By Deepta Bolaky
It might be difficult to stay optimistic in such plunging markets. Global equities are in a bear market and investors are moving away from riskier assets. Amid the mayhem, there may still be some buying opportunities if investors are selective about certain stocks.
We are facing a global pandemic that is slowly forcing major countries into lockdown and halting global activity. Investors are therefore tapping into sectors that offer bargains or where they see long-term growth opportunities.
The health care sector seems to be on investors’ watchlists. It should be highlighted not all health care stocks are performing the same way. Our attention turns to two stocks that have so far outperformed amid the coronavirus outbreak.
In the US markets, Moderna Inc. is standing out. As several companies are racing against time to create a vaccine for the COVID-19, Moderna Inc. is among the first to develop a vaccine against coronavirus.
For a relatively young and small company, the Massachusetts-based biotechnology firm has performed its first human trial of the coronavirus vaccine on Monday. Ever since they received funding from the CEPI to accelerate the development of messenger RNA Vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the biotech company became popular among investors.
Moderna Inc. is among the best-positioned mRNA company with 16 Phase 1 trial started and five out of their first five modalities demonstrating success in the clinic. As of writing, the company’s share price is currently trading at $26.57 after reaching an all-time high of $31.48 last week.
Source: Bloomberg Terminal
For the past month, the company’s share price is currently up by more than 40%!
The coronavirus vaccine could be a key turning point for the success of Moderna, which is yet to produce a proven product on the market using its mRNA technology.
Share Price & Information
|Moderna, Inc. is a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotechnology company focused on drug discovery and drug development based on messenger RNA (mRNA). In January, Moderna announced the development of a vaccine to inhibit COVID-19 coronavirus.|
|Market Cap: 8,741,616,884|
|Today’s High/Low: $29.81/$26.25|
In the Australian share market, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare Corp Ltd is among the best performers. The company is a manufacturer, designer and marketer of products and systems for use in respiratory care, acute care, and the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare’s share price added above 40% since the widespread of the COVID-19 (Year to Date). With a rise of 85% in the last 6 months, the company is currently the best performing stock of the S&P/ASX200.
While most companies are downgrading forecasts in this bear market environment, the company has issued two upgrades since the beginning of the year.
Vitera, a new full face mask used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea has outperformed in the early stages. The company also received clearance to sell the mask in the US sooner than expected which contributed meaningfully in driving its share price to new record highs.
The company also delivered a strong financial performance for the six months to 30 September 2019:
The COVID-19 outbreak has substantially increased demand for certain products, which has enabled the company to upgrade its revenue and earnings guidance for the financial year ended 31 March 2020 a couple of times since January.
Taking into consideration exchange rate revisions, the company is now expecting:
On the supply side, the fact that the company does not have a manufacturing facility in China, they are not expecting major supply disruptions.
Overall, the company is also making progress with other major initiatives and is establishing a presence in more countries while undertaking numerous other studies.
The continuous growth of Fisher and Paykel in the near and medium-term is looking promising.
By Deepta Bolaky
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