Biotech stocks win October, rallying 8%


A Biogen Idec lab technician

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Biotechnology stocks are emerging as the standout performers in October.

The Biotech ETF (IBB) is up 8% in October, while the S&P 500 is up about 2% in the same month. The IBB is on pace for its best month since January, when it gained 13.75%.

Leading the way are large-cap biotechnology companies Amgen and Celgene, which are up about 8% in October, and Biogen, which is up nearly 30% in October.

Last week, Biogen’s stock soared after the drugmaker announced it was seeking regulatory approval for an Alzheimer’s drug, aducanumab. The announcement came just months after Biogen discontinued clinical studies of the same…


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