Shares of Amarin (AMRN 12.40%) were tumbling 5.5% lower as of 10:40 a.m. EDT on Wednesday after falling as much as 7.2% earlier in the session. The decline came after Goldman Sachs downgraded the biotech stock from a neutral rating to sell and slashed its price target by $1 to $5 per share.
Investors shouldn't overreact to analysts' downgrades and price-target cuts. However, it's always a good idea to understand the rationale behind them.
In this case, Goldman Sachs analyst Paul Choi thinks that Amarin will experience significant pressure on U.S. Vascepa sales due to generic competition. Choi's view was based on conversations with physicians in the U.S.
This isn't a surprising take at all. Amarin itself reported relatively flat sales for Vascepa in the first quarter. The drugmaker also said that the introduction of generic rivals in the U.S. "created disruption" to Vascepa's growth.
The main thing to watch with Amarin going forward is its rollout of Vascepa in Europe (where the drug will be marketed as Vazkepa). Amarin plans to launch the drug in Germany before the end of the third quarter of this year. It's negotiating pricing in Europe on a country-by-country basis.
Editor's note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the new Goldman Sachs price target for Amarin was $1 instead of the price target being cut by $1 to $5. The Fool regrets the error.