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Superstition be darned. Shares of Dow component Merck are trading above $50 intra-day. That's the first time they've crossed 50 since October 9, 2003--nearly one year before the company pulled Vioxx off the market. So, what's going on?
Merck shares rose sharply Friday after the drugmaker raised its outlook for first-quarter and full-year earnings, citing strong sales across its range of products, and said a federal court judge dismissed a class-action securities lawsuit against the company.
Inflation data could play a big role in setting the course for stocks, which so far are looking for direction ahead of the opening. Asia markets were mostly lower, while Europe's stock markets this morning are mostly higher.
Merck's new pain reliever drug Arcoxia, which was proposed as a successor to Vioxx, was rejected by a federal health advisory panel. A Food and Drug Administration drug safety expert earlier told the panel that the drug may increase substantially the risk of stroke and heart attack and is no more effective for pain relief than other medicines in the same class.
U.S. biotechnology company MedImmune has hired Goldman Sachs to explore a sale of the company, which has a market capitalization of $8.8 billion, people familiar with the situation said on Thursday.
Since another pharmaceutical industry blog has already posted an item about this under the title, "Son of Vioxx...." and since I don't want to be accused of plagiarism or sexism I've opted for "Daughter of Vioxx".
Despite a volatile first quarter, stocks aren't much above where they were at the beginning of the year. But even if the major averages aren't showing big gains, smart investors know where to look for growth opportuntities.
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Stocks closed sharply lower after being down all day on Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke's remarks that "economic uncertainty" has increased. "The market has these little flips up and down but it's been quiet and down all day long," said Mike Driscoll, head of listed trading at Bear Stearns
Stocks closed lower after a new warning from the housing industry kept buyers out of the market. "Even though we may test the lows just because some short-term investors may get out of the way, this market has been really good shape," said Richard Steinberg, president and chief investment officer at Steinberg Global Asset Management. "If we pull back, investors should be reassessing their portfolios and looking to pick up bargains."
Plaintiff Frank Schwaller sued Merck after his wife, Patricia, took Vioxx for 20 months for shoulder pain before dying from a heart attack in August 2003.
Stocks ended mixed as the major markets bounced off the day's lows following disappointing monthly housing data. "We may see some weakness, but overall we like the market. I think the direction is going to be higher," said Sebastian Leburn, chief investment officer at Weiss Capital Management, in an interview with CNBC.com.
Merck and Schering-Plough said on Monday they were beginning development of a cholesterol-lowering product that would combine their Zetia drug with Pfizer's Lipitor.
U.S. drugs giant Abbott Laboratories said it would stop launching new medicines in Thailand in protest at the army-backed government's move to override international drug patents.
The chief executive of Merck received compensation the company valued at $8.04 million last year, according to a regulatory filing Monday.
Painkiller Vioxx contributed to an Idaho postal worker's heart attack, a jury in Atlantic City ruled Monday, reversing the verdict in the man's first trial and hitting drugmaker Merck with a total of $47.5 million in damages.
Stocks closed higher as investors overcame concerns about subprime lending to spark a late-day rally. "We're going through a short-term bounce," Mark Arbeter, Chief Technical Strategist at Standard & Poor's, told CNBC. "Volume, so far, on the upside has been fairly light, which is not encouraging. "
A judge in the New Jersey Vioxx personal injury trial on Monday rejected a motion that would give one of the plaintiffs in the trial another opportunity to collect damages based on negligence from drug maker Merck.
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