Drug Makers Stocks Under Scanner -- Pfizer, Merck, AbbVie, and Johnson & Johnson

Tuesday, March 7, 2017 Drug News
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NEW YORK, March 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

This morning, Stock-Callers.com has lined up for evaluation these four major

players within the Drug Manufacturers industry: Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV), and Johnson & Johnson (NYSE: JNJ). These companies operate in the Healthcare sector, which was moderately lower late
Monday, March 06th, 2017, with the NYSE Health Care Index posting a 0.3% retreat, while shares of health care companies in the S&P 500 were down about 0.2% as a group. You can access our complimentary research reports on these stocks now at:



Shares in New York headquartered Pfizer Inc. saw a slight decline of 0.49%, ending Monday's trading session at $34.35. The stock recorded a trading volume of 18.19 million shares. The Company's shares have gained 8.26% in the last one month, 10.30% over the previous three months, and 6.83% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 5.60% and 3.90% above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages, respectively. Moreover, shares of Pfizer, which discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 70.36.

On March 06th, 2017, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company and Pfizer announced that eight abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) 66th Annual Scientific Session, taking place March 17th -19th in Washington, D.C. Visit us today and download your complete report on PFE for free at:



Kenilworth, New Jersey headquartered Merck & Co. Inc.'s stock declined 0.17%, closing the day at $66.47, with a total trading volume of 6.77 million shares. The Company's shares have advanced 3.57% in the past month, 10.24% in the previous three months, and 12.91% since the start of this year. The stock is trading 6.11% above its 50-day moving average and 10.05% above its 200-day moving average. Additionally, shares of Merck & Co., which provides healthcare solutions worldwide, have an RSI of 68.22.

On March 06th, 2017, Merck and Pfizer Inc. announced that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has accepted for review three New Drug Applications (NDAs) for medicines containing ertugliflozin, an investigational SGLT2 inhibitor in development to help improve glycemic control in adults with type-2 diabetes: one for monotherapy, one for the fixed-dose combination of ertugliflozin and JANUVIA® (sitagliptin), and one for the fixed-dose combination of ertugliflozin and metformin. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) action date from the FDA is in December 2017 for the three NDAs. Additionally, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has validated for review three Marketing Authorization Applications for ertugliflozin monotherapy and the two fixed-dose combination products. The complimentary research report on MRK can be accessed at:



On Monday, shares in North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie Inc. recorded a trading volume of 6.84 million shares. The stock ended the day 0.33% higher at $63.55. The Company's shares have advanced 4.37% in the past month, 8.50% in the previous three months, and 2.51% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 3.20% and 3.39%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of AbbVie, which discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide, have an RSI of 66.90.

On February 27th, 2017, AbbVie announced that the European Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) of EMA has granted a positive opinion for a shorter, eight-week treatment of VIEKIRAX® + EXVIERA® as an option for previously untreated adult patients with genotype 1b (GT1b) chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) and minimal to moderate fibrosis. VIEKIRAX + EXVIERA is currently approved in the European Union for use as a 12-week treatment for GT1b chronic HCV-infected patients without cirrhosis or with compensated cirrhosis. Register for free on Stock-Callers.com and download the PDF research report on ABBV at:


Johnson & Johnson  

New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson's stock declined 0.06%, finishing yesterday's session at $123.71, with a total trading volume of 6.67 million shares. The Company's shares have advanced 9.65% in the last one month, 11.81% in the previous three months, and 8.09% since the start of this year. The stock is trading above its 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 7.10% and 6.65%, respectively. Additionally, shares of Johnson & Johnson, which together with its subsidiaries, researches and develops, manufactures, and sells various products in the health care field worldwide, have an RSI of 80.67.

On February 27th, 2017, Johnson & Johnson announced it has completed the acquisition of Abbott Medical Optics, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Abbott. The all-cash $4.325 billion acquisition was originally announced September 16th, 2016, and includes ophthalmic products in three areas of patient care: cataract surgery, laser refractive surgery and consumer eye health. These product lines will now join with the Company's world-leading ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses business. Get free access to your research report on JNJ at:



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