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Merck continues to ride cancer drug Keytruda higher

 Shares of Merck (MRK) closed up 3.50% today, October 29, after the company reported better than expected third quarter earnings. On a Non-GAAP basis earnings of $1.51 a share beat the Wall Street consensus by 27 cents a share. Revenue of $12.4 billion fell 6.7% year over year but beat analysts projections of $11.64 billion. […]

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Selling Pfizer out of my Dividend Portfolio tomorrow on Dem’s proposed drug-pricing bill

Why introduce legislation that will dead on arrival in the Republican controlled Senate? Because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats know that controlling drug prices is extremely popular with voters. And a proposal that is a serious effort to lower drug prices is a hammer that can be used over and over again to […]

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Nektar’s plunge is a buying opportunity–so I’m adding more to my Volatility Portfolio

What we know about Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) is pretty clear. On Thursday of last week, August 8, trading in shares of Nektar were halted on news from the company had manufacturing problems that resulted in some patients enrolled in the clinical trials for the company's NKTR-214 cancer drug receiving drugs that were less effective than […]

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Sangamo gets RMAT status for its hemophilia gene therapy

On July 5 Sangamo Therapeutics (SGMO) and partner Pfizer (PFE) announced update results of a Phase 1/2 study of Sangamo's SB-525 gene therapy for severe hemophilia A. The companies also announced that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration had granted regenerative medicine advanced therapy (RMAT) designation to SB-525. RMAT status is given to therapies intended […]

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More talk about doing “something” about drug prices sends drug stocks down

It's good to know that in this sometimes confusing and volatile market some things remain constant. A high-profile figure says something about the need to lower drug prices and drug stocks tumble. Whether the "something" is likely to result in action or not. Today it was President Donald Trump telling reporters that his administration is […]

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Adding Nektar call options to my Volatility Portfolio–again

Again. I'm adding the January 17, 2020 Call Options with a strike at $35 on Nektar Theraeutics (NKTR) to my Volatility Portfolio on JubakAM.com and JugglingWithKnives.com. (Ticker on these options is NKTR200117C00035000.) The underlying shares closed at $33.70, up 0.90% on June 14. I've traded these options before with a spectacular realized gain of better than […]

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Incyte adds to Jakafi label with new FDA approval

Jubak Picks and Volatility Portfolio member Incyte (INCY) closed up 1.55% today to $81.75 on news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had approved the company's Jakafi for treatment for acute Graft versus Host disease (GvHD), an inflammatory response by the immune system after a bone marrow transplant. The drug can now be prescribed to […]

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JNJ earnings a tale of two companies

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Dividend Portfolio member Merck continues Keytruda momentum

Merck's cancer drug Keytruda continues to build global momentum. Today Merck (MRK) announced that China has approved Keytruda for first-line treatment of metastatic nonsquamous non-small cell lung cancer in combination with chemotherapy. The stock, which is a member of my Dividend Portfolio, is up 015% today as of 2:20 p.m. New York time. The shares […]

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Government action on drug prices seems far, far away

The format was familiar: Seven CEOs sit in front of a Senate Committee probing their industry's business practices. But whereas a Congressional hearing a decade ago marked a key moment in what was a costly public reckoning for the tobacco industry, today's hearing produced little more than a consensus among Senators that drug pricing is […]

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