SIGA Technologies Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of bio-defense specialist SIGA Technologies (Nasdaq: SIGA  ) surged as high as 26% in intraday trading Tuesday after a unit of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services advised it that it is issuing a new request for proposal to procure 1.7 million courses of a smallpox antiviral.

So what: The contract also includes an option to procure up to 12 million additional courses and naturally represents a huge opportunity for the small cap SIGA. Wall Street analyst Wedbush Securities even recommended that investors aggressively buy shares on the attractive odds that the reissued RFP will, indeed, lead to a contract win for SIGA.

Now what: Fools know never to buy anything on the expectation of large short-term profits. While SIGA Chairman and CEO Dr. Eric Rose believes SIGA is "well positioned to meet the Government's needs," the company is still simply too young and unprofitable for most investors. With SIGA's shares having now more than doubled over the past year and trading at steep price-to-sales ratio of 27, the decision to steer clear is that much easier.

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  • Report this Comment On February 22, 2011, at 6:11 PM, LearLover100 wrote:

    Bu, bu, the Fool was so happy when it was decided that SIGA was "other than small". Poor SIGA, for The Fool, they are both “too small” and “too big”. Oh, look! Your prejudice is showing!

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