Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Investors to Bush: We Like hESC

While the current president is reiterating his opposition to human embryonic stem cell research, investors are beginning to look to the future.

We have reported previously that the prospect of a favorable presidential change has eased some of the fears of stem cell investors. One further sign is the announcement today that UBS Investment Research upgraded Geron Corp. of Menlo Park, Ca., from neutral to a buy recommendation on its stock.

Thomson Financial
reported the move and said,
"'We think Geron could be an attractive U.S. presidential election year play, given that any change in the current administration is likely to create a more favorable environment overall for stem cell research efforts and funding,' said analyst Graig Suvannavejh.

"Suvannavejh also pointed to positive near-term catalysts such the filing of an investigational new drug application for Geron's stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury and an update on the company's partnership with Merck for telomerase-based vaccines."
Geron hit a 52-week high of $9.85 last May and a low of $4.40 last week. At the time of this writing, it was trading at $5.16.

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