bristol-myers squibb

Investing Hints From the Newest Forbes Billionaires

When it comes to getting rich, the best textbook may be Forbes' billionaires list. After all, who better to show the right steps to financial freedom than the world's most successful men and women? And, with a new list fresh off the presses, what better time could there be to reap their wisdom?

6 Stocks and 1 Fund That Have Already Doubled This Year

The S&P 500 soared 12% during the first three months of 2012, and the tech-heavy Nasdaq managed a nearly 19% spurt. Those are good numbers even for a whole year -- but these seven investments beat the indexes by huge margins.

A Simple Strategy to Boost Your Returns

Options: It's a word that makes you shiver with fear or salivate at opportunity. In fact, there's one options strategy that's almost certain to add some extra money to your portfolio over time, without adding lots of risk. It's the technique known as writing covered calls, and it's perfect for times like this.

The Dark Cloud Over Growing Antidepressant Prescriptions

They call it the Great "Recession," but there's no question that these are depressing times. And doctors are writing scripts for antidepressants at an alarming rate -- especially given that many of these doctors aren't psychiatrists. What are the effects on patients who haven't been properly screened?

Three Favorite Stocks of Wealthy Investors

According to a recent survey, wealthy U.S. investors are the most optimistic than they've been in months. And of those looking to invest more in the stock market, they have several clear ideas on where they'd like to place their bets.

Top-Selling Drugs About to Lose Patent Protection

The pharmaceutical industry is about to fall off a cliff -- a patent cliff. Over the next few years, some of the world's most popular and lucrative medicines will go off patent, and generic competition will siphon an estimated quarter of a trillion dollars from companies' bottom lines. Here's a rundown:

Pfizer Joins Other Pharmas in Giving a Cautious Outlook

Pfizer reported fourth-quarter earnings on Tuesday that nearly quadrupled from a year ago as revenue rose 6%. But it also lowered its sales guidance for 2012, due to some of its bestselling drugs going off patent. What's ahead for the world's biggest drugmaker:

Another Cancer-Drug Failure Highlights Difficulties Facing Pharmas

Sanofi-Aventis announced its cancer drug candidate iniparib failed in a late-stage clinical trial. Other pharmaceutical companies have also experienced recent setbacks as they scramble to bolster their pipelines ahead of the patent cliff, when they will be forced to compete with cheaper generics.

As Diabetes Explodes, Big Pharma Is Gearing Up

Diabetes is a growing global scourge, but for Big Pharma it's more of a lifesaver. As the number of people with diabetes and prediabetes explodes, drugmakers are cranking up their research efforts. After all, many existing drugs will soon be losing their patents, and diabetes could be a $55 billion market by 2019.

AstraZeneca's Brilinta Fails to Win FDA Approval

AstraZeneca failed to win FDA approval for its potential heart drug Brilinta, a drug the company -- which is about to face a severe patent cliff -- had high hopes for. Shares in the U.K. drugmaker dropped in London and were over 5% lower in premarket trading in New York.

AstraZeneca's Heart Drug Brilinta: The FDA Is Ready to Rule

More than a year after AstraZeneca filed for approval of its heart drug Brilinta, the FDA will make its decision on Thursday. A large study showed the blood thinner worked better than Plavix for treating acute coronary syndrome -- but approval isn't a sure thing, due in part to some oddities in the study's results.

Growing Interest
in Achillion's Hepatitis Drugs

At a liver disease conference in Boston, one of the highlights is expected to be reports from Achillion about its novel hepatitis C treatments, especially ACH-1625. The buzz is growing stronger that the little biotech is attracting the attention of some players in Big Pharma.

Earnings, Deals, Hiring: A Busy Day for Big Pharma

Big Pharma didn't rest Thursday, with Celgene, Sanofi-Aventis and AstraZeneca among the big names reporting earnings. A deal between Stryker and Boston Scientific and Sanofi and BMP Sunstone also made the headlines, as did some hiring from Teva. Bristol-Myers Squibb received the anticipated new approval for one of its cancer drugs. But it was Celgene that led drug stocks higher.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Earnings Top Estimates

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), which sells blood thinner Plavix, today reported better-than-expected third quarter earnings, mainly due to cost cuts. Revenue, however, fell short of expectations.

Biotechs and Big Pharma Squabble in Sweden

At a recent life-sciences conference in Stockholm, execs of several U.S. and foreign biotechs clashed with Big Pharma in a lively debate on the merits of their respective goals and products. The result, however, was a stand-off.

World Drug Sales to Hit $880 Billion in 2011

Global pharmaceutical sales are expected to grow by 5% to 7% in 2011 to around $880 billion, thanks to robust growth in emerging markets, especially China, as well as new innovative treatments, and despite patent expirations and budget pressures in the developed world.

Pharmas Probed Over Foreign Bribery Allegations

Federal investigators are looking into allegations that major drug companies, including Merck, AstraZeneca, Bristol-Myers Squibb and GlaxoSmithKline, paid bribes overseas to boost sales and accelerate approvals.

Deutsche Bank Initiates Coverage of Biotech Stocks

Several biotech stocks were on the move Monday after Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on some of them. The bank's analyst, Robyn Karnauskas, took a generally wary view on the biotech sector, only putting buy ratings on Gilead and Dendreon.

Legal Briefing: More Cases Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

Foreign subsidiaries of two American tobacco companies pled guilty to charges of bribing foreign countries. Units of Alliance One Int'l, a N.C.-based global tobacco leaf company, admitted bribing Thai and Kyrgyz officials and will pay $9.25 million in fines and disgorge $10 million in profits.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Earnings Beat Estimates

Bristol-Myers Squibb reported better-than-expected second-quarter earnings on Thursday, driven in part by higher sales for some of its virology blood-thinner drugs, cost controls and a favorable tax rate.

Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Higher Cancer Rate

Angiotensin-receptor blockers, a common class of blood pressure medications, have been linked to an increased risk of cancer in a recent study. These widely used drugs include medicines such as Boehringer's Micardis, Merck's Cozaar and Hyzaar, and Novartis's Diovan.

Pfizer's Pipeline Looks Primed to Deliver

The stock of the world's largest drugmaker has been a laggard lately. But that could be soon changing if analysts who are pointing to a solid lineup of new products are right. They think the giant can easily offset the patent loss for Lipitor.

Biz Brief: Stroke Drug Study Ends Early on Positive Result

Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb said on Thursday that they've decided to halt a clinical trial several months early because data so far suggested the experimental drug apixaban was more effective than aspirin in preventing strokes among patients.