Pharmacyclics Shares Popped Again: What You Need to Know


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: Biotechnology company Pharmacyclics (NAS: PCYC) soared for a second day in a row -- this time by as much as 12% earlier in the trading session -- following an upgrade from TheStreet Ratings.

So what: I usually leave the right to poke fun at analyst upgrades and downgrades to Foolish colleague Rich Smith -- but this time I can't help myself. Pharmacyclics was upgraded this morning by TheStreet from a sell to a buy. Keep in mind, the stock has rallied about 400% over the past year and only today did the stock get upped to a buy rating. TheStreet Ratings believes its recent growth in revenue and income is a sustainable trend that investors should buy into.

Now what: I actually feel what could be funnier than the upgrade after a 400% run is the price target that TheStreet Ratings set on the stock -- $25.98. That's right... $25.98; just 3% higher than where the stock is currently trading! This more or less highlights the dangers of being sucked into the day-to-day gyrations that analyst upgrades and downgrades can cause on a stock. My advice is to stick with the same investment thesis you had on Pharmacyclics prior to today's upgrade.

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