Bad news? Apparently the investing public doesn't think so! 1.5 mil shares in the first hour and we are up 30 cents. Must be the folks are fed up with the media and their take on things even if the "media" is the WSJ. Reporters are nothing more than hacks who in this case,ie, covering the Vioxx trial look for a "story" rather than present the real facts which they have no understanding of. Caution!!!! Do not try to draw conclusions about the fate of Merck by reading reports of the trial in the paper.
ygtk: I do not agree with you. It is significant that the public did not react to the very negative story in the WSJ by selling in the usual "knee jerk" reaction that always takes place following negative news. Your comment concerning a massive cover up by Merck management disturbes me greatly because you actually hold the position that the company puts dollars above life and puts you into the group of those who hate big pharma or the sucessful.As a 40 year stockholder in the company I have an intimate knowledge of Merck and I can assure you that nothing is further than the truth than what you suggest.