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  • Merck Gives Earnings Outlook Below Forecasts Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 1:02 PM ET

    Merck gave profit forecasts for 2007 and 2008 that were mostly below expectations.

  • Merck Misses "Mark" With Investors Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 11:04 AM ET

    Shares of Dow component Merck are trading lower in the very early going this morning after the country's second-biggest drug company didn't blow people away with its 2008 financial guidance. Merck puts out its new forecast a week ahead of its annual analyst meeting, so it can focus more on its drug development pipeline at the event.

  • Lightning Round: Cynosure, EMC, Pfizer and More Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 10:48 AM ET

    Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Financials Put The Pressure On Futures Tuesday, 4 Dec 2007 | 9:09 AM ET

    Futures lower this morning on pressure from the financials. The UBS headline for the bank analyst report this morning tells the story: lower earnings ahead. They are adjusting their 2008 earnings expectations for many banks and brokers.

  • Addex Enters License Deal with Merck, Shares Jump Monday, 3 Dec 2007 | 9:54 AM ET

    Shares of Addex Pharmaceuticals SA jumped Monday after the Swiss company said it entered a license agreement with U.S.-based Merck to develop a new class of orally available drugs to treat Parkinson's disease and perhaps other conditions.

  • Pharma CEO's: Getting Them To Talk To Me Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 3:40 PM ET

    Regarding my post from yesterday about Lilly CEO Sidney Taurel, a spokesman  left me a voicemail this morning to say it has no intention of backing out of the interview next week. I've got a tentative commitment from Bristol-Myers Squibb to interview its new CEO Jim Cornelius for the first time at that company's analyst meeting next week.

  • Merck Hits 60! (Dollars A Share) Will It Go Even Higher? Wednesday, 28 Nov 2007 | 11:05 AM ET

    During regular trading hours on Tuesday, Merck shares hit 60 bucks. If you bought the stock about two years ago and held it, you've doubled your money. Merck traded for 45 bucks and change the day before the company recalled Vioxx. It hadn't been above 60 since mid-2003. This has to go down as one of the greatest comeback stories in history.

  • Cramer's Defensive Huddle Tuesday, 27 Nov 2007 | 10:36 AM ET

    If you eat it, drink it or smoke it - then buy it.Investing can be confusing. Luckily, Cramer has mapped out some road rules for all you Home Gamers trying to navigate the jungle that is Wall Street. Think of it as "Mad Money 101" –- some fundamental advice to keep in mind as you play the market. Whether you're a first time investor or a seasoned financier, it's always good to remember the basics.

  • Merck & the Media Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 11:15 AM ET

    So, does this mean I'm gonna get scooped by Reuters on Merck stories? I'm just kidding, but that was one of my reactions when I saw the press release this morning from Merck announcing that it's putting the CEO of Reuters, Tom Glocer, on its Board of Directors. The head of a financial data and news company on the Board of a major drug company. Very interesting.

  • Merck, Vertex MK-0457 Trials Halted on Heart Risk Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 | 9:01 PM ET

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals said Merck & Co halted enrollment on trials of their investigational leukemia drug MK-0457 due to a potential heart safety issue in one patient.

  • US Stocks Drop as Credit Worries Rattle Markets Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 4:54 PM ET

    US stocks closed sharply lower Friday on an incessant stream of bad news in financials and technology that bled over into the rest of the market.

  • Merck Settles Vioxx Claims for $4.85 Billion Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 3:53 PM ET
    Merck Vioxx

    Merck has agreed to pay $4.85 billion to settle claims that its painkiller Vioxx caused heart attacks and strokes in thousands of users, the drugmaker said Friday.

  • The surprising Vioxx settlement brought me back to the office today in the middle of my vacation--I could've literally phoned it in as I did on "Squawk Box" this morning, but as long as I was in town, I'm too hard core to stay at home working around the house when a big story like this one breaks on my beat.

  • Wider Use of Big-Selling Drug Crestor Approved Friday, 9 Nov 2007 | 5:28 AM ET

    AstraZeneca has won U.S. approval to market its cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor to treat the clogging of arteries, which may boost sales of the blockbuster drug in an increasingly competitive market.

  • Novartis Diabetes Drug Faces Further Delays Tuesday, 6 Nov 2007 | 3:44 AM ET
    Novartis

    Novartis has found safety problems in higher doses of its key Galvus diabetes drug and will revise prescribing recommendations before launching in Europe.

  • Zocor

    This morning we got more evidence about the havoc generic Zocor is wreaking on all of the companies that make brand-name statins--the pills to fight cholesterol. AstraZeneca is the latest casualty. On a down day in the markets AZN is one of the biggest losers in the sector.

  • Lipitor

    Pfizer has been using Dr. Robert Jarvik, the inventor of the Jarvik Artificial Heart, for quite some time now as its Lipitor "celebrity" pitchman. But recently I've noticed something remarkable creeping into his copy--the script he reads for TV and radio spots and the text that appears in the print ads.

  • Merck, Sanofi, Glaxo Get "Shot In The Arm" From U.K. Friday, 26 Oct 2007 | 12:52 PM ET

    British health authorities today announced that starting next fall, all 12- and 13-year-old girls will have to get the controversial shots to prevent the sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cervical cancer. Merck and Sanofi-Aventis are partners on the vaccine Gardasil and the UK-based GlaxoSmithKline makes a similar one Cervarix.

  • Stocks Close Higher After Wild Trading Session Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 4:29 PM ET

    Stocks rallied late in the session to end a seesaw trading session higher as bargain hunters stepped in despite economic concerns and worries about global credit markets. "It seems like a little bit of a bounce back from Friday's Armageddon," said Mike Burnick, director of research at the Sovereign Society.

  • Pharma Stock Picks From a Five-Star Fund Manager Monday, 22 Oct 2007 | 1:05 PM ET

    To a five-star fund manager, it's not how big the stars are, but how brightly they're shining.  In the pharmaceutical field, Kris Jenner of T. Rowe Price finds brightness at both ends of the size spectrum.