Biotech Stocks on Investors' Radar -- Gilead Sciences, Aurinia Pharma, Mast Therapeutics, and Novavax

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Drug News
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NEW YORK, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- today has initiated reports coverage on Gilead Sciences

Inc. (NASDAQ: GILD), Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: AUPH), Mast Therapeutics Inc. (NYSEMKT: MSTX), and Novavax Inc. (NASDAQ: NVAX). These companies belong to the Biotech industry, which serves the medical, agricultural, environmental, and industrial
markets. Biotech firms differ from conventional drug makers in that they utilize natural ingredients, as opposed to synthetic ones. Learn more about these stocks by downloading their comprehensive and free reports at:

Gilead Sciences

On Tuesday, shares in Foster City, California headquartered Gilead Sciences Inc. saw a slight decline of 0.96%, ending the day at $66.06. The stock recorded a trading volume of 7.36 million shares. The Company's shares are trading below their 50-day moving average by 3.06%. Moreover, shares of Gilead Sciences, which discovers, develops, and commercializes medicines in the areas of unmet medical needs in Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia, India, and Middle-East, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 35.98.

On April 07th, 2017, Gilead Sciences announced that the US FDA has approved supplemental indications for Harvoni® (ledipasvir 90 mg/sofosbuvir 400 mg) tablets and Sovaldi® (sofosbuvir 400 mg) tablets for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus infection in adolescents without cirrhosis or with compensated cirrhosis, 12 years of age and older, or weighing at least 35kg. GILD complete research report is just a click away and free at:

Aurinia Pharma

Shares in Victoria, Canada headquartered Aurinia Pharmaceuticals Inc. ended the day 1.64% higher at $6.80 with a total trading volume of 2.46 million shares. In the previous three months and on an YTD basis, the stock has surged 188.14% and 223.81%, respectively. The Company's shares are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 14.35% and 85.46%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of Aurinia Pharma, which engages in the development of a therapeutic drug to treat autoimmune diseases in Canada, have an RSI of 50.08.

On April 11th, 2017, research firm Cantor Fitzgerald initiated an 'Overweight' rating on the Company's stock, with a target price of $14 per share.

On April 17th, 2017, Aurinia Pharma announced that it has signed a Definitive Agreement granting Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the US and Canada, worldwide rights to develop and commercialize Aurinia's patented nanomicellar voclosporin ophthalmic solution for the treatment of dry eye syndrome in dogs. The complimentary report on AUPH can be downloaded at:

Mast Therapeutics

At the close of trading on Tuesday, shares in San Diego, California headquartered Mast Therapeutics Inc. finished 5.50% lower at $0.13 with a total trading volume of 4.63 million shares. The stock has advanced 30.50% in the last one month and 45.00% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading above their 50-day moving average by 6.13%. Additionally, shares of Mast Therapeutics, which develops therapies for serious or life-threatening diseases with significant unmet needs, have an RSI of 53.33.

On April 11th, 2017, Mast Therapeutics announced that Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. and Glass, Lewis & Co., LLC have both recommended that Mast stockholders vote "FOR" the proposed merger with Savara Inc. and the related proposals in the Company's proxy statement/prospectus/information statement for the special meeting of its stockholders to be held on April 21st, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. PT. Sign up for your complimentary research report on MSTX at:


Gaithersburg, Maryland headquartered Novavax Inc.'s shares recorded a trading volume of 6.09 million shares at the end of yesterday's session. The stock closed the day 5.74% lower at $0.83. The Company's shares are trading below their 50-day moving average by 36.36%. Additionally, shares of Novavax, which focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of recombinant nanoparticle vaccines and adjuvants, have an RSI of 19.05. Get free access to your research report on NVAX at:


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