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Grading the Twitterverse's 2013 Biotech Stock Picks

BOSTON ( TheStreet) -- Last January, I invited my Twitter followers to make their own biotech stock predictions for 2013. Let's check in to see whose crystal ball was in fine working order.

Amarin (AMRN) has been a big loser, which makes @Sport234a2b a big winner!

Nope, but Targacept (TRGT) is up almost 30% this year despite, basically, doing nothing. TRGT Chart TRGT data by YCharts

Cytokinetics (CYTK) closed Friday at $8.18, so you got that right, even after factoring in the 1-for-6 reverse stock split. No ALS data or partner yet and that heart-failure drug isn't looking so hot.


Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT - Get Report) a volatile stock? You betcha. We're still waiting for the actual eteplrisen filing and expected FDA panel, which are now 2014 events.

Amicus Therapeutics (FOLD) and Incyte (INCY) are still single.

Martin was kidding, I hope.

I hesitate to congratulate Ben for his prescient prediction because it will only swell his already-robust ego.

A.P. Pharma (APPA) is not enjoying 2013: APPA Chart APPA data by YCharts

But yes, the "A" drug launches pretty much suck, so good on 'ya!

MannKind (MNKD) the stock of the year? Not a chance, but shares are up 146% so you get half credit.

Excellent. You were spot on.

Too easy.

Nope. Very little hepatitis C deal-making this year, but Achillion Pharma's (ACHN - Get Report) sovaprevir ('1625) remains unpartnered. Correct.

Let's take a look at the year-to-date stock performance of the big-cap biotechs: CELG Chart CELG data by YCharts

Celgene (CELG - Get Report)... Booyah! Arena Pharma's (ARNA - Get Report) Belviq launch has been a near disaster. Half credit.

O-fer. Better luck next year.

I don't know what Opko Health (OPK) actually did this year to validate its diagnostics business, but the stock worked. OPK Chart OPK data by YCharts

Congrats. Well done.

Vikram wins best prediction of 2013.

It has been a good year for deal making, maybe not as much as M&A as you predicted however.

The chart says: "Incorrect!" SGMO Chart SGMO data by YCharts

Nice call on Anacor Pharma (ANAC), but it does illustrate some of the absurd stock moves during this year's biotech bubble. ANAC Chart ANAC data by YCharts
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