: Sernova (SVA) (SEOVF) Finds C-Peptide In Phase I/II Fasting Patient
Sernova Corp. (SVA) (SEOVF) has detected enduring levels of C-peptide (measured up to 30 days and continuing), a biomarker of transplanted beta cell insulin production, in the bloodstream of a fasting patient in its continuing phase I/II Cell Pouch United States clinical study of type-1 diabetes.
These Healthcare & Biotech Stocks Deserve Your Attention This Month
The positive results provided a break for the sector. Furthermore, healthcare stocks have risen by 5.7% this year. The entire index has seen a nearly 20 percent gain, according to The Wall Street Journal. With this in mind, healthcare and biotechnology stocks are in focus this month.
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