Why Sarepta Therapeutics Shares Popped


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What: Shares of Sarepta Therapeutics jumped as much as 15% today after research firm Cowen initiated coverage on the biotech company.

So what: Cowen lit a fire under Sarepta today by initiating coverage on the company with a rating of "outperform." The move comes just two weeks after the JPMorgan Healthcare Conference where Sarepta laid out its next steps for readying commercial production for eteplirsen, its Duchenne muscular dystrophy drug that performed exceptionally in mid-stage trials.

Now what: It remains to be seen whether the FDA will grant accelerated approval of eteplirsen given its results, which crushed the placebo, but, to agree with my Foolish colleague Brian Orelli, the FDA definitely should! Eteplirsen not only slowed down the progression of the disease, but actually showed walking improvement after 48 weeks in some patients -- that's phenomenal and all the more reason to believe this orphan drug is headed for an accelerated approval.

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