Pfizer Gets Boost From Eliquis and 2 Dow Movers Changing Hands

Microsoft Corporation’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) board sees the Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) Chief Executive Reed Hastings ready to step down. Hastings has said that the crucial struggle facing Microsoft centers around Windows 8 along with the way in which they use the new operating system to compete with “a better set of competitors than they’ve ever had, in Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) and Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL),” says AllThingsD.

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Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s (NYSE:BMY) new blood thinner Eliquis has been okayed by European regulators to prevent stroke in patients suffering from atrial fibrillation, exposing the drug to a much bigger market. The new approval marks the drug’s first global clearance for that use and its first big step toward stardom. Millions of European patients have atrial fibrillation and studies have shown its prevalence is on the rise. Even though Eliquis only brought in $1 million for Bristol-Myers Squibb during the third quarter, its approval for clot prevention in certain surgery patients might significantly prompt the drug to fly in the AF market.

Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) has not officially released information, but its Verizon Galaxy S3 Android 4.1 launch might be a bit sooner than expected.

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