Gilead Sciences (GILD) Stock Climbs, Citi: Hepatitis C Sales to Improve - TheStreet

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Gilead Sciences (GILD) - Get Report were gaining in early afternoon trading on Friday as Citigroup said sales of the company's hepatitis C products could improve due to contributions from new treatments, Barron's reports.

Gilead's hepatitis C sales are still below consensus, Citi notes, but the franchise "is seeing some uptick in the last six to seven weeks as new starts are tracking slightly better than the beginning of the quarter."

New start sales in the month of September so far are up by 3% over August sales, Citi said, citing IMS Health data.

Third quarter sales for the company's hepatitis C prescriptions are tracking toward $1.78 billion to $1.85 billion, according to Citi. Consensus is looking for $2.13 billion in hepatitis C sales, the firm added.

Gilead Sciences is a Foster City, CA-based biopharmaceuticals company focusing on HIV, and hepatitis B and C products.

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TheStreet Ratings rated this stock as a "buy" with a ratings score of B.

The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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