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Amgen and Peregrine Under StockCall Scrutiny: Pharma Stocks Deal with Drug Developments and Patents
Date:2/6/2013

of its revenue from Neupogen franchise. However, the drug would go off patent protection by the end of 2013 and the loss of exclusivity is expected to affect Amgen. Neupogen faces stiff competition from the companies like Novartis in the markets outside of the U.S. and these competing companies may launch their products in the U.S., causing further damage. However, the company has somewhat strong drug candidates including AMG145, a cholesterol drug candidate.

Amgen stock grew over 25 percent in the past 12 months. It also offers good dividend yield of 2.17 percent. The company is likely to increase its dividend in the future, thus offering good returns to the investors. Amgen is also growing through acquisitions as it recently completed the purchase of Icelandic company decode Genetics.

Peregrine Struggles with Cancer Drug Development

Peregrine Pharmaceuticals Inc. specializes in developing therapies for viral infections. It also develops treatments for cancers. It is currently engaged in developing treatment for non-small cell lung cancer. If successful, the company will make big fortunes as non-small cell lung cancer accounts for about 80 percent of lung cancer cases. However, the company does not have very solid track record. The drug candidate bavituximab has been controversial as it led to the stock's massive tumble in September 2012. Sign up to download the free technical analysis on Peregrine Pharmaceuticals at

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Peregrine is a small company with the market capitalization of less than $300 million. The stock is quite volatile as well. The company is currently looking to get past the phase II for bavituximab. Overall, the stock may be held if it is already in your portfolio. On the upside, the stock is currently trading about 50 percent below its 52-week high, thus in case of positive news on its
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