Friday was a big day for Vivus (NASDAQ:VVUS). At 2:22 pm, the company announced that the FDA had approved Stendra, also known as Avanafil, a new drug to treat erectile dysfunction. Stendra is a pill that patients take on an as-needed basis 30 minutes before sexual activity. The drug is marketed by Vivus.
The strange thing is, at 11:53 am, more than two hours earlier, the following Tweet crossed the wires:
Vivus $VVUS shares getting a lift on FDA approval of its ED drug Avanafil.
A search of related material from the theflyonthewall.com yields the following information:
April 27, 2012
April 27, 2012
Meanwhile, trading in Vivus was not halted by NASDAQ until 13:21 hours (1:21 ET), more than an hour after Coombs Tweet.
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So, what is going on here? How did Coombs come by this information? A follow-up Tweet provides some insight:
So, someone has some 'xplainin' to do.
And the impact on the stock's price? Here's the one-day chart for VVUS for Friday, April 27, 2012 courtesy Marketwatch.com.
It's clear that there was a burst of activity that took the stock to just short of $26.25 around 12:45 pm, followed by an abrupt $1.50 selloff and a rise back to just over $25.50 before trading was halted. Aberrant, to be sure.
What happened? Who knows? I'll let the SEC and FINRA sort it out.
Frankly, I am skeptical we ever will learn the answers.
The Daily chart for VVUS, courtesy StockChart.com, is below. The stock is approaching an overbought condition at the same time that the MACD has turned positive, suggesting it has room to run. The gap that opened last February appears to be a 'breakaway gap,' and so, I would not expect it to be closed.
The Weekly chart shows a stock that is already overbought, with an MACD suggesting that the smart money soon may begin distributing shares to weaker (retail) hands. This is not a time for retail investors to become adventurous.
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