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Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, biotech giant Gilead Sciences (NASDAQ: GILD  ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Gilead, and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.

Gilead facts



Headquarters (founded)

Foster City, Calif. (1987)

Market Cap

$85.1 billion



Trailing-12-Month Revenue

$10.0 billion


Chairman/CEO John Martin

President/COO John Milligan

Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)



$1.9 billion / $8.0 billion


Bristol-Myers Squibb 



Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.

On CAPS, 97% of the 2,253 members who have rated Gilead believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.

Just yesterday, one of those Fools, TMFTailwind, succinctly summed up the Gilead bull case for our community:

Very profitable company, and I expect [Gilead's] streak of profitability to continue to increase. No significant patent expiration until 2018. With the current success in the HIV market, if the company can find success in a new category via R&D efforts, this could turn out to be a big winner.

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  • Report this Comment On June 01, 2013, at 11:52 AM, TMFBlacknGold wrote:

    No patent expiration until 2018 and the drug to replace it (Stribild) is a 4-in-1 drug that's already on the market and contains the drugs losing exclusivity. Peak sales expected to be near $5 billion. Boom!


  • Report this Comment On June 02, 2013, at 1:47 AM, mondaymedia wrote:

    I am currently in a 24 week trial of Gilead's new Hep C drug combination Sofosbuvir/GS-5885, without interferon or Ribavirin, under the guidance of a major hospital.

    [note: I asked if I was under any terms of confidentiality, and was told that I could talk about my results - much to my surprise]

    I have been through several Hep C drug trials over the last 10 years, but always with negative results.

    In all of the previous studies I participated in I had to take interferon and Ribavirin which produced horrific side effects - like I was coming down with a bad flu all day, every day. It slowly lowered the viral load, over the course of 8 weeks or so, but it never went to zero.

    In this current trial, my viral load went like this:

    Prior to trial - 6 million

    Week 1 - 153

    Week 2 - 35

    Week 3 - 0

    It's been zero ever since, AND, with virtually no side effects.

    I think I'm in the 14th week now, and will continue for a total of 24 weeks. I was told that those with lower viral loads went to zero in the first week.

    In previous trials the failure to achieve Sustained Viral Response (where the virus was cleared, but re-emerged after they stop taking the drugs) is thought to be caused by the virus "hiding" in scar tissue in the liver, that the blood-borne drugs can't reach.

    To me, if this proves true, it would indicate that all patients facing liver transplant should be given this drug before the operation. Otherwise, the blood borne virus will re-infect the new liver.

    I bought the stock as soon as my viral load went to zero - at around $40 per share.

    I'm thinking about buying more.

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