Why Incyte Shares Roared Higher

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What: Shares of biotechnology firm Incyte (Nasdaq: INCY  ) jumped as much as 11% today, following the release of better-than-expected third-quarter earnings results.

So what: The big news here wasn't so much the earnings report -- which did provide a $0.03 EPS beat and revenue growth of 260.5% over the previous year, thanks to a $43.7 million in recognized Jakafi revenue -- as it was the company's updated guidance for Jakafi sales. Incyte upped the low-end of its sales forecast for Jakafi, which is being marketed with Novartis (NYSE: NVS  ) to treat moderate and high-risk myelofibrosis, to a range of $130 million-$135 million from a previous forecast of $120 million-$135 million.

Now what: Although myelofibrosis has relatively few cases each year (just 3,000 annually in the U.S.), the simple fact that it's an unmet need should allow Incyte to grab hold of the lion's share of the treatment market. In addition, Incyte also has a line of inflammation drug hopefuls on which it partnered with Eli Lilly (NYSE: LLY  ) , as well as an ongoing phase 3 trial for ruxolitinib, which treats a rare type of blood cancer. It may not seem like it now but, in my opinion, after producing another quarterly loss, Incyte offers investors good long-term potential, even after today's pop.

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