Gilead Sciences announced better-than-expected earnings Wednesday, pushing shares higher. The results were driven by the launch of its new hepatitis C drug Sovaldi, which costs a staggering $1,000 per pill and generated $2.3 billion dollars last quarter.
"Sovaldi's profile has the potential to transform the treatment of hepatitis C. I couldn't be more proud of the teams at Gilead who rapidly brought this product to market," Gilead CEO John Martin said during the company's earnings conference call.
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"Clearly what Gilead has demonstrated is the strongest launch in pharmaceutical history," said Michael Yee of RBC Capital Markets.
Yee's firm has a price target of $96 per share on Gilead, more than 20 percent higher than current levels.
"The stock clearly is cheap on this year's earnings and next year's earnings," Yee said. "This company might earn 8 to 10 bucks a share next year. That makes the stock trading at an 8 to 10 P/E multiple. Significant discount to the market, significant discount to the peer group, yet the company is growing earnings up to 50 percent."
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JC O'Hara of FBN Securities agreed with Yee on the long-term technicals, but he warned that the short-term charts don't look as healthy, pointing out a critical level of resistance on the chart. "We're bumping our head against that critical level of $76. We can't get above it," O'Hara said. "Before we head higher, I think we need to head a little lower to entice people to buy the stock."
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RBC Capital Markets has a price target on GILD of $96 per share
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