Why Novavax, Inc. Shares Popped Today

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What: Shares of biopharmaceutical company Novavax  (NASDAQ: NVAX  ) climbed 10% today after its quarterly results topped Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock has soared in recent months on optimism over Novavax's development progress, and today's Q4 results -- net loss of $14.1 million on a revenue spike of 92% -- only reinforce those good vibes. In fact, Novavax ended 2013 with $133.1 million in cash and marginal debt on its balance sheet, giving analysts plenty of confidence in its ability to fully fund its RSV vaccine in the U.S.

Now what: Don't expect the operating momentum to slow anytime soon. "This year we plan to report top-line results from our ongoing RSV and influenza studies, initiate our first RSV clinical trial in pregnant women and report top-line results from the first study of our H7N9 avian influenza vaccine candidate with our Matrix-M adjuvant," said President and CEO Stan Erck. "These will be important milestones for these programs for which I anticipate continued success in 2014." Of course, with the stock up more than 90% over the past six months, much of that success might already be baked into the valuation.

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