- The CSL share price has slumped 13% since the Omicron variant emerged
- The dip was likely mostly driven by its acquisition of Vifor Pharma and subsequent capital raise
- Previously, the biotechnology company’s stock has weathered the pandemic reasonably well
Of course, sentiment for the company was likely boosted by its manufacturing of the AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN) COVID-19 vaccine. Though, it was hindered by the impact the pandemic has had on plasma collections.
For context, the S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) fell 3% in 2020 and gained 13% in 2021.
At the time of writing, the CSL share price is $272.19, a fall of 0.56% in early trading.
Let’s take a look at how the biotechnology giant’s stock has been performing since the Omicron variant emerged.
How has the CSL share price traded since Omicron emerged?
The discovery of COVID-19’s Omicron variant was first announced to the world on 25 November.
Then, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases announced it had identified a then-unnamed variant responsible for just 22 infections in the nation.
Of course, the variant soon reached Australia and the rest is history. But there’s hope we might be out of the woods sooner rather than later.
Federal health minister Greg Hunt said on Sunday, the current Omicron outbreak may be peaking in New South Wales and the ACT and the rest of the country will likely follow suit in coming weeks.
Since news of the Omicron variant’s emergence, the CSL share price has tumbled 13%. Though, it hasn’t simply been the new virus strain weighing it down.
It announced a massive US$12 billion takeover after close on 14 December. The biotechnology giant will be purchasing Vifor Pharma, a Swiss pharmaceutical company specialising in the treatment of iron deficiency.
Unfortunately, the market didn’t react favourably to the news. It sent the CSL share price tumbling 8% after the company exited a trading halt put in place as it underwent a $6.3 billion capital raise.
While the stock mostly recovered over following sessions, it has slumped another 6% year to date.