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Recent Stock Pick
Human Genome Sciences (NAS: HGSI)
Heartland Payment Systems
Nuance Communications (NAS: NUAN)
Score is how many percentage points that pick is beating the S&P 500.
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Hiding in plain sight
Even if Benlysta isn't going to hit billion-dollar blockbuster status, we're getting a sense of how big the market could be for the lupus treatment as Human Genome Sciences reports slow and steady improvement in sales. Revenues for the biotech more than doubled YOY, to $45.5 million, as Benlysta alone contributed almost $26 million and rumors continue that it's a takeover target. Previously it was suggested that marketing partner GlaxoSmithKline (NYS: GSK) wanted to buy it out for $25 a share, but after a slow rollout for Benlysta, no firm buyers have yet emerged.
As the first new treatment for lupus in 50 years, Benlysta should see a ramp-up in demand, particularly if the U.K.'s government-run healthcare system changes its mind and pays for the cost of the treatment. Currently it's got limited opportunity there, because regulators don't see its benefits as outweighing the costs, but that's still a preliminary decision, and further negotiations with Glaxo could ultimately see Benlysta accepted.
With the rest of the world pretty much on board, however, investors are backing HGS, and 80% of the CAPS members rating it believe it will go on to outperform the broad indexes. Add Human Genome Sciences to your Watchlist to see if it can turn this opportunity into a blockbuster deal.
Down but not out?
It's only a couple of days shy of two months since I voiced concerns about Nuance Communications' acquisitive nature -- it bought six companies in 2011 and five the year before that - and now it's gone out and bought its first one for 2012, offering over $300 million for Transcend Services (NAS: TRCR) . While its stock price would seem to laugh in the face of the investing notion that takeovers routinely destroy value for the purchaser, it still makes it difficult to value the business because of all the moving parts.
Many investors, however, were hanging their investment hats on Nuance making it into the new iPad, since providing Siri's voice on the iPhone 4s cemented its relationship with Apple (NAS: AAPL) . It turns out, however, that the next-gen iPad instead offers only simple hands-free transcription, not Siri's further helpful assistance (even if it does sound like the disembodied voice of Omid Malekan's animations that explain complex topics such as "the quantitative easing" and gave rise to phrases like "the Bernank").
Although I've rated Nuance to underperform the markets over the long haul because of its penchant for rolling up the industry under its roof, another Foolish colleague, Anders Bylund (TMFZahrim on CAPS), isn't concerned that Nuance has given back some of its recent gains.
Nuance hit a little speed bump and investors are treating it like a spike strip? Fine by me -- the company is a human-to-machine interface juggernaut that is just getting started. The long-term opportunity is larger than ever, just hidden behind those lumbering but unstoppable long-term mobile agreements.
Add the speech recognition specialist to your Watchlist and let us know on the Nuance Communications CAPS page if you agree it will be able to talk itself out of this little setback.
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