Cramer: A tale of two biotech rivals
Jim Cramer | firstname.lastname@example.org
The other is trying to cut its way to success by firing, trimming, and hoping to eke out money as its new products fail to ignite or just fail. It's unoriginal and staid--just trying to pay that dividend.
The first is obviously Celgene, and the second is Merck, which managed to pop its stock with an announcement that is laying off a bunch of people. It's a second reduction in force for this obviously bloated company.
But the first used to be Merck. It used to be the ultimate in original thinking and new products. Not anymore. Even its acquisition of the gigantic Schering-Plough in 2009 seems to have gotten it nothing significant that I can see. I had hoped that at least the company would follow in the footsteps of Pfizer and spin off animal health, but even that is apparently too radical.
Either way, I think that Merck's a sell, not a buy. The market wants growth and new drugs. If it wants yield, it can get it from Con Ed. Disappointing, again.
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