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Sector Trade: Biotech

Monday, 28 Sep 2009 | 5:32 PM ET

Investors are placing their bets on the next M&A deal in biotech. Where should you be looking?

As you may already know, Abbott Laboratories inked a deal to pay $6.6 billion for the drugs unit of Solvay . The purchase gives Abbott full control of its Belgian development partner's cholesterol treatments and exposure to emerging markets.

Also Johnson & Johnson inked a $400 million stock deal with the Dutch biotech firm Crucell as part of a flu vaccine development agreement.

With major deals going down, investors are placing their bets on the next M&A deal in biotech. Where should you be looking?

For insights we turned to Bernstein senior biotech analyst Geoff Porges. There are a lot of companies that look interesting, he says. Companies such as these could easily get taken out.

Porges' Potential Takeover Targets

-Alexion
-Dendreon
-United Therapeutics
-Seattle Genetic

Biotech stocks have underperformed the market and the group should be well positioned going forward, he says.

Sector Trade: Biotech
Is more M&A activity ahead in the biotech sector? Insight with Geoff Porges, Sanford Bernstein VP/senior biotech analyst.



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