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  • A Lucky Friday The 13th For Merck Friday, 13 Mar 2009 | 10:48 AM ET

    Shares of Dow component Merck rare getting a nice little shot in the arm this morning on an upgrade by Dr. Tim Anderson at Sanford C. Bernstein. He's putting an "Outperform" or "Buy" rating on MRK and raising his target price three bucks to $30.

  • Attention Genentech Employees: Heeeeere's Franz! Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 3:29 PM ET

    Only on a day like today when it's wall-to-wall Madoff coverage would a $47 billion deal, the second $40-billion-plus deal to be done in four days, struggle to get some airtime.

  • Can Pfizer's Breakthrough Help Steve Jobs? Thursday, 12 Mar 2009 | 11:27 AM ET
    Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduces the new iPod Nano in San Francisco, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008.

    When a press release crosses the wires or pops into the inbox from a Dow component announcing positive late-stage test results on a cancer drug, you rush to get the headlines on the air as quickly as possible.

  • Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Biotech Wednesday, 11 Mar 2009 | 11:03 AM ET
    Elton John

    The Biotechnology Industry Organization just announced that Sir Elton will be the keynote speaker at the 2009 BIO International Convention in Atlanta, the superstar's American hometown.

  • The Genentech Roller Coaster Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 3:34 PM ET

    On my Thomson Reuters screen I have the stock quotes of a few dozen of the biopharma companies I cover. Lately, when I glance over at it, there's been a lot of red. With today's market rally, there's a whole lotta green. And that's why the quote in red for Genentech kind of sticks out like a sore thumb.

  • Merck's Dick Clark: I Give Him A 41 Tuesday, 10 Mar 2009 | 10:56 AM ET
    Richard Clark, Merck CEO

    They may have the same name, but America's oldest teenager Dick Clark and Merck's Chairman and CEO Dick Clark appear to have little else in common. One loves the camera, the other not so much.

  • Are You From Jersey?! Big Pharma's From Jersey! Monday, 9 Mar 2009 | 1:00 PM ET
    New Jersey

    New Jersey, where I live and work, is known as "The World's Medicine Chest" or "The Silicon Valley of Pharma."

  • Roche To Genentech: Deal Or No Deal? Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 3:06 PM ET

    Yeah, "Deal Or No Deal" has become a bit of a tired cliche, but I think it's totally appropriate in the context of the latest salvo in the Roche-Genentech takeover battle.

  • Merck's Jumpin' Januvia Friday, 6 Mar 2009 | 11:10 AM ET

    Japan and Januvia. No, it's not a country—not even a fictional one—even though it sounds like "Genovia" in "The Princess Diaries." It's a diabetes drug from Merck.

  • Pfizer Gets A Two-Fer Thursday, 5 Mar 2009 | 11:20 AM ET
    Pfizer

    As Pfizer Chairman and CEO Jeff Kindler represents at the White House Healthcare Summit today and tries to make the industry's case against government price controls on prescription drugs, a couple of prominent industry analysts are giving him a little something to smile about.

  • Hartford In Talks To Sell Life Insurance Unit Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 5:02 PM ET
    The Hartford

    Hartford Financial Services Group is in talks to sell most of its life insurance unit to Canada's Sun Life Financial, according to the Wall Street Journal.

  • Biopharma's Ma & Pa Wednesday, 4 Mar 2009 | 11:52 AM ET

    Forget about mergers and acquisitions (M & A). Think about partnerships and acquisitions or what Leerink Swann, which specializes in healthcare stock coverage, is calling "P & A."

  • Jim Rogers: Let AIG Go Bankrupt, Not America Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | 4:24 PM ET
    Credit Crisis

    American International Group should be allowed to go bankrupt because keeping it and other sick financials alive on government support risks ruining the US economy, legendary investor Jim Rogers told CNBC Tuesday.

  • Roche Rallies And Genentech Gains Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | 11:43 AM ET

    The morning after Genentech's big investor meeting shares of the Swiss drugmaker Roche rebounded in overseas trading and the American Despository Receipts that trade over-the-counter here in the States are following suit.

  • A Remake of AIG Is the Goal of Rescue Tuesday, 3 Mar 2009 | 10:29 AM ET

    By easing the terms of its $150 billion rescue package for the American International Group, the government is trying to buy time for the financial conglomerate to slim down and reinvent itself as a simple property and casualty insurer, with a new name, new faces in the boardroom and perhaps an initial public offering in its future.

  • Cramer’s S.O.S.: Obama, Save Our Stocks Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | 7:45 PM ET

    No doubt the president’s hopes for this country are noble, but right now they’re killing the markets.

  • Stocks Hit 12-Year Lows as AIG Rattles Market Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | 5:16 PM ET

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit its lowest level in 12 years, slipping below 7,000, then 6,900 and then 6,800, as another bailout of insurance giant AIG stirred fear about the stability of the financial system.

  • Dow Below 7,000 as Financials Take Hit Monday, 2 Mar 2009 | 9:37 AM ET

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average opened at its lowest level in 12 years, slipping below 7,000 as investors grew increasingly skittish over the state of the stock market amid the wave of government bailouts.

  • Big Biotech Bloodbath Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 4:49 PM ET

    Today was really ugly for biotech.  The only large-cap sector stock to trade higher--and significantly--was Genentech because it's being bolstered by Roche's bond sale and increasing speculation the Swiss drugmaker is gonna have to raise its bid for DNA.

  • Stop Trading!: The Right Price for McDonald's Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | 3:32 PM ET

    Plus, Cramer talks insurers, health care and President Obama's Medicare changes.

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