Month: October 2020

2 Top Healthcare Stocks That Jumped Last Week

Last week wasn’t a great one for the overall stock market, but it worked out well for investors holding some of the best stocks in the healthcare sector. 

Company (Symbol) Price Change During Week Ended Oct. 23, 2020  Market Cap
Align Technology (NASDAQ:ALGN) 40% $37 billion
Kodiak Sciences (NASDAQ:KOD) 26% $4.3 billion

Data source: Yahoo! Finance.

Here’s what drove these stocks higher, and why they can probably keep on climbing.

1. Align Technology: A big rebound 

Translucent braces are increasingly popular, and this company markets a leading brand, Invisalign. Shares of Align Technology shot up last week after the company reported third-quarter revenue that rose 20.9% year over year to $734 million.

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Efforts to contain the global COVID-19 pandemic led Wall Street to assume much of Align’s business would be gobbled up by its main competitor, SmileDirectClub (NASDAQ:SDC), which

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Global Shipping’s UN Climate Talks Fail Amid Threats Of A Walkout

The UN agency responsible for setting climate targets for global shipping, was left red faced today, as delegates pushed measures that broke the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.

After a week of talks, delegates at the UN’s International Maritime Organization failed to agree to targets that would meet the Paris Agreement, as they had originally agreed to do in 2018, a deal the shipping industry hailed as ‘historic’ and which 100 countries had voted on.

Even worse, what emerged today was that IMO will not be imposing any meaningful penalties for ships that fail these weaker greenhouse gas standards. So today’s conclusion to the week

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Align Soars as Analysts Rave About Third-Quarter Earnings

Align Technology  (ALGN) – Get Report was getting rave reviews from analysts Thursday after the maker of Invisalign teeth straighteners beat Wall Street’s third-quarter earnings expectations. 

Shares of the San Jose-based medical device company were surging 34.8% to $453.

Evercore ISI analyst Elizabeth Anderson wrote in an investors’ note that Align Technology “knocked it out of the ballpark” in the quarter.

“Align’s results show continued dental recovery in the U.S.,” Anderson said. “Strong top-line revenue beat, plus much higher-than-expected aligner revenue bodes well for the global recovery, and third-quarter growth likely benefitted from a strong teen season.”

Align Technology reported net income of $139.4 million, or $1.76 a share, compared with $102.5 million, or $1.28 a share, a year ago. Adjusted earnings were $2.25 a share.

Revenue totaled $734.1 million, up from the year-ago figure of $607.3 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had forecast earnings of 64 cents

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Valentina Isakina Joins Bold Penguin’s Advisory Board | Ohio

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Rapidly growing commercial insurance technology provider Bold Penguin announces today it has appointed Valentina Isakina to its Advisory Board. As an accomplished global executive, Isakina offers world-class expertise that will support Bold Penguin’s business and talent growth goals. She also brings decades of relevant experience advising businesses and leadership teams at Fortune 100 insurance companies, financial institutions, and governments.

“Valentina brings a tremendous amount of global experience as we continue our strong pace of growth.” – Ilya Bodner, CEO

“We seek and value insight from the mentorship that our advisory group brings,” said Ilya Bodner, founder and CEO of Bold Penguin. “Valentina brings a tremendous amount of global experience as we continue our strong pace of growth.”

Isakina’s previous roles include advisor for the Office of Tony Blair, strategy for Nationwide Insurance, and consulting roles at McKinsey & Company

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One More Reason to Buy Micron Technology Stock

Micron Technology (NASDAQ:MU) investors are likely worried after the company announced that its business will take a hit on account of lower information technology (IT) infrastructure spending and restricted shipments to Huawei.

Management’s guidance for the current quarter was muted, sowing seeds of uncertainty about the direction the memory market might take in the coming months. But the memory specialist is sitting on lucrative tailwinds such as the growth of 5G wireless networks that could help the company regain its mojo. And now, Micron investors can count on another potential boost in the form of a rebounding PC (personal computer) market.

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The PC market is showing signs of life

PC sales have increased lately as the coronavirus pandemic has forced people to remain indoors, triggering a shift toward remote working and online education. According to Gartner, PC shipments in the third quarter

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) – COVID-19 Has Sent The Need For Chatbots Skyrocketing. Is The Technology Ready?

The story of chatbots could have been written—and, indeed, was being written—without the help of a global pandemic. 

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, some estimates had pegged the chatbot market would grow from $2.6 billion to $9.4 billion in the next five years. This projected growth was mostly attributed to increased adoption rates and improvements in AI and natural language processing technology. 

But in the span of a few days in March, bank branches closed, call centers cleared out, and most other customer service-adjacent workers were sent home, forcing businesses to suddenly confront a virtual-only reality. 

Where Chatbots Stood Pre-Pandemic

Most early examples of chatbots as we know them can be traced to technology companies like Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) (Siri) and IBM (NYSE: IBM) (Watson), as well as business-to-consumer websites like Expedia Group Inc (NASDAQ: EXPE) and Alaska Air Group Inc (NYSE: ALK). Each of

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