“Open…?” Vista Partners Daily Market Recap 10/9/19

By John Heerdink LinkedIn

All the markets apparently needed today was one word from the Chinese regarding the trade wars, “open”, and the game was back on. Mind you that the Chinese only suggested that they were open to a partial deal but again the markets these days seem to hold on to what they want to here and today partially being open means that we are moving forward and that it must be a good thing…

As a result, it was all “green” today across the board. The S&P 500 ended today’s session up by 26.34 points or .91% as it closed at 2,919.40. All eleven S&P 500 sectors rose today with the information technology sector leading the positive move as it jumped 1.5%. The Dow gained 181.97 points closing at 26,346.01 up by .7%. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite closed at 7,8903.74 up 1.02% or 79.96 points. The Russell 2000, the small-cap stock market index representing the bottom 2,000 stocks in the Russell 3000 Index grabbed 6.86 points up .47% and it ended trading at 1,479.46.

Treasury yields went up today. The 2-yr Treasury yield moved up to 1.46% up .04% & the 10-yr yield finished higher at 1.59% up .05%.

The U.S. Dollar Index closed flat at 99.13 moving.

Oil prices dropped .1%  $52.63/bbl. Chevron (CVX) closed at $113.14/share up 1.28%, Exxon (XOM) closed at $67.44/share up by 1.11%. Occidental Petroleum (OXY) closed at $40.84/share up .02%.

Gold prices closed at $1,509.45/oz up $6.20/oz. Silver closed at $17.88/oz up .08/oz. Hecla Mining Company (HL) closed at $1.97/sharedown 1.99% after Monday’s report that confirmed a 30% increase in Q3 silver production of 3.3 million ounces and gold production of 77,331 ounces & cash and cash equivalents of ~$33M an $24M increase over June 30th, 2019 with outstanding debt coming in slightly lower. First Majestic Silver (AG) closed higher at $9.86/share up 3.57%.

Volatility bets dropped sharply today.  The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) closed at $18.64/share down 8.09% or $1.64/share. The 2x leveraged ETF TVIX  closed at $15.04/share down 6.47% or $1.04/share and traded between $14.42 and $15.66 today.

Economic Reports

On Monday, we received the consumer credit report which showed a $17.9B move higher in August. On Tuesday, we received the Producer Price Index report for final demand has dropped .3% month/month in September. The index for final demand less food & energy dropped .3% too. We also learned that the NFIB Small Business Optimism Index for September has fallen to 101.8 from 103.1. On Wednesday, we confirmed that wholesale inventories moved up .2% month/month in August while wholesale sales did not change in August. The August Job Openings & Labor Turnover Survey confirmed that job openings went down to 7.051M. The weekly MBA Mortgage Applications Index jumped 5.4%.

Healthcare

The S&P 500 healthcare sector closed at 1026.94 up .69%. UnitedHealth (UNH) closed higher by .9% closing at $222.08/share, Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) closed at $52.08/share down .03% & Cigna (CI) gained 1.63% closing at $149.59/share.

INVO Bioscience, Inc. (IVOB) ended the day at $.30/share. Daily trading volume continues to rise in concert with their announcing progress after their exclusive U.S. partnership with Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a leader in the reproductive health industry was announced in Q1-2019. Ferring has committed to providing 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.  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.

INVO Bioscience (IVOB) announced on August 2019 that revenues for their most recent quarter totaled $658,638 compared to $110,210 in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of 498%. Revenue growth was driven primarily by increased product sales in the U.S. as shipments to Ferring were above expectations outlined in May 2019 as they began to increase their marketing activities. On January 14, 2019, the Company closed an exclusive U.S. licensing agreement with Ferring International Center S.A. the parent Company of Ferring Pharmaceuticals U.S. to commercialize the INVOcell™ system for use in the treatment of infertility. As part of the U.S. licensing agreement, the Company received a $5 million one-time milestone payment, with the ability to receive an additional $3 million upon obtaining a label enhancement from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

INVO Bioscience announced recently that the Company will exhibit at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2019 Scientific Congress & Expo on October 12-16, 2019 in Philadelphia, PA at booth #1807 and the 20th World Congress of the International Society for In-Vitro Fertilization (ISIVF) on October 24-26, 2019 in Barcelona, Spain at booth #15. Kathleen Karloff, Chief Executive Officer of INVO Bioscience, commented, “We are pleased to participate in these important international industry events. We are gratified with the growing global acceptance of our INVOcell technology. INVOcell opens the door to pregnancy and the development of families for a large number of couples where more traditional methods have not. We provide hope to those that have exhausted other options, and we do it with a more natural experience and in a more cost-efficient manner. We are proud to have developed an effective treatment that will increasingly occupy a unique position in the fertility treatment industry worldwide.”

Biotech

The Ishares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (IBB) moved higher by .14% to close at $97.75 & the NYSE Arca Biotech Index (^BTK) closed at 4,126.19 up .68%.

Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) closed at $129.23 down 2.0% today as a jury out of Philadelphia ordered them to pay $8B in damages to a man who used their antipsychotic Risperdal in his youth. The JNJ drug apparently caused a condition called gynecomastia which is the enlargement of breast tissue and failed to properly warn him of the risks.

Earlier this year Atossa Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ:ATOS), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company developing novel therapeutics and delivery methods for breast cancer and other breast conditions, reported final results from its Phase 1 dose-escalation study of its proprietary topical Endoxifen in male subjects. Atossa reported preliminary results from this study on September 13, 2018 and those results are now final. All objectives were successfully met:

  • Safety: There were no clinically significant safety signals and no clinically significant adverse events in participants receiving topical Endoxifen.
  • Tolerability: Topical Endoxifen was well tolerated at each dose level and for the dosing duration utilized in the study.
  • Pharmacokinetics: Blood samples showed no measurable Endoxifen.

“These positive final results support the further development of topical Endoxifen to treat breast health conditions in men, including a condition called gynecomastia, or breast enlargement and pain, which frequently occurs in men taking androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer,” commented Dr. Steven C. Quay, CEO and President. “We are also conducting a Phase 2 study using our topical Endoxifen in women with mammographic breast density (MBD) which we anticipate completing in the second quarter 2019. Once we have the results from the MBD study, we will determine next steps using topical Endoxifen to treat male breast conditions including gynecomastia,” added Dr. Quay. 

Atossa Genetics (ATOS) closed trading at $1.72/share on this 9th day of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Atossa announced a week ago Monday that it had reported preliminary results from its Phase 1 study of its proprietary modified-release tablet form of oral Endoxifen. The Phase 1 study was conducted in Australia. The objectives of the study were to assess safety and tolerability and to ascertain the pharmacokinetics of the tablet. The study was randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled with both single and multiple-doses (daily for 14-days) in two groups with a total of 24 healthy female volunteers. Atossa’s oral Endoxifen capsule served as the comparator. Based on the number of women with MBD and the number of patients who have survived breast cancer but are not fully benefiting from taking tamoxifen, Atossa estimates that the potential markets for its proprietary formulations of Endoxifen could potentially exceed $1 billion in annual sales. All objectives were successfully met:

– Safety: There were no unexpected and serious adverse events; no clinically significant adverse safety signals; and no clinically significant adverse events in participants receiving the tablet form of oral Endoxifen. No participants withdrew or were removed from the study due to skin rashes and irritation or other adverse events (side effects).

– Tolerability: The tablet form of oral Endoxifen was well tolerated by each participant throughout the study.

Atossa also stated the following: These results demonstrate the suitability of the tablet form of oral Endoxifen for further clinical development.

“This was an important study because the results support advancing our modified-release tablet into a Phase 2 study to reduce mammographic breast density (MBD), which we plan to begin in the fourth quarter by contracting with a CRO,” commented Dr. Steven C. Quay, Ph.D., M.D., CEO and President of Atossa. “We will continue our analysis of the Phase 1 data and plan to announce additional results in the coming weeks. We also recently completed a successful Phase 2 study of our topical form of Endoxifen in which a significant reduction of MBD was achieved among study participants who applied the stronger dose of topical Endoxifen. Our success with the topical Phase 2 study and now the successful Phase 1 study of the tablet, supports our plan to advance our proprietary tablet into a Phase 2 study to reduce MBD.”

Legislation has been recently enacted in approximately 35 states requiring that women be notified if they have mammographic breast density (MBD) and those notifications typically state that women with MBD have a higher risk of developing breast cancer, and that mammography may not be as effective in detecting breast cancer because the MBD can “mask” the detection of cancers. In February 2019, Federal legislation was enacted that requires that the FDA adopt rules requiring that mammography reports include information about breast density and inform women about their breast density. It is estimated that approximately ten million women in the United States have MBD, for which there is no FDA-approved treatment. Although oral tamoxifen is approved to prevent breast cancer in “high-risk” women, it is used by less than 5 percent of women with an increased risk of developing breast cancer because of the actual or perceived side effects and risks of tamoxifen. Atossa Genetics believes its Endoxifen may provide an option for women to proactively reduce the density of their breasts. Moreover, the company’s Endoxifen may improve mammography accuracy and patient care by unmasking cancerous tumors that are otherwise obscured by high breast density.

Neubase Therapeutics (NBSE) closed at $4.85/share. Neubase is a biotechnology company developing next-generation antisense therapies to address genetic diseases. BTIG recently picked up coverage with a BUY rating and a target of $15/share.

Tech & Entertainment

Apple (AAPL) closed at $227.03/share up 1.17% as optimism continues to grow with regard to the new iphone models and new streaming entertainment offering, Alphabet (GOOG) closed at $1202.31/share up 1.11%, Facebook (FB) closed at $179.85/share up 1.18%, Microsoft (MSFT) closed at $138.24/share up 1.89%, NVIDIA (NVDA) closed at $180.71/share up 1.96% & IBM closed at $139.67/share up .93% while Cisco Systems (CSCO) gained .97% finishing at $46.84/share. Disney (DIS) closed at $129.33/share rising .67% and Netflix (NFLX) closed at $267.53 down 1.18% and Amazon (AMZN) closed at $1,721.99/share up .97%.

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