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5-Star Biotech Stock Watch: Aegerion Pharmaceuticals

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5-Star Biotech Stock Watch: Aegerion Pharmaceuticals

The Nasdaq Composite got hammered Tuesday. The Russell was also slammed pretty hard.

The Russell, in particular, broke a key trendline of support, which implies more selling to come. And if you’ve been in the market this year then Tuesday's price action reminds you of March and April -- where all the small-caps and tech stocks got taken out to the woodshed.

In turn, several stocks broke lower and should continue lower with a potential market sell-off. Aegerion Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AEGR) is a biotech stock that certainly fits that description.

Aegerion develops and commercializes therapies for patients with debilitating rare diseases in the United States.

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The company’s products include JUXTAPID and LOJUXTA hard capsules, an adjunct to a low-fat diet and other lipid-lowering treatments in patients with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia.

Take a look at the 9-month chart of Aegerion with added notations:

 

 

Aegerion hadn’t been following the market, nor the biotech industry as a whole, for most of the year. More recently, the stock had not been able to “get off the mat”. So, an eventual breakdown probably wasn’t a surprise.

On Tuesday Aegerion broke its key support level of $30, which was also a new 52-week low. The stock is currently trading at $28.50 and should be moving lower overall from here.

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Aegerion isn't set to release earnings again until the end of July.

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