While Trump was expected to be a proponent to free-market health care, drug company executives and observers warned that the President-elect could scrutinize prices as a populist issue.
“The passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, which enables the accelerated approval of drugs to treat conditions of high unmet need and antibiotics/antifungals under a special pathway, lightens the regulatory burden which, in certain cases, could be significant (e.g., more eteplirsen-type conditional approvals),” notes Rodman & Renshaw.
ETF traders whore are betting big on the biotechnology sector rebound have also utilized leveraged long options. For instance, the Direxion Daily S&P Biotech Bull Shares (NYSEArca: LABU), which takes the 3x or 300% daily performance of the S&P Biotechnology Select Industry Index, surged 81.5% over the past week.
Other options include the ProShares UltraPro Nasdaq Biotechnology (NasdaqGM: UBIO), which takes the 3x daily performance of the Nasdaq Biotechnology Index, and the ProShares Ultra Nasdaq Biotechnology (NasdaqGM: BIB), which takes the 2x performance of the same benchmark.
“M&A should moderate due to valuations and higher interest rates but could perk up if Mr. Trump follows through on his promises to permit the repatriation of offshore cash reserves and reduce corporate income taxes,” according to the Rodman & Renshaw note.
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