Best stocks to buy for the week ending Sept. 26, 2014:Last week for Money Morning Members, we highlighted 9 stocks that bring readers the "best of the best" to boost their portfolios in the fall months.
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One of the reasons biotech stocks can be your portfolio’s biggest winners is because of the massive profits companies see after releasing a blockbuster drug – especially with the exorbitantly high prices of this year’s new treatments.
Best stocks to buy for the week ending Sept. 19, 2014:Last week, U.S. market history was made when Alibaba debuted as the biggest IPO of all time. While we like BABA stock, it's not the only way to profit.
You can find all of last week's recommendations here in our newest list of the best stocks to buy now.
Since April 11, Gilead Sciences (Nasdaq: GILD) has scored peak gains of a 74.2% - or more than 175% annualized gains.
Some investors don't want to risk it all during a sell-off - but they still want to take advantage of the growth biotech stocks offer.
For investors looking for the best penny stocks to buy, the biotech sector offers some of the best investment opportunities on the market.
Despite the fact that biotech stocks have been up and down in 2014, Money Morning's Bioscience Investment Specialist Ernie Tremblay sees great profit opportunities for the rest of 2014.
Usually the best stocks to buy have not already tripled in value within the past six months.
But then there's Intercept Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: ICPT).
This biotech stock soared more than 500% in two days on the news its innovative and promising hepatitis drug obeticholic acid, or OCA, had a trial stopped early because the drug met the goals of the study.
Bulls have refused to be distracted by some negative news that has pushed the stock back under $300 in the meantime.
In bioscience investing, binary catalysts are milestone events that signal a thumbs-up or thumbs- down for an experimental drug as it makes its way through the regulatory process.
Positive catalysts can send a share price soaring. Negative ones can send it into a nosedive.
Perhaps the least understood of these catalysts are FDA Advisory Committee (a.k.a. AdCom) recommendations.
But they're also among the most powerful.
Here's what I mean, and how to play them profitably... Full Story
The FDA's Expedited Programs help get promising new therapies for seriously ill patients approved as soon as possible.
But they also create an unintended side effect that's a huge advantage for investors: They point exactly to the biggest money-making opportunities in the bioscience industry.
They're like big, green, neon signs that say, "This is an important drug with incredible profit potential."
And this is how you find them... Full Story
Our roundup of the best stocks to buy last week gave Money Morning Members more than a dozen plays in 2014's most profitable sectors.
One pick involves a possible healthcare merger that would combine two industry titans. The duo would create an industry powerhouse with a market cap near $300 billion. Another play revolves around one of the most highly anticipated, and possibly biggest, initial public offerings ever. And a special report from our small-cap trading specialist showed readers a technique for uncovering investment winners today.
One strategy experts use when looking for the best biotech stocks to buy is finding companies with promising drug candidates that are close to receiving regulatory approval. When these drugs hit the market, they can bring in billions in revenue.
When companies have multiple promising drugs in their product pipeline, they become even more attractive because they have more than one shot at finding a revenue blockbuster.
When Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (NYSE: VRX) and activist investor Bill Ackman made an unsolicited $46 billion bid to purchase Botox maker Allergan Inc. (NYSE: AGN) last week, investors got a glimpse of just how big the Botox market is globally.
And that had us pointing to our "Stocks to Buy" list...
<strong><em>Money Morning</em></strong>'s Defense & Tech Specialist Michael A. Robinson has been recommending a biotech stock that develops similar specialty products for dermatological applications. And it could see huge gains soon...
Investors looking for stocks to buy in 2014 have had an abundance of new options as 94 companies have gone public this year, according to Renaissance Capital.
The average return for those 94 companies since their IPO date is 9%. But some stocks have far outpaced the average, and are still at great buy-in points even after huge gains.
There's no sugarcoating it: Biotech stocks have had a rough run in the past month.
But when other investors are running for the hills, Money Morning experts are finding profit plays. With biotech stocks trading lower, there are excellent buy-in opportunities on valuable biotech companies.
Orphan drugs offer some of the best profit plays in biotech as the have extremely lucrative markets cornered.
Some analysts feel that the biotech sector's recent tumble is evidence of the biotech bubble bursting.
But they're wrong; the market is simply in a period of adjustment.
The premise behind the bubble idea is that biotech companies as a group are overvalued, that their market caps aren't supported by performance. In other words, that their perceived value is all smoke and mirrors.
In the pharmaceutical industry, a "blockbuster" is any drug that brings in $1 billion or more in revenue per year.
It's the prize that every biotech hopes to win - and every biotech investor hopes to cash in on.
So how do you spot one in the making? If the market suspects a drug candidate has blockbuster potential, catalysts (events like positive clinical study results and regulatory milestones) will give its manufacturer's share price a big, big boost.
There is no crystal ball that's 100% accurate when experimental drugs are concerned, but here are some telling questions that can narrow your search...