Bristol-Myers Tops Estimates on Cancer, Hepatitis C Sales

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., a drugmaker increasingly focused on developing new cancer treatments, beat third-quarter profit estimates on better-than-expected revenue from its oncology drug Opdivo and the start of U.S. sales for its hepatitis C drug.

Third-quarter earnings, excluding one-time items, were 39 cents a share, beating the 35-cent average of analysts’ estimates compiled by Bloomberg. Sales rose 3.7 percent from a year earlier to $4.07 billion. Analysts had estimated $3.86 billion on average.

The New York-based company also raised its full-year sales forecast to a range of $16 billion to $16.4 billion, from a prior projection of $15.5 billion to $15.9 billion, and increased its full-year adjusted earnings forecast to $1.85 to $1.90 a share, from a previous estimate of $1.70 to $1.80 a share. It’s the third time Bristol-Myers has raised its earnings projections this year.

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