Why Dynavax Shares Surged

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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of biopharmaceutical company Dynavax Technologies climbed 10% today after the company's quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock has been crushed recently on ongoing delays surrounding its hepatitis-B vaccine, Heplisav, but today's second-quarter beat -- EPS loss of $0.09 on revenue of $3.4 million versus the consensus loss of $0.10 and $2.91 -- is fueling a bit of optimism over a near-term turnaround. Of course, given the still-very low visibility on the time and costs associated with the Heplisav issues, Fools shouldn't get too excited over the quarter.

Expect Dynavax shares to remain pressured in the short term. As Foolish biotech expert Sean Williams wrote last month:

I suspect it could be another 18 months before Heplisav again sees the light of day. By then, Dynavax will have burned through what I suspect will be all of its remaining cash, forcing it to turn to a potentially dilutive secondary offering.

When you add the fact that Dynavax doesn't have any other approved products to lean on, those risks just don't seem worth taking on.  

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The article Why Dynavax Shares Surged originally appeared on Fool.com.

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