Grab Gilead Sciences Stock Before Its Next 66.5% Climb (Nasdaq: GILD)
November 03, 2015 at 05:00 AM EST
Sometimes Washington triggers a stock move that can hand us outsized gains. That's exactly what happened with Gilead Sciences Inc. (Nasdaq: GILD). In March 2014, U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) lashed out at the cost of Gilead's newly approved Hepatitis C (HCV) drug, Sovaldi. Sovaldi runs $84,000, or $1,000 a pill. But Waxman missed the obvious. Sovaldi (and its newer version Harvoni) cures 90% of HCV patients. That means patients can avoid the need for a liver transplant - an operation that runs $250,000 if an organ donor is found. And that price doesn't include antirejection drugs and antibiotics people must take for the rest of their lives. Still, Gilead sold off on fears that its high cost would make Medicare look to another HCV drug maker with a less expensive solution. GILD stock lost 13% of its value in a matter of days. Wall Street was dead wrong... Medicare actually spent $4.6 billion on Hepatitis C treatments in the first six months of this year. That's almost as much as the agency spent in all of 2014. Gilead accounted for 66% of all covered prescriptions. And since April 2014, Gilead has gained 66.5% - more than four times that of the S&P 500. Simply put, Gilead dominates the HCV sector. And as I'll show you today, opportunities for the firm are growing faster... Tags: $GILD , biotech stocks , GILD stock , Gilead sciences stock , Nasdaq: GILD To get full access to all Money Morning content, click here About Money Morning: Money Morning gives you access to a team of ten market experts with more than 250 years of combined investing experience – for free . Our experts – who have appeared on FOXBusiness, CNBC, NPR, and BloombergTV – deliver daily investing tips and stock picks, provide analysis with actions to take, and answer your biggest market questions. Our goal is to help our millions of e-newsletter subscribers and Moneymorning.com visitors become smarter, more confident investors. Disclaimer: © 2015 Money Morning and Money Map Press. All Rights Reserved. Protected by copyright of the United States and international treaties. Any reproduction, copying, or redistribution (electronic or otherwise, including the world wide web), of content from this webpage, in whole or in part, is strictly prohibited without the express written permission of Money Morning. 16 W. Madison St. Baltimore, MD, 21201. The post Grab Gilead Sciences Stock Before Its Next 66.5% Climb (Nasdaq: GILD) appeared first on Money Morning - We Make Investing Profitable .