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Here's The Latest Biotech Breakout

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Here's The Latest Biotech Breakout

Until the markets pullback a bit, investors and traders will ride this gravy train as long as it goes. Thanks to the market run-up a lot of stocks already seem somewhat extended. However, there are some stocks that are a little late to the party and are just now breaking higher.

For example, Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLDX) just recently broke out above its $18 resistance. In that period of time that stock has already hit a high of more than $21.

Another biotech name that just broke out this week, and whose chart looks very similar to Celldex, would be XOMA.

The company: XOMA Corp

Ticker Symbol: (NASDAQ: XOMA)

Sector: Health care

Industry: Biotechnology

XOMA discovers and develops antibody-based therapeutics in the United States, Europe and the Asia Pacific.

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The company’s proprietary products include XOMA metabolic activating, sensitizing, and antagonizing/deactivating antibodies that are in preclinical stage for the treatment of diabetes patients, a multi-antibody product for the treatment of human botulism poisoning and a topical anti-bacterial product for the treatment of human immune system.

Review the one-year chart of XOMA with the added notations:

After losing more than 60 percent of its value, XOMA finally found a bottom in May near $3.50 per share.

Since that bottom, the stock has been trading in a well-defined range between a low of around $3.60 and a topside resistance at $5. This sideways range appears to have been a basing process for XOMA.

Earlier this week XOMA broke through its $5 resistance and did so with a large increase in volume. High volume may add validity to a breakout.

When stocks form XOMA’s type of pattern and breakout, higher prices overall could be expected.

The stock closed Tuesday at $5.52.

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