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Reasons to Retain PacBio Stock in Your Portfolio Now

Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc. (NASDAQ: PACB), popularly known as PacBio, has been gaining from its continued focus on research and development. The optimism led by a decent first-quarter 2024 performance and its product development activities are expected to contribute further. However, stiff competition and macroeconomic concerns persist. In the year-to-date period, this Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock has lost 87.8% against 5.4% growth of the industry. The S&P 500 Composite also gained 15% in the same time frame. The renowned global provider of sequencing systems has a market capitalization of $373.1 million. The company projects 18% growth for 2024 and expects to maintain a strong performance in the future. PacBio's earnings surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters, with third-quarter earnings being in line, delivering an average surprise of 11.6%. Image Source: Zacks Investment Research Let's delve deeper. Focus on R&D: We are optimistic about PacBio's continued R&D efforts that focus on programs to develop new and existing platforms, as well as increasing throughput and decreasing costs on behalf of its customers. PacBio is working toward improving commercial execution to drive the adoption of both the Revio and Onso platforms. With respect to Onso, in the first quarter, PacBio scaled the manufacturing of the platform, enabling it to deliver instruments based on demand much more rapidly, which aided in its ability to sell the system. Per management, PACB is also developing a high-throughput short-read platform that is expected to enable the company to serve high-throughput labs with PACB's leading Sequencing by Binding technology. The company believes that it will be highly competitive in ...