Biotech and pharmaceutical stocks were on the rise Wednesday, with the Nasdaq and Amex biotechnology indices up 4% and 5.7%, respectively.

Among individual stocks, notable movers were:

Savient Pharmaceuticals ( SVNT), up 26.7% at $3.95

BioMarin Therapeutics ( BMRN), up 14.7% at $17.56

Amylin ( AMLN), up 11.7% at $9.42

Sepracor ( SEPR), up 8.5% at $13.12

Vertex ( VRTX), up 7.6% at $22.28

Viropharma ( VPHM), up 7.5% at $11.90

Cytokinetics ( CYTK), down 24% at $2.00

Auxilium Pharmaceuticals ( AUXL), down 11.3% at $16

Johnson & Johnson ( JNJ), down 4.8% at $61.13

Genzyme ( GENZ), down 3.7% at $70.89
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.

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