Swine Flu Stock Rundown

April 27, 2009 12:29 PM EDT
Fears about the swine flu outbreak, which has caused over 100 deaths in Mexico and at least 40 cases in the U.S., is having widespread implications on various stocks today. Click here for the full report. Below is a rundown:

Negative Implications:

1. Food Stocks: Pork processors getting hurt on fears people will buy less pork. Smithfield Foods said it has found no clinical signs or symptoms of the presence of swine influenza in the company's swine herd or its employees at its joint ventures in Mexico.
  • Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) -7%
  • Smithfield Foods Inc. (NYSE: SFD) -12%
  • Zhongpin, Inc. (Nasdaq: HOGS) -7%

2. Travel Stocks: Travel stocks are getting hurt on concerns that people will cut down on travel and cancel trips due to fears of the swine flu.

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) -13%
  • Carnival Corp. (NYSE: CCL) -10%
  • UAL Corporation (Nasdaq: UAUA) -12%
  • US Airways Group, Inc. (NYSE: LCC) -16%
  • Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) -9%
  • JetBlue Airways Corporation (Nasdaq: JBLU) -7%
  • Continental Airlines, Inc. (NYSE: CAL) -11%
  • Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE: DAL) -12%
  • China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd. (NYSE: ZNH) -14%
  • China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. (NYSE: CEA) -8%
  • Claymore/NYSE Arca Airline (NYSE: FAA) -11%
3. Mexican Stocks: Fears about slowing economic activity due to the outbreak which started in and is most severe in Mexico.

  • iShares MSCI Mexico Investable Mkt Idx (NYSE: EWW) -6%
  • Mexico Fund (NYSE: MXF) -6%
  • Grupo Aeroportuario Del Sureste SA de CV (NYSE: ASR) -13%
  • Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico S.A.B. de CV (NYSE: PAC) -15%
  • America Movil S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: AMX) -7.5%
  • CEMEX, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: CX) -6%

Positive Implications:

1. Flu Treatment Stocks: Officals said the ilness is reacting to some currnent treatements, TAMIFLU and Relenza:

  • Gilead Sciences' (Nasdaq: GILD) +3.5%; makes royalties on TAMIFLU from Roche
  • GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK) +7%; markets Biota's Relenza.

2. Flu Prevention Products: Product used to prevent the spread of the swine flu.

  • Alpha Pro Tech (AMEX: APT) +34%; masks
  • Pure Bioscience (Nasdaq: PURE) +50%; disinfectants
  • Quidel Corp. (Nasdaq: QDEL) +5%; point-of-care flu tests

3. Speculative Treatment Stocks: Speculation of new vaccine or treatment

  • Novavax, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVAX) +105%
  • AVI BioPharma (Nasdaq: AVII) +16%
  • BioCryst Pharmaceuticals (Nasdaq: BCRX) +80%
  • Sinovac Biotech (AMEX: SVA) +34%
  • Hemispherx BioPharma (AMEX: HEB) +29%
  • Generex Biotechnology (Nasdaq: GNBT) +48%
  • Crucell NV (Nasdaq: CRXL) +8%
  • Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: PPHM) +12%
  • Celldex Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: CLDX) +5%
  • Luminex Corporation (Nasdaq: LMNX) +3%
  • Vical Inc. (Nasdaq: VICL) +14%

4. Drug Stores Stocks: Hopes people will stock-up on therapies and preventative items:

  • CVS Caremark (NYSE: CVS) +1.9%
  • Walgreen (NYSE: WAG) +1%
  • Rite Aid (NYSE: RAD) +12%

5. Blood Supply Stocks: Fears blood supplies could be tarnished by the illness:

  • Cerus Corporation (Nasdaq: CERS) +19%

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