September 11, 2023

TEVA: A Pharma Stock to Watch

Every week, I am invited on Business First AM with Angela Miles to discuss the market and give a stock pick. This week, I covered TEVA, a stock I have talked about a few times and one, full disclosure, we are positioned in.

First, about the company:

Teva Pharmaceuticals is an international pharmaceutical company headquartered in Israel. Founded in 1901, Teva is one of the world’s largest generic drug manufacturers. The company specializes in the development, production, and marketing of a wide range of generic and specialty pharmaceutical products.

Teva’s generic drugs are typically less expensive alternatives to brand-name medications, which can help make healthcare more affordable for patients and healthcare systems. In addition to generics, Teva also develops and manufactures specialty pharmaceuticals, including drugs for conditions such as multiple sclerosis, respiratory diseases, and central nervous system disorders.

Challenges legally resolved:

The company has faced its share of challenges and controversies, including legal disputes related to generic drug pricing and allegations of anticompetitive behavior. However, one big development occurred when TEVA reached a deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to settle the criminal price-fixing charges brought against Teva in 2020. Teva will pay a fine of $225 million over five years, with $22.5 million due each year from 2024 through 2027, and $135 million due in 2028.

The bad news is that this will impact on their bottom line. The good news is that the case is settled and done with.

The chart is fascinating. The resistance at 10.00 is clear on the daily chart. TEVA is one of the few instruments that has handily cleared its July 6-month calendar range high (green horizontal line). The 50-day moving average is about to cross or golden cross the 200-DMA and enter a bullish phase.

Since the earnings gap early August, price has consolidated. Our Leadership indicator shows TEVA beginning to outperform the SPY. Our Real Motion indicator, already in a bullish phase, is not quite at the early August high in momentum, so that is why we are waiting for a clearance of the price resistance at 10.00.

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ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY): 440 support, 458 resistance. Russell 2000 (IWM) 185 pivotal. Dow (DIA): 347 pivotal. Nasdaq (QQQ): 363 support, and over 375 looks better. Regional Banks (KRE): Another modern family member struggling here under 44. Semiconductors (SMH): 150-161 range to watch. Transportation (IYT): Needs to get back over 247 to look healthier. Biotechnology (IBB): Compression between 124-130. Retail (XRT): 62.90 the July calendar range low broke down-along with IYT-2 negative signs.


Mish Schneider

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Director of Trading Research and Education