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You should buy stocks in the industries that had the most miserable 2016 performance, including publishing, biotech and food retail. Why? It's called the Barbell portfolio.
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An announcement that its lead candidate might receive an expedited review from the FDA without running additional trials is giving investors a reason to cheer.
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Here's what the new year might have in store for Incyte, Biogen, Biomarin, Gilead Sciences, and Illumina.
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