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Health Winners and Losers: Celgene

Stocks in this article: CELG CEPH GILD

Health stocks were mixed Monday as traders received a few earnings reports but didn't see a repeat of last week's merger frenzy.

The Nasdaq Biotechnology index was down 0.3%, while its Amex counterpart was adding 0.5%.

As for the big biotech stocks, Celgene (CELG) and Cephalon (CEPH) were down 2.4% and 3.4%, respectively.

Gilead (GILD), which last week bid for CV Therapeutics (CVTX), was losing 3.9%. Having been outdone by Gilead, Astellas withdrew its offer for CV Therapeutics on Monday.

Of the higher-volume movers on the Amex Biotech index, Amylin Pharmaceuticals (AMLN) was up 50 cents, or 4.5%, to $11.70.

Among the earnings releases, Cypress Bioscience (CYPB) swung to a second-quarter loss of $7.2 million, or 19 cents a share, as revenue fell and costs increased. Shares were down 5.8%, or 47 cents, but volume was light.

Also, StemCells (STEM) lost 7.3% after announcing that its fourth-quarter loss widened to roughly $10 million, or 11 cents a share, primarily due to a writedown and a charge.

Elsewhere, NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) rose 14.2% to $5.06 a share. The company reported on Friday that it had a fourth-quarter loss. However, a Jefferies & Co. analyst raised his rating for the stock to buy from hold after an update on two late-stage drug programs and further partnership developments.

Checking in on traditional drugmakers, the Amex Pharmaceutical index added 1.4%. AstraZeneca (AZN) added 4.5%, and Eli Lilly (LLY) ticked up 3.4%. Sanofi-Aventis (SNY) moved up 2.9%.

On the losing end, Schering-Plough (SGP), which Merck (MRK) plans to buy, gave up 2.8%. Merck lost 1.8%.

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