Biotech Stock Mailbag: Exelixis, Protalix, Arena
BOSTON (TheStreet) -- David Sobek, political scientist, amateur biotech investor and widely followed Twitter commentator (@dsobek) writes that Exelixis(EXEL) is an under-appreciated and under-valued biotech stock, particularly given some updates on the prostate cancer drug cabozantinib expected at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting in June.
I appreciate Sobek's perspective on Exelixis but told him (via Twitter) that he's fighting against Wall Street biotech investors and their generally dim view of cabozantinib's potential. That makes it tough for Exelixis bulls like Sobek to win.
Exelixis shares were trading around $12 in the run up to last year's ASCO meeting but have since slumped to less than $5. To help explain why Exelixis has fallen and isn't getting up anytime soon (say the bears), I've asked a veteran Wall Street biotech investor -- and a longtime source -- to lay out his negative thesis for cabozantinib in this week's Biotech Stock Mailbag. His job prevents him from going on the record, so let's just call him Bio-investor X. And while he's not short Exelixis, you can assume that he's in the short-selling camp on this stock.
Remember, every stock -- biotechs included -- has a bull and bear thesis. You can't make an informed investing decision without knowing what the other side thinks.
As background, Exelixis is conducting two phase III studies of cabozantinib ("cabo" for short) in advanced prostate cancer. The company's plan is to use data from both studies to seek regulatory approval.