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Stockwatch: Big pharma looks on while Amgen splurges

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Executive Summary

It’s been a number of years since the pharmaceutical sector was held in the same esteem by investors for industries that are defensive and counter-cyclical; sectors whose sales and earnings growth continue even in a recession and, like tobacco and gambling, may increase in spite of it. The pharmaceutical industry used to have no natural predators, except itself and time.

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