Earnings news will take center stage Wednesday after another day of strong stock market gains cemented the view that the worst is over.» Read More
So, I can now safely say, with complete confidence, that Food and Drug Administration approval of the new Abbott drug-coated stent will not happen in the second quarter. Recently, at least a couple of analysts have been telling clients a decision was getting pushed out until the third quarter and one suggested that Xience won't be launched until Q4.
By anyone's reckoning, it was a rough week. Crude oil continued its relentless climb; banks and brokerages gave hints of more discouraging news; government data pointed to a weak economy; even strong companies like Nike, Oracle, and Research In Motion issued cautious guidance; and Federal Reserve policymakers, widely perceived as powerless to help, left interest rates unchanged. But all week, even through the worst of the market's sell-offs, CNBC guests offered
Where some stock-market investors see losses, Eric Schoenstein sees discounts. His four-star Jensen Portfolio is up an average of 4.7 percent per year over the last three years, and he's singled out some stocks he finds exceptionally promising and very reasonably priced.
FBR's Christopher Warren is out with a research note to clients this morning saying that Boston Scientific is doing deals. He writes that BSX is "reportedly bundling $1,100 (that's right, $1,100) Taxus stents with defibrillators and ultrasound devices."
Following are the week’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Abbott Labs and Starbucks popped while CBS and Dillard's dropped.
Two cardiologists write in "The New England Journal of Medicine" that Johnson and Johnson's first-of-its kind TV commercial for a heart stent is aimed at "millions of people who are ill-equipped to make judgments" about the device.
Following are the day’s biggest winners and losers. Find out why shares of Dell and Fluor popped while True Religion and Western Refining dropped
Stocks declined Tuesday as investors expressed their disappointment in Wal-Mart's outlook, HP's deal and a slew of other news. Surprising resilience in retail sales, excluding autos, helped curb losses. The Nasdaq eked out a gain, led by Yahoo.
Stocks declined Tuesday as investors juggled a mixed bag of news: Retail sales outside of the hard-hit auto sector showed suprising resilience, while a well-known analyst cut her outlook for big banks. Wal-Mart skidded after the discount giant posted decent results but issued a tepid outlook.
Too few influential doctors are telling the public if they have financial ties to the companies that make lifesaving drug-coated stents.
Investors are finding no solace in Merck's reaffirmation that it'll still hit its earnings numbers this year. Instead they're punishing the stock after the company announced what everyone is calling a surprise and a significant setback.
U.S. health regulators have rejected a new drug from Merck that was designed to raise the level of HDL, or "good" cholesterol, the company said, sending its shares plunging more than 10 percent.
It's a big day for pipeline progress...or not. Late Friday, Merck and Schering-Plough announced that the Food and Drug Administration won't approve their combo Claritin-Singulair combo pill for allergies.
Wyeth Tuesday said its first-quarter net profit fell slightly, hurt by the sudden launch early this year of a generic form of its Protonix ulcer drug, but surprisingly strong sales enabled the company to beat Wall Street profit forecasts.
Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday first-quarter earnings increased 34 percent on higher sales of its prescription drugs and medical devices and favorable foreign exchange factors.
Dow component and healthcare conglomerate (drugs, consumer products, medical devices) Johnson & Johnson beat and boosted. That's Wall Street jargon for earnings coming in higher than expectations and the guidance for the rest of the year being raised. So, why did the stock go down?
A steady stream of downbeat news seemed to leave the market unmoved for most of the week -- until the bluest of the blue chips, General Electric, posted first-quarter earnings that missed Wall Street expectations by seven cents per share, and lowered its full-year guidance.
A double helping of economic data and first-quarter earnings reports will flood the zone next week, but it's the corporate earnings that will drive stocks and give a better picture of where the economy is going. If GE's bombshell earnings miss is an indicator, the news will be as nasty as traders expect.
Takeda Pharmaceutical said it would buy U.S. firm Millennium Pharmaceuticals for $8.8 billion to boost its cancer drug business, in the biggest overseas acquisition by a Japanese drug maker.
After a rough start, top investment officers are looking for gradual improvement as 2008 goes on. Harbor Advisory's Jack DeGan is among them, and he won't sugar-coat the current situation.