Medivation's Shares Popped: What You Need to Know

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What: Shares of drug developer Medivation (NAS: MDVN) got a clean bill of health today, jumping to overnight gains as high as 13% on several times their average trading volume.

So what:The stock more than doubled yesterday as prostate cancer drug MDV3100 showed great trial results -- users of the drug tended to live about five months longer than those on placebo control duty. With any move that large, you should expect the stock to bounce again to adjust for overshooting or not quite reaching the full value of the fresh news.

Now what: Medivation is posing a large threat to Dendreon's (NAS: DNDN) Provenge prostate cancer vaccine and the Exelixis (NAS: EXEL) cabozanitib candidate now, assuming that MDV3100 passes all the FDA trials. Five months may not sound like much, but this drug is given to late-stage patients who already tried chemotherapy, where placebo-takers had just over a year left to live. And prostate cancer is a huge market: Intuitive Surgical (NAS: ISRG) cut its robotic teeth on prostatectomies and now looks like the health-care stock to beat.

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