Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know


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What: Shares of drugmaker Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (NAS: REGN) popped 10% in intraday trading Friday after The New York Times reported that Roche's age-related macular degeneration treatment Avastin led to vision loss in several California patients.

So what: Given Regeneron's big jump, it's obvious that Mr. Market believes the news increases the likelihood that its own ophthalmic solution, Eylea, will eventually be approved by the FDA. Of course, biotech Fools know to judge a drug's potential on its own merits, so today's rally in Regeneron should be taken with a grain of salt.

Now what: Even without the Times story, Regeneron's Eylea was clearly the better bet. According to analysts, efficacy data so far shows that Eylea works much faster than Avastin and only needs to be taken every-other-month (versus monthly for Avastin). Of course, Regeneron is up about 150% over the past year, so investors still need to tread cautiously.

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