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Buyout Speculation Boosts This Biotechnology Stock

By  +Follow June 11, 2014 8:05AM
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While equity markets edged lower Tuesday, one small cap stock in the biotechnology sector surged, extending its gains from previous trading sessions. Shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ACHN) , a biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of treatment for infectious diseases, have surged in early trading on Tuesday on ongoing buyout speculation.

Stock Continues to Gain Momentum

After surging more than 47% in Monday’s trading session, shares of Achillion Pharmaceuticals gained another 83% on Tuesday to close at $7.79. The trading volume of 27.15 million is more than 10 times the daily average volume of 2.66 million. With the entire trading day still left, Achillion shares could see a significant spike in volume.

Achillion Pharmaceuticals shares have now gained more than 170% in the last three trading sessions. Despite the surge, the stock is still trading below its 52-week high of $8.49. However, the surge has pushed the small cap stock above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. The stock’s MACD has also crossed the signal line and the zero-line, which is a strong bullish signal.

Buyout Rumors Spark Rally

The rally in Achillion Pharmaceuticals shares has been sparked by rumors of a takeover. The takeover speculation began after Merck (MRK) announced the acquisition of the company’s rival Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc. (IDIX) .

Achillion Pharmaceuticals shares have got a further boost following news that the U.S. FDA has allowed the company to conduct trials in patients with hepatitis C.

Milind Deshpande, Ph.D., President and CEO of Achillion Pharmaceuticals, noted that the company remains focused on developing regimens using ACH-3422 and ACH-3102, its second-generation Phase 2 NS5A inhibitor. Deshpande added that the second half of 2014 will feature multiple milestones in that program. 

 

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microcaptrader
25 Oct 14 03:14:13
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25 Oct 14 02:31:10
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24 Oct 14 23:36:35
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Ben Silverberg
24 Oct 14 16:54:52
$ACHN Bullish MoMo, BB Squeeze and touching upper Band, S 11.15, R 13.22; slow and steady Hep C Play http://t.co/oK8tdU5Pyf
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24 Oct 14 14:38:49
RT @OptionsHawk: $ACHN pop, OTM Nov. 16 through 17 calls seeing some action
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24 Oct 14 14:33:11
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24 Oct 14 14:12:20
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24 Oct 14 13:28:00
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24 Oct 14 13:23:58
$ACHN - http://t.co/ssFlM61N2p http://t.co/QYc10NroBn #stockcharts
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24 Oct 14 12:51:07
tested a few long over last few days $TNET, $ACHN, lots of the other leaders working well now. $SPX extended but a few good bases out there
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24 Oct 14 12:47:14
Update: $ACHN now at +3.21% # $IBB #BiotechTraderHandbook--> http://t.co/0qUXjBVYVt
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24 Oct 14 12:41:19
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24 Oct 14 12:41:12
looking at potential small bios for take out picks, looking at $KERX, $ISR, $ANIP, $BONE, $NVDA, $ALXA, %KITE, $ACHN, pipeline & earnings to
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24 Oct 14 12:19:36
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24 Oct 14 12:12:54
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24 Oct 14 12:04:07
$ACHN Did Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Get Left Out in the M&A Cold? http://t.co/229eCiKrf5
A P
24 Oct 14 12:03:27
$ACHN daily chart http://t.co/tFQ5Ty8QzH
A P
24 Oct 14 12:03:26
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24 Oct 14 11:54:14
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24 Oct 14 11:38:17
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24 Oct 14 11:21:56
$ACHN daily chart http://t.co/obebXWasid
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24 Oct 14 11:01:14
$ACHN Did Achillion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Get Left Out in the M&A Cold? http://t.co/L6Vp9TFAhI
Taq888
24 Oct 14 10:33:32
Given nearly identical structure to Sovaldi and preclinical data, would place greater than 50:50 odds of 3422 success. $ACHN
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24 Oct 14 10:27:07
Keeping an eye on $ACHN for an entry on a cheat breakout
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24 Oct 14 10:18:28
@Investor666 if its not about crazy PT and hype $ACHN would be under 6, even if data is + most of the value is priced in at 1+B MC
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24 Oct 14 10:12:11
$ACHN Been hitting higher highs everyday. I think this will continue to move up in anticipation of Data due by 12/20
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24 Oct 14 10:01:39
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wsduckk
24 Oct 14 09:40:16
$achn doing what its best at ..slow climb ...rapid selloff
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24 Oct 14 09:04:23
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24 Oct 14 09:00:05
@adamfeuerstein do you like $ACHN?
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24 Oct 14 08:53:33
Weekly options on $ACHN ?
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24 Oct 14 08:37:17
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24 Oct 14 08:25:29
Again, patent issue of $ACHN 3422 nothing new. Sovaldi still in major patent dispute with $IDIX/$MRK/$ABBV.
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24 Oct 14 08:05:17
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24 Oct 14 07:01:49
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24 Oct 14 07:01:27
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