5 Stories You Can't Miss About Big Pharma, Facebook: StockTwits

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Each day we see thousands of links shared on StockTwits. The diversity is incredible, with links to articles, blog posts, charts and videos. We combed through the StockTwits stream today and found these five stories that you have to see. 

1. The American public still isn't interested in the stock market, though the S&P 500 is up roughly 116% since 2009. Take a look at this link:

Great story by @ben_rooney on how 73% of Americans still don't want to invest in stocks http://stks.co/h0WX2 $SPX $SPY via @cnnmoneyinvest

-- Ryan Detrick (@RyanDetrick) Apr. 22 at 10:23 AM


2. Goldman Sachs released a note about M&A activity in the biotech and pharmaceutical sectors. It essentially hints that the entire industry is entering a phase of mega deals. They might be right, too. Novartis (NVS), GlaxoSmithKline  (GSK) and Eli Lilly  (LLY) recently swapped billions in assets like a game of Uno:

Here's my graphic that summarizes the $NVS $GSK $LLY deal: http://stks.co/i0WPI

-- Brad Loncar (@bradloncar) Apr. 22 at 09:06 AM

Here's the $GSK PR - so $GSK and $NVS are going to create a new consumer healthcare business too. 3-way transaction. http://stks.co/a0Sih

-- Brad Loncar (@bradloncar) Apr. 22 at 01:31 AM

3. Thomas Piketty is said to have written the book of the year, Capital, about income inequality in the U.S. and around the world. Everyone seems to be talking about it, and it's rivaling the buzz of Michael Lewis' Flash Boys:

Will Piketty's 'Capital' Actually Make a Policy Difference? http://stks.co/g0WZt $SPY

-- Cullen Roche (@cullenroche) Apr. 22 at 01:00 AM


4. There's a big discussion happening on StockTwits right now centered on Bill Ackman. Some traders want know how he is not violating insider trading laws with his latest play on the Allergan  (AGN) / Valeant (VRX) merger. Share your thoughts below:

I'm with Fly. WTF?? --> Please Explain How this isn't Insider Trading? http://stks.co/f0WdG $AGN $VRX

-- Sean McLaughlin (@chicagosean) Apr. 22 at 09:14 AM


5. Online video ads are working, especially for Facebook (FB). One segment highlights the massive success that video advertisements are having on social networks, as we've linked below: [Facebook] "video plays from organic brand posts were up 785% over the year-ago quarter, and up 134% from the fourth quarter of 2013, Adobe found":

$FB Video ads are working: http://stks.co/e0Snj

-- alex (@swimstar492) Apr. 22 at 08:22 AM

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At the time of publication, the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned.

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