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“Little Russell’s Day!” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 6/27/19

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.

It was the Russell 2000’s day today as the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index moved up nicely by 1.9%.  The balance of the markets struggled to find there way again today as it awaits the over reported G-20 Summit -President Trump – Xi Jinping meeting to happen at the end of the week.

The S&P 500 bumped up 11.4 points and closed at 2,924.92 up .38% on the day. The Dow lost 10.24 points closing down .04% at 26, 526.58. The tech-heavy Nasdaq proved to be a somewhat positive mover ending up .73% closing at 7,967.76 up 57.79 points.

Volatility bets closed a bit lower again today & within a relatively tight trading range. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed higher at $15.82 off 2.41% or $.39/share. It traded between $15.66- $16.40. The 2x leverage ETF TVIX also closed lower at $19.39 down 2.81% and traded between $19.15 and $19.93 today. The US Dollar Index was flat today ending the day at 96.22.
The 2-yr treasury yield ended at 1.74% (-.04) & the 10-year Treasury note closed up at 2.01% (-.04.) Oil prices ticked higher at $59.37/bbl up .1%.  Dow 30 energy participants Chevron (CVX) moved lower by .66% closing at $123.11 & Exxon (XOM) closed at $75.82 down 1.02%.

Institutional alternative asset manager Och-Ziff Capital Management Group (OZM) closed at $21.63 jumping 2.37%. The 52-wk range is $8.60 – $23. OZM sports a  5.65% cash dividend. Los Angeles-based Colony Capital (CLNY) a leading global investment management firm with assets under management of $43 billion closed at $5.02 up 4.15%. CLNY pays an 8.78% cash dividend.

The health care sector bounced today after its recent pullback this week and after President Trump signed another executive order earlier this week that is seeking to make health care costs more transparent to patients. The S&P 500 healthcare sector closed at 1068.53 up .62%. Change Healthcare Inc., a leading independent healthcare technology platform, announced yesterday after the close that they priced its initial public offering of 42,857,142 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $13.00 per share and its concurrent offering of 5,000,000 of its 6.00% tangible equity units (“Units”), with a stated amount of $50. The offerings are expected to close on July 1, 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. The completion of the Units offering is conditioned upon the completion of the common stock offering, but the completion of the common stock offering is not conditioned upon the completion of the Units offering. Change has granted the underwriters in the common stock offering a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 6,428,571 shares of common stock. Change has granted the underwriters in the Units offering an option to purchase, within a 13-day period beginning on, and including, the date of the initial issuance of the Units, up to an additional 750,000 Units. The shares and the Units began trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market today, under the symbols “CHNG” and “CHNGU,” respectively. CHNG shares rose to a high of $15.19 and closed at $15/share up 15.38%. Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH) one of the largest publicly traded hospital companies in the US hit an intraday high of $2.62/share & a low of $2.53 today and closed the day at $2.58 up .78% on 1.23 million shares of trading. More insider buying occurred recently as Michael Dinkins bought shares at $3.168/share on 5/28/19 according to the latest Form 4 filed at Michael Dinkins has served on our Board of Directors since December 2017. Mr. Dinkins has served as president and chief executive officer of Dinkins Financial, a consulting firm that helps small businesses gain access to capital, since October 2017. See our story more details: INSIDER BUYING ALERT: Community Health Systems, Inc. (CYH) Director Michael Dinkins. The Ishares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) moved higher by 1.38% closing at $107.28. This sector has been on more than healthy run over the last 30 days but has slowed the last couple of days. The 52-wk range is $89.01 – 122.97.
Atossa Genetics (ATOS),  a Seattle-based biotech firm developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods to treat breast cancer and other breast conditions, soared today to a high of $3.25/share and closed today at $2.58 up 15.70%. The average daily trading volume is 634,850 shares per day.  The sharp rise came about as Atossa announced that a preliminary analysis from its recently completed Phase 2 study of the company’s proprietary 20mg daily topical Z Endoxifen (“Endoxifen”) showed a significant and rapid reduction in mammographic breast density (MBD). Studies by others using tamoxifen have demonstrated that density reduction induced by tamoxifen is associated with a significant reduction in breast cancer incidence. See complete story.
Bedford, Massachusetts-based Stoke Therapeutics is a biotechnology company pioneering a new way to treat the underlying cause of severe genetic diseases by precisely upregulating protein expression. On Wednesday last week, Stoke Therapeutics announced the pricing of its initial public offering (IPO) of 7,891,110 shares of its common stock at a price to the public of $18.00 per share. The shares are now trading on The Nasdaq Global Select Market as of June 19, 20,19 under the symbol “STOK.” Stoke’s stock traded as high as $30 last week prior to closing trading at $28.86/share up 9.28% today. See complete story.   INVO Bioscience, Inc. (IVOB) ended the day at $.3679 as daily trading volume continues to rise in concert with their announcing progress post announcing their exclusive U.S. partnership with Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the reproductive health industry. Ferring will provide the necessary sales and marketing resources to more fully develop the market in the United States. There are countless couples not able to receive reproductive treatments today, and Ferring can be instrumental in addressing the unmet needs of this cohort. Ferring has the industry experience, relationships and the marketing capabilities to successfully embed the INVOcell in clinics throughout the country. We look forward to their market expansion for many years.”  IVOB is a medical device company, headquartered in Sarasota, FL focused on creating simplified, lower cost treatment options for patients diagnosed with infertility. The company’s lead product, the INVOcell, is a novel medical device used in infertility treatment that is FDA cleared and that enables egg fertilization and early embryo development in the woman’s vaginal cavity. IVOB also announced last week news of their recent appointment of Pressly Ahammed as the new Director of International Business Development and he will be responsible for the Company’s international distribution channels in Europe, Middle East, Africa & parts of Asia. Ahammed joined IVOB from Cooper Surgical where he held a similar position. See complete story. Pfizer (PFE) closed higher at $43.43  up 1.02% after last week’s announcement about their acquisition of Array BioPharma (ARRY) for ~$11.4 billion or $48/share in cash.  See complete story. The pharmaceutical giant and Dow component Merck & Co, Inc. (MRK) that recently announced the acquisition of Tilos Therapeutics for a consideration of up to $773 million closed at $83.83 up by .35%.
San Diego-based biotech Fate Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FATE), dedicated to the development of programmed cellular immunotherapies for cancer and immune disorders,  closed at $20.44/share up 4.71% on 643,223 shares of trading after establishing a new all-time intraday high of $20.49 and near its 52-week high of $20.65. The 52-week range is $8.64 – $20.65. Guggenheim Securities initiated coverage on FATE last week with a “Buy Rating” and a $25/share price target. Scott Wolcho, President and CEO of Fate Therapeutics presented at the Jefferies 2019 HealthcareConferencee in New York yesterday. Roth Capital initiated coverage on FATE with a Neutral rating and a $20 price target last Friday, June 7th. Mizuho initiated coverage with a price target of $27/share this week.
Boston-based Pieris Pharmaceuticals (PIRS) closed at $4.43 down .89% on 151,229 shares of trading. The stock traded between $4.38 & $4.54 today and the 52-wk range is $2.39 – $6.55. Xeris Pharmacueticals, Inc. (XERS) closed higher at $10.75 up 1.22%. Xeris is a specialty pharmaceutical company leveraging its novel formulation technology platforms to develop and commercialize ready-to-use injectable and infusible drug formulations.

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