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The Dow capped another down week with a loss Friday as investors shrugged off a surge in consumer sentiment and instead focused on the fact that consumers are squirreling away their money at a feverish pace. But techs gained after encouraging earnings from Palm.
ACC, ADA, AHA, ASCO, ICAD, TCT. That's just a handful of the acronyms and abbreviations for scientific and medical conferences that I've attended over the years. But this year I might be able to add RITA to my dance card. I'd never heard of her (it) before this morning when I got this press release from Crucell, which owns technology for faster, better, cheaper vaccine manufacturing.
President Obama is prescribing change in the healthcare system. The issue is front and center right now before Congress and Wall Street...We may see some volatility in a sector that’s traditionally very stable. Analysts say it’s time to reexamine your pharma stocks and position yourself for the changes President Obama will make.
On Tuesday afternoon stocks were trading near break-even as investors sifted through comments from President Obama on a wide range of issues from energy to health care.
Sunday was the official start of summer as the summer solstice, the day when the Earth's axis is most inclined toward / away from the sun, occurred. Here are the historical averages for the markets and last year's biggest gainers between the summer solstice and the autumnal equinox:
Today is a quadruple-witch day. Quadruple-witching occurs on the 3rd Friday of every quarter when index futures, index options, stock options and stock futures expire on the same day. Here is a look at how quadruple-witches have affected the markets.
At the March 9 bottom, the banks were falling fast and behemoths like Google were at risk of falling out of the Top 20 biggest companies in the S&P 500. Three months later, that has changed significantly.
In the "Building a Better Mousetrap" file, we have The Comfort Wipe, "the first improvement in toilet paper as we know it since the 1880s". The video on the website pretty much says it all--hands free bodily functions!
Stocks ended lower for a second straight session in light volume as the glow from housing starts faded and banks skidded.
I have a confession to make. I try to be as transparent as possible, to share as much information as I can about how the sausage is made. To that end, on at least a few occasions I’ve mentioned on this blog and on CNBC, that I’ve been on 10 milligrams of Lipitor.
On a week where oil topped $73 per barrel for the first time in 8 months before receding on Friday, treasury auctions moved the equity market, and GM and Citi were replaced in the Dow, the markets are flat to positive on the week, but the Dow manages to go positive year-to-date.
The judge threw the book at the man, but at the same time he didn't sentence him by the book. Andrew Bodnar pleaded guilty to his role in the generic Plavix brouhaha a couple of years ago. And yesterday a District Court judge fined him $5,000 and ordered Bodnar to write a book about what happened. Write a book!
Today, Cisco and Travelers replaced Citigroup and GM on the Dow. Here is a look back at the previous 10 changes to the Dow and what happened to the benchmark in the days leading up to and following the change.
With stocks rallying for over 3 months now, dividend yields continue to fall back to Earth. Today, two new components join the Dow, one with a dividend and one without. See how the 30 companies in the Dow compare.
Cramer makes the call on viewers' favorite stocks.
In less than two weeks, there've been four pretty significant events in biopharma. And, hopefully, after ADA things will begin to settle down a bit for the summer.
How much higher do we need to go before the bears believe this rally is real?
The cost of drugs was a hot topic at ASCO this year, especially with the release of the big test results combining two very expensive treatments for lung cancer. The study showed using Avastin from Roche and Genentech and a pill, Tarceva, from OSI Pharmaceuticals, Roche and Genentech slowed down progression of the disease by a little more than a month.
The Dow Industrials briefly turned positive for the year earlier this morning. WAHOO! But wait…the S&P 500 turned positive for 2009 nearly one month ago and is now up over 4.5% this year. So why the performance lag in the Dow (compared to the S&P)?
With the exit of Citigroup and GM from the Dow, new comers Cisco and Travelers bring some heft back into the index. As of Monday's close, the price weighted index is taking out $4.44 (combined price of Citi and GM) and adding in $61.41 (CSCO + TRV). Here's how this change will impact the weight of the remaining 28 stocks of the Dow.