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Dynavax: The BioRunUp Trade Into An FDA Panel

Stocks in this article: DVAX

As the Heplisav FDA panel nears, I expect investor anticipation and speculation to increase causing Dynavax's share price to rise -- a nice set up for an 8-10 week BioRunUp swing trade. As always, make sure to close the Dynavax position before FDA releases briefing documents for the Heplisav panel on Nov. 12 -- two business days before the panel.

BioRunUp swing trading is also an effective biotech investing strategy for clinical trial data announcements. Nailing down the timing on a clinical trial swing trade is more difficult because companies rarely pre-announce a specific date for the release of data from studies. However, companies do often provide rough guidance i.e. late September or the fourth quarter.

Like with swing trades involving PDUFA dates, the knowledge that clinical trial results are pending tends to push biotech stock prices higher. The same phenomenon is at work: Investor hope and greed mix to create bullish momentum that accelerates as the expecting release of clinical data nears. BioRunUp traders profit by playing the run up in share price that precedes the release of clinical trial data. But again, remember the cardinal rule: Do not hold the trade into the event. If the swing trade works, a BioRunUp trader books a nice profit without having to risk worrying about whether a clinical trial produces positive results or not.

I've been able to turn a few thousand dollars into a few hundred thousand dollars in my personal trading account using the BioRunUp swing trading strategy. Subscribers to the trading community web site that I helped found have, collectively, booked millions of dollars in verified profits.

In future columns for TheStreet, I will be discussing the BioRunUp strategy in more detail with actionable trading ideas.

Messier is currently long Dynavax shares.

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Mark Messier is the founder of Messier is a DOJ-certified Criminal Intelligence Analyst and former IT professional, specializing in law enforcement applications. In April 2010, Messier founded the subscription-based stock-trading web site to share his biotech trading ideas with the online investor community. Messier enjoys spending time with his wife and two young boys and visiting his "home away from home" in Costa Rica.
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