Quarterly earnings from large biopharma companies like Johnson & Johnson and Novartis kicked off last week, revealing positive sales growth and raising 2023 guidance, causing their stocks to rise. In addition, Biogen, GSK, Roche, AbbVie, Bristol Myers Squibb, and Takeda are all expected to report this week.
Furthermore, investors are paying extra attention because new CEOs at some of these companies might change company strategies. In the meantime, close surveillance looks for signs of stability in the broader economy. However, the drug industry’s market performance has been relatively flat compared to the S&P 500 index gains, possibly due to future uncertainties such as a more aggressive stance on deal-making by the FTC and potential changes in drug pricing by the IRA. The pharmaceutical industry is currently trading at a 20% discount compared to the S&P 500 regarding price-to-earnings for 2024 forecasts.
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[Source: EndPoints News, July 24th, 2023]