Rapid Gains Run Up DepoMed's Risk/Reward

The drugmaker's long-term prospects are favorable, but wait for a pullback to enter this name.
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We are closing our 1,000-share position in

DepoMed

(DEPO)

. The stock was recently trading at $6.95, up 3% for the day and 25% up from our cost basis.

DepoMed shares are now trading within 5 cents of our sell target price range of $7 to $8 a share. The stock has added 23% since mid-March, and we believe the near-term risk/reward is now skewed toward the risk side of the equation, given the company's lack of history as a revenue-generating entity and the execution risk associated with bringing new drugs to the market.

We remain positive on DepoMed's 12-month prospects, and would consider rebuilding our stake at some point. The company now has two Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved drugs on the market already: Glumetza for diabetes and Proquin for urinary tract infections. Also, the company will soon commence phase III trials for a generic version of Pfizer's pain medication Gabapentin, and positive data in the back half of the year could be a catalyst for the stock.

We will use weakness under $6 a share to consider adding shares of DepoMed back to the model portfolio.

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