Trade: Ionis Pharmaceuticals

Stock Ratings: 1 = buy at current stock prices, 2 = buy on a 5-10% dip in stock price, 3 = sell on a 5-10% increase in stock price, 4 = sell at current stock prices to raise cash.  Ratings are based upon 12-18 month outlook on stock direction and not necessarily related to moves I make due to financial positioning.

Today I added and filled my position in Ionis Pharmaceuticals.  I have come to the point between timing and the company's technicals that this is the best timing I may be able to hit.  The company announced its fourth quarter earnings results for Tuesday February 21 and with the stock pulling back during the day, I took my best chance to get the stock below $47.  I would have preferred $43, but that just didn't seem possible.  I feel it is likely we'll hear more about phase 3 results before or during this earnings call, as this has become a regular pattern from the company.  Since most of these readouts will have impacts on drugs that will likely go commercial this year, I feel the stock is more likely to rise off of these announcements than fall.  I believe the stock has potential to get to and through 52-week and all time highs over the next 12 to 18 months driven by a number of drugs going commercial while others in the pipeline continue through their own paces.

If I continued to micromanage the prices, I was likely to remain frozen and miss opportunities as I have in the past.  The overall market has been booming and could pull back, but for IONS, the stock hasn't performed in suit.  Therefore I felt like this was a comfortable move with the data I worked with.  The rest I leave to time and the company's ability to deliver.

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