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Top biotech stocks to watch in 2022

on Dec 29, 2021
  • Biotech stocks often rely on new product launches for their stock price to rise significantly.
  • Moving into 2022, some stocks will continue to benefit from products launched in 2021.
  • Sage Therapeutics, CRISPR Therapeutics and Novartis are some of the top picks to look out for.

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The year 2021, was relatively mixed for biotech stocks with some posting significant gains while others pulled back dramatically. However, moving into 2022, we could see a significant rebound based on products launched in 2021, or in anticipation of new product announcements.

Sage Therapeutics

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Sage Therapeutics Inc. (NASDAQ:SAGE) schizophrenia and major depressive disorders. The company reported on the 15th of September that the FDA had granted Fast Track Designation to its drug SAGE-718, paving the way for the company to develop the drug as a potential treatment for Huntington’s disease.

The stock trades at an attractive P/E ratio of 3.73, making it an exciting option for value investors. Moreover, analysts expect Sage’s earnings to grow by more than 185% this year, before rising at an average annual rate of 41% over the next five years.

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Technically, Sage Therapeutics shares seem to be trading within an ascending channel formation in the intraday chart. As a result, the stock has advanced to trade above the 100-day moving average.

However, given its exciting valuation, anticipation for new product development and growth prospects, investors could target extended gains at about $46.06, or higher at $49.17, while $40.21 and $36.92 are crucial support zones.

CRISPR Therapeutics AG

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CRISPR Therapeutics AG (NASDAQ:CRSP) develops treatments for diseases in the areas of oncology, regenerative medicine, and hemoglobinopathy. 

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Its partnership with Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ:VRTX) helped propel its meteoric revenue growth in 2021, setting it well for momentum investing in 2022. The stock trades at a reasonable P/E ratio after plunging more than 50% since June.

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Technically, CRISPR shares seem to be trading within an ascending channel formation in the intraday chart. However, the stock recently pulled back to find the trendline support, creating an opportunity for a technical rebound.

Therefore, investors could target extended rebound profits at about $83.04, or higher at $89.90, while $69.84 is a crucial support level.


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Novartis AG (OTCMKTS:NVSEF) is another stock that plummeted significantly before mounting a late rebound towards the end of the year. Novartis shares fell by more than 15% between the 17th of August and the 13th of December, before rallying nearly 10% to trim the year-to-date declines to just over 7%.

Therefore, investors will be looking forward to the recovery continuing in 2022, given the company’s exciting valuation of 13.24 in the forward P/E ratio.

Source – TradingView

Technically, Novartis shares seem to be trading within a sharply ascending channel formation in the intraday chart. 

However, although the stock has surged into overbought conditions, investors could still target profits at about $89.29 and $90.93, amid its compelling forward P/E, while $86.35 and $84.44 are support levels.


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