Why Idenix Is Poised to Pull Back

Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biotechnology company Idenix Pharmaceuticals has received a distressing two-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Idenix and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.



Cambridge, Mass. (1998)

Market Cap

$649.7 million



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$34.9 million


CEO Ronald Renaud
CFO Daniella Beckman

Trailing-12-Month Return on Equity



$205.3 million / $0


Bristol-Myers Squibb
Gilead Sciences
Vertex Pharmaceuticals

Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 14% of the 234 members who have rated Idenix believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those bears, All-Star zzlangerhans, succinctly summed up the Idenix bear case for our community:

I find it difficult to value hepatitis C stocks but Idenix has risen sharply over the last three weeks without a clear precipitant that I can identify. The company announced plans for a phase II trial of all-oral combination of IDX719 and Janssen's simeprevir in their last earnings call, but this was fairly predictable after the announcement of the Janssen collaboration in January. Hepatitis C may still be an exciting and lucrative field but there's loads of competition and Idenix seems to be years behind in the development of all oral regimens.

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