Biotech and Pharmaceuticals Pharmaceuticals

  • Abbott Laboratories won U.S. approval to sell its drug-coated heart stent called Xience, the company said on Wednesday.

  • Walgreen, one of the largest U.S. drugstore operators, said that June sales at stores open at least one year rose 3.4 percent, led by general merchandise purchases.

  • Winning sectors like coal have taken a hit. Who's on top now?

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    In the world of nearly 400 publicly-traded biotechs, analyst coverage is especially important. Many of the firms are micro caps and when an analyst initiates coverage it can help put a baby biotech on investor and reporter radar screens.

  • Heart Stent

    So, I can now safely say, with complete confidence, that Food and Drug Administration approval of the new Abbott drug-coated stent will not happen in the second quarter. Recently, at least a couple of analysts have been telling clients a decision was getting pushed out until the third quarter and one suggested that Xience won't be launched until Q4.

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    After hours Morgan Stanley recommended investors buy Lehman Brothers stock and set a price target of $31. What's the "Word on the Street?"

  • AMGEN

    When combing through Barron's over the weekend I always make it a point to check out the "Short Interest" tables when they appear. I'm curious, in particular, about the ups and downs in Dendreon. Right now it's 39th on Barron's list of the Top-40 largest short positions.

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    On another ugly day for the stock markets, beaten down shares of Dow component Merck rallied. The stock started picking up steam after the news broke late this morning that its late-stage experimental migraine headache drug essentially works just as well as an existing drug, but with fewer side effects.

  • One sector in particular is up despite a previous beat-down. Is this a sign?

  • Fourth of July fireworks

    FBR's Christopher Warren is out with a research note to clients this morning saying that Boston Scientific is doing deals. He writes that BSX is "reportedly bundling $1,100 (that's right, $1,100) Taxus stents with defibrillators and ultrasound devices."

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    Credit Suisse is out today with a "fat" report on obesity. Nearly 200 pages. But besides its size, the research also stands out as one of the most unique pieces of Wall Street analysis I've ever seen.

  • FDA

    For the second time in three days the Food and Drug Administration has delayed making a decision on drugs that it had put on a fast track. First, the agency put off a ruling on Lilly's bloodthinner Effient and then this morning Merck announced the FDA is not ready to approve its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil for older women.

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    U.S. regulators did not approve Merck & Co's application to expand marketing of its cervical cancer vaccine Gardasil to an older group of women within an expected review period, the drugmaker said.

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    Tree huggers (just a colloquialism, not a dig) will be glad to know that biopharmaceutical companies submit their Food and Drug Administration filings for drug approval electronically these days.

  • Walgreens Store

    Walgreen posted a 2 percent increase in quarterly profit as sales were muted by a weak U.S. economy and slowing growth in prescription drug sales.

  • As much as I tried to disconnect during my vacation last week, I couldn't escape the ubiquitous presence of pharmaceuticals in our everyday lives...

  • On Tuesday we received word of three exciting medical advancements. Find out what’s happening and how to trade them.

  • Vince Farrell

    I had a visit on Power Lunch today and we talked about the effect on the health care stocks depending on who wins the White House. In general, pharmaceutical companies do well when they have a new product pipeline of innovative products that allow them to command high prices.

  • It never ceases to amaze me who reads Pharma's Market. Like the Stanford University professor who wrote to set the record straight regarding my coverage from ASCO of the brain cancer vaccine from Pfizer and Avant.