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  • 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.

  • 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.

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    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.

  • 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.

  • Here are my thoughts so far today: 1) As expected, sloppy trading--weak open, modest rally, sell into rally. The crowd yelling "oversold" cannot drown out the great majority, who feel it is not really worth it to be a hero until things settle down.

  • Schering-Plough on Monday reported third-quarter profit and sales that fell short of Wall Street's target, sending shares down more than 10 percent amid concerns about its flagship cholesterol drugs

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    Merck reported a better-than-expected profit, helped by sales of its vaccines and cholesterol drugs, and raised its 2007 profit forecast in view of strong current trends.

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    U.S. stock investors looking to recoup from the worst week in almost three months will have to keep one eye out for signs of weakness in earnings due this week and the other on the threat surging oil prices.

  • Fear returned to Wall Street this past week, and the Fed's meeting Oct. 31 is now being looked at as a necessary balm for the markets.  Rightly or wrongly, that's how traders are see it, and they now expect the Fed to cut its target Fed funds rate and probably discount rate by a quarter point at that meeting.

  • Gilead Sciences posted a third-quarter profit that topped Wall Street targets on Thursday, on sales of drugs that fight the virus that causes AIDS, compared with a year-ago net loss due to acquisition- related costs.

  • Pfizer

    Pfizer said on Thursday that third-quarter earnings fell sharply, hurt by a $2.8 billion charge to end its investment in its poorly selling Exubera inhaled insulin drug. But earnings excluding one-time items beat analysts' expectations.

  • U.S. regulators approved a new AIDS treatment made by Merck, the first in a new class of drugs aimed at preventing replication of the virus, Merck said on Friday.

  • This morning, the world's second biggest drug company, GlaxoSmithKline, announced that Andrew Witty will replace JP Garnier as CEO at the end of next May. It's been known for a while that Garnier would be retiring next year, and the question was who would be tapped to succeed him.

  • Stocks rallied on Friday, sending the S&P 500 index to a new closing record, as a solid employment report rekindled optimism about the outlook for economic growth and corporate profits. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, meanwhile, traded above its record close for much of the session but gave back some of those gains.

  • Close on the heels of announcing the hiring of a Chief Talent Officer, Pfizer this morning named a new head of Global Research and Development to replace John LaMattina who had earlier said he'd be leaving the drug company. It was on LaMattina's watch that Pfizer's next potential breakout blockbuster drug, torcetrapib for cholesterol, failed in a late-stage clinical trial.

  • The Dow is sitting at a new high and you could argue that the move in the pharmaceuticals sector today is largely market related with Dow components Merck, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson all trading up. As I write this the biggest dollar gainer in the group is Eli Lilly. But the largest percentage gainer is Schering-Plough.

  • If the FDA approves this company's much-anticipated drug, the stock could pop.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.

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    Stocks ended Friday down slightly as dollar weakness sparked inflation concerns but losses were limited by solid U.S. consumer data. "Housing is slowing down but the U.S. consumer isn't," said Robert Froehlich of DWS Scudder. "The numbers today show that this dichotomy is in place and housing is in trouble but the consumers keep shopping."

  • U.S. regulators have not approved Novartis's Prexige painkiller, the Swiss drugmaker said on Thursday, in an expected move after Australia withdrew the drug due to concerns over liver side effects.