For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – August 24, 2009 – announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), Amgen (AMGN), Genzyme (GENZ), Aetna (AET) and United Health (UNH).

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Here are highlights from Friday’s Analyst Blog:

Healthcare Reform – Potential Winners

Regardless of what you think about the drug companies, they are not going anywhere. The pharmaceutical lobby has made certain that it has a seat at the table and it seems probable that any new laws will benefit them. Even though some concessions will be made, the Obama Administration has quietly signaled a willingness not to pursue the most beneficial cost-saving strategies.

Potential winners not only include large drug companies like Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY), but also biotechs such as Amgen (AMGN) and Genzyme (GENZ).

Despite talk about a public option, the insurance companies are not going quietly into the night. Not only do these companies have a large number of lobbyists, they are also major employers. This makes dismantling the current system very unrealistic and extremely expensive.

Even if the insurers are forced to make big concessions, they could potentially gain millions in new members. Plus, any reduction in medical costs should ultimately help their bottom lines.

Potential winners include Aetna (AET) and United Health (UNH).

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