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Battling Cancer

Battling Cancer

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Successful drug approvals by the FDA and innovations in the treatment of cancer could provide relevant stocks a boost.

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Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and the number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70 percent over the next two decades. In the U.S., more than half a million people die from cancer which claims one of every four deaths, making it the second leading cause of death after heart disease, according to Centers for Disease Control. As more cancer drugs are approved in the U.S. than anywhere else, it is no wonder that it also pays the highest bills for cancer drugs.

Having reached $100 billion in annual sales, the global market for cancer drugs could reach $147 billion by 2018. Meanwhile, the cost per month for a new cancer drug has jumped 40 percent to nearly $6,000, over the past decade. However you look at it, cancer drugs and innovations in the pipeline are creating significant opportunities in the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors.

How did we choose these stocks?

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WatchlistChange today1-month return1-year returnTotal return
Battling Cancer-0.48%-6.60%-15.55%-36.41%

18 symbols

SymbolCompany nameLast priceChange% changeMarket timeVolumeAvg vol (3-month)Market cap
BMYBristol-Myers Squibb Company61.02-0.31-0.51%4:00 pm GMT-49.97M14.13M137.53B
SGENSeattle Genetics, Inc.160.45-1.35-0.83%4:00 pm GMT-4727.65k1.20M27.92B
EXASExact Sciences Corporation86.69-3.71-4.10%4:00 pm GMT-41.55M1.37M13.02B
BPMCBlueprint Medicines Corporation74.45-0.18-0.24%4:00 pm GMT-4205.66k544.85k4.12B
FGENFibroGen, Inc.44.2+2.75+6.63%4:00 pm GMT-41.15M689.06k3.99B
INOInovio Pharmaceuticals, Inc.20.22-0.11-0.54%4:00 pm GMT-49.75M35.86M3.20B
MGNXMacroGenics, Inc.27.42-0.02-0.07%4:00 pm GMT-4516.05k1.45M1.48B
SPPISpectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc.3.845-0.07-1.66%4:00 pm GMT-43.61M2.30M546.32M
GERNGeron Corporation1.68+0.02+1.20%4:00 pm GMT-42.98M4.01M521.42M
PGNXProgenics Pharmaceuticals, Inc.4.1-0.43-9.39%4:00 pm GMT-434.93M1.84M355.05M
ARAYAccuray Incorporated2.61+0.02+0.77%4:00 pm GMT-4353.17k612.53k236.25M
MACKMerrimack Pharmaceuticals, Inc.3.37+0.07+2.12%4:00 pm GMT-411.11k25.89k45.09M
FMIFoundation Medicine, Inc.---6:07 pm GMT-4---
INSYINSYS Therapeutics, Inc.0.2911--9:37 am GMT-4---
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