Drug Makers Stocks on Investors' Radar -- Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, and AbbVie

Monday, April 10, 2017 Drug News
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NEW YORK, April 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Companies in the Drug Manufacturers space manufacture and process pharmaceutical

products. Large companies benefit from their economies of scale in research, manufacturing, and marketing. Today, Stock-Callers.com takes a closer look at four major industry players: Pfizer Inc. (NYSE: PFE), Merck & Co. Inc. (NYSE: MRK), Johnson
& Johnson (NYSE: JNJ), and AbbVie Inc. (NYSE: ABBV). Learn more about these stocks by downloading their comprehensive and free reports at:



New York headquartered Pfizer Inc.'s shares finished Friday's session 0.03% lower at $34.10. A total volume of 13.95 million shares was traded. The stock has gained 0.15% in the last month, 2.89% over the previous three months, and 6.06% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 1.72% and 2.89%, respectively. Moreover, shares of Pfizer, which discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide, have a Relative Strength Index (RSI) of 53.80.

On March 31st, 2017, Pfizer announced that the US Food FDA has approved a supplemental New Drug Application for its first-in-class cyclin dependent kinase 4/6 (CDK 4/6) inhibitor, IBRANCE® (palbociclib), based on the results from the confirmatory Phase 3 trial PALOMA-2. The FDA action converts the accelerated approval of IBRANCE to regular approval, and broadens the range of anti-hormonal therapy that may be administered with IBRANCE. PFE complete research report is just a click away and free at:



Shares in Kenilworth, New Jersey headquartered Merck & Co. Inc. ended the day 0.17% lower at $63.13 with a total trading volume of 7.71 million shares. The stock has advanced 5.50% in the previous three months and 8.01% since the start of this year. The Company's shares are trading 3.34% above their 200-day moving average. Moreover, shares of Merck, which provides healthcare solutions worldwide, have an RSI of 38.79.

On April 07th, 2017, Merck & Co. announced that the US FDA has issued a Complete Response Letter regarding the Company's Supplemental New Drug Applications for JANUVIA® (sitagliptin), JANUMET® (sitagliptin and metformin HCl), and JANUMET XR® (sitagliptin and metformin HCl extended-release). With these applications, Merck is seeking to include data from TECOS (Trial Evaluating Cardiovascular Outcomes with Sitagliptin) in the prescribing information of sitagliptin-containing medicines. The complimentary report on MRK can be downloaded at:


Johnson & Johnson  

New Brunswick, New Jersey-based Johnson & Johnson's stock declined 0.10%, closing the session at $124.92. A total volume of 3.61 million shares was traded. The Company's shares have gained 8.12% in the previous three months and 9.15% on an YTD basis. The stock is trading 3.19% above its 50-day moving average and 6.22% above its 200-day moving average. 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 59.44.

On March 21st, 2017, Johnson & Johnson announced that it will host a conference call for investors at 8:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, April 18th, 2017, to review first-quarter results.  Dominic Caruso, Vice President, Finance and CFO, and Joseph J. Wolk, Vice President, Investor Relations, will host the call. The webcast is accessible on the Company's website. Sign up for your complimentary research report on JNJ at:



On Friday, shares in North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie Inc. finished the session 0.71% higher at $65.54. A total volume of 5.41 million shares was traded. The stock has gained 1.61% in the last month, 3.78% over the previous three months, and 5.72% on an YTD basis. The Company's shares are trading above their 50-day and 200-day moving averages by 3.60% and 5.45%, respectively. Furthermore, shares of AbbVie, which discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells pharmaceutical products worldwide, have an RSI of 61.31.

On March 22nd, 2017, research firm Societe Generale upgraded the Company's stock rating from 'Sell' to 'Hold'.

On April 07th, 2017, AbbVie announced detailed results from a Phase-2b clinical trial evaluating the efficacy and safety of elagolix alone or in combination with add-back therapy (estradiol/norethindrone acetate) compared to placebo. The data demonstrated that elagolix, with and without add-back therapy, met the primary efficacy endpoint of reduced heavy menstrual bleeding as compared to placebo. Get free access to your research report on ABBV at:


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