A Big Upgrade for Celgene

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Enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Celgene (Nasdaq: CELG  ) recently to upgrade it from its long-held four-star rank to a tip-top five stars. With 1,048 members giving an opinion on Celgene, there's plenty of analysis and commentary explaining the recent optimism.

While CAPS members have fingered diversified conglomerates like Procter & Gamble (NYSE: PG  ) and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ  ) as their best recession-proof stocks, biotech companies can also be a great place to be invested during bear markets because patients need drugs no matter what the state of the economy. As such, Celgene, Genentech (NYSE: DNA  ) , Amgen (Nasdaq: AMGN  ) , and other top biotechs already have or are expected to report strong second-quarter sales.

Celgene has topped a list of other biotechs, including Immucor (Nasdaq: BLUD  ) and BioMarin Pharmaceutical (Nasdaq: BMRN  ) , that have soared with triple-digit percentage gains over the past five years. These gains were fueled by approved cancer drugs Thalomid and Revlimid, which helped Celgene grow revenue by 56% to $1.4 billion in 2007. With its $2.9 billion acquisition of Pharmion completed earlier this year, Celgene has picked up bone marrow disease drug Vidaza. The new drug, combined with a larger sales force, has the potential to leverage several successful drugs off each other to further grow sales. A solid contingent of CAPS members see more success in the future, too: More than 95% of the 1,048 members rating Celgene expect it to outperform the market.

To see what the highest-rated CAPS members are saying now about Celgene -- as well as other winning stocks they are picking -- head on over to CAPS and have a look. The community research and resources in CAPS are totally free, unlike analyst opinions reserved for paying clients.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock recently upgraded his office with water-conserving foliage. He owns shares of Johnson & Johnson and is the author of The Qualcomm Equation. Johnson & Johnson is an Income Investor pick. BioMarin Pharmaceutical is a Rule Breakers recommendation. The Fool's disclosure policy lives life on the edge.

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