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April BDI-40 Up 7% To Record $19.7b
ASX Up 3.5%, Big Caps 3.7%, NBI 3%

Optiscan Up 115%, Actinogen 69%, Imugene 59%; Mesoblast Down 16%

 May 3, 2021

The benchmark S&P ASX200 was up 3.5 percent to 7,026 points, up 27.2 percent compared to 12 months ago, but still below the pre-Covid 7,017 points (see charts below).
The BDI-40 was 17.5 percent above its pre-Covid record high and 39.9 percent above April 30, 2020 (see charts below).
The collective market capitalization of the three Big Caps of Cochlear, CSL and Resmed (which are not included in the BDI-40) was up 3.7 percent in April, with Cochlear up 6.5 percent to $14,774 million, Resmed up 3.6 percent to $38,079 million and CSL up 3.3 percent to $124,471 million.
For the 12 months to April 30, the Big Caps were down 0.6 percent.
In the US, the Nasdaq Biotech Index (NBI) climbed 3.0 percent in April, 24.7 percent above April 30, 2020.
Twenty-one of the BDI-40 stocks were up, 11 by more than 10 percent; 17 companies fell in April, seven by more than 10 percent; with two unchanged.
It was a tale of two indices, with the Second 20 seeing some extraordinary rises from small bases. Last month’s 91.2 percent best, Actinogen, was second best in April to Optiscan’s 114.7 percent jump to $277 million, eclipsing Actinogen’s 69.2 percent rise to $110 million.
Imugene was up 58.8 percent to $907 million, Universal Biosensors was up 40.7 percent and Next Science improved 29.8 percent, with Pharmaxis the best of the Top 20, up 18.75 percent, followed by Pro Medicus (14.3%), Immutep (13.6%), Polynovo (12.6%), Amplia (10.7%) and Clinuvel (10.5%).
Mesoblast led the falls, down 15.7 percent to $1,187 million, followed by Telix (12.6%), Genetic Signatures (11.7%), Prescient (11.4%), Patrys (11.3%), Starpharma (10.8%) and Kazia (10.4%).
Outside the BDI-40, Anteo was the star, up 74.1 percent to $815 million, with Alcidion and Emvision continuing strong growth and three marijuana companies – Creso, Ecofibre and Incannex – also impressing.
The 22 companies in Cannabis Corner were up 10.8 percent to a collective market capitalization of $1,973 million, eclipsing the February record high of $1,945 million.
On the Nasdaq, Queensland’s Protagonist climbed a further 10.2 percent to $1,647, - 475.9 percent above April 30, 2020. Eyepoint (formerly Psivida) was up 3.6 percent to $398 million and Redhill (with Australian assets) fell eight percent to $412 million.
BDI-40 v S&P ASX200 Jun 30, 2006 to Apr 30, 2021 
5-Year Big Caps (Cochlear, CSL, Resmed) to Apr 30, 2021

BDI-40 ($m) v S&P ASX200 – Jan 31, 2020 - Apr 30, 2021 
(current, raw data)



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* Biotech Daily editor, David Langsam, owns shares in Acrux, Actinogen, Alcidion, Alterity, Amplia, BTC Health, Cochlear
   Control Bionics, Cynata, Nanosonics, Neuren, Patrys, Polynovo, Telix and Volpara, as well as non-biotechnology stocks.
   Through Australian Ethical Superannuation he has an indirect interest in a range of biotechnology companies. 

   These holdings are liable to change: