Why Endocyte 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, biopharmaceutical company Endocyte has received a distressing two-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Endocyte and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
West Lafayette, Ind. (1995)
Co-Founder/CEO Ron Ellis
Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)
$134.8 million / $62.1 thousand
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 10% of the 20 All-Star members who have rated Endocyte believe the stock will underperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Kudos to those who saw the opportunity when Endocyte was beaten down, as the share price rebounded once it became clear that the company would submit vintafolide for accelerated European approval regardless of the negative OS data and partnered the drug with Merck globally on very favorable terms. The stock has gapped up at regular intervals and the latest may be occurring as I write. Nevertheless, I think the valuation has become excessive given the possibility that CHMP might not wish to give a favorable opinion with the topline PFS data from the PROCEED phase III trial of vintafolide expected in H1 2014. Even if CHMP issues a favorable opinion, PROCEED will have to yield positive PFS and likely OS data to maintain approval and have a strong commercial impact. I missed the easy money here but those more fortunate would be wise to take at least some of their profits off the table.
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