Sunday, August 2, 2009

Mkts Flat, Stem Cells Down Friday 7.31

Friday 7.31.09: Dow +17@9,171..NAS -5.8@1,978.5..SP +.73@987.5

The markets were flat Friday without much happening. Stem cells were mostly down, 11 up, 20 down, 1 no change. INO rebounded 42% after falling by half Wednesday in a volatile week (still up 200% for the week. ANDS jumped 44%, and AEZS 22%.

Stem Cell Stocks (11 up, 20 down)
Big Winners: ASTM +4%, AFFX +5.5%, BEC +11.2%, OSTE +4.6%
Losers: ARIA -17.2%, GERN -7.7%

Swine Flu Stocks
AVII -3%, BCRX -1.8%, DVAX +2.2%, GILD +1.3%, INHX +4.6%, INO +42.2%, NVAX -4%, SIGA -1.6%, SVA +.9%

Other Biotech
Big Winners: ABAX +22.6%, AEZS +22% (5x vol), ANDS +44.4%, BMRN +10.8%, KVA +11.1%
Losers: ACAD -9.6%, ADLR -5.8%, AGEN -8%, ALKS -5.1%, CRME -4.3%, DSCO -5.9%, ELRN -15.2%, EXEL -9.3%, GENZ -7.8%, IMMU -13.2%, IRIS -7.8%, JAZZ -6.1%, MNOV -4.8%, NGSX -9.2%, OXGN -5.7%, PDLI -5.9%, SNTS -6.3%, SOMX -12.4%, TRIB -6.2%

Disclosure: long GERN, INO, ONXX. Added INO at 2.01 after its dip.

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