Pfizer Delays Attempt to Vanquish Warner-Lambert's Board

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Pfizer

(PFE) - Get Report

said it will not begin an effort to oust

Warner-Lambert's

(WLA)

board of directors until a court rules on whether its unsolicited $72.6 billion takeover offer violated a deal under which the two companies co-market the drug Lipitor.

After-Hours Trading

Biotechnology stocks dominated trading on Island ECN in after-hours trading on Thursday.

Biomune Systems

(BIME)

was the most active, followed by

AutoImmune

(AIMM)

and

Genome Therapeutics

(GENE) - Get Report

.

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Eric Gillin

In other post-close news (

Earnings estimates from First Call/Thomson Financial; earnings reported on a diluted basis unless otherwise specified.

):

Earnings/revenue reports and previews

Western Gas

(WGR)

said it sees a fourth-quarter loss of 13 cents a share, well below the five-analyst estimate of a profit of 8 cents a share.

Mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures

First Security

(FSCO)

said it was delaying a Dec. 28 shareholder meeting on its pending merger with

Zions Bancorp

(ZION) - Get Report

because Zions said it had to restate its financial statements to reclassify some of its acquisitions from 1997 and 1998.

Offerings and stock actions

Neurocrine Biosciences

(NBIX) - Get Report

said it entered into a definitive agreements to sell 2.3 million newly issued shares to five institutional investors for $42 million. The company said the purchase price was $18 a share.

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