Amgen laying the groundwork for growth, RBC says; shares +3.8%

|About: Amgen Inc. (AMGN)|By:, SA News Editor

Good things could be ahead for Amgen (AMGN +3.8%), RBC analyst Michael Yee writes, believing the company has been laying the groundwork for growth through pipeline renewal, the effects of which should become evident in mid-2014.

In the near term, the firm says shares could be range-bound as investors await the ASPIRE interim analysis in mid-2014; removal of this overhang should allow AMGN to embark on a ‘new product story” supported by Phase III PCSK-9 data and eventual approval; Phase III readout for AMG-416 (hyperparathyroidism) and Brodalumab (psorasis) and Phase II proof-of-concept data in migraine prevention (AMG-334); and Phase III anti-sclerostin data in 2015.

AMGN has climbed 48% during the past 12 months, a fine showing but lagging Biogen’s 116% rise, Gilead Sciences' 111% gain, and even the SPDR S&P Biotech ETF’s 67% advance.