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UPDATE 5-New cancer drugs help J&J top profit estimates

* Shares rise 2.4 pct (Adds detail about talc verdict in last paragraph)

Trump signals support for Alexander-Murray healthcare plan in U.S. Senate

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signaled support for a bipartisan healthcare deal in the U.S. Senate, saying it was a short-term fix to get through a "very dangerous little period" but not the ultimate answer to U.S. healthcare needs.

Financials 2:41pm EDT

Republican senator says bipartisan deal reached to stabilize Obamacare

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 Republican Senator Lamar Alexander said on Tuesday he had reached a deal with Democratic Senator Patty Murray to stabilize Obamacare, including reinstating federal subsidies that President Donald Trump jettisoned last week.

UPDATE 5-UnitedHealth sees growth in 2018, opportunities in Trump plans

* Shares up more than 5 percent after forecast (Adds details on UNH association plans, background on Obamacare)

Trump says he believes block-grant healthcare bill will pass

WASHINGTON, Oct 17 U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he believed Republicans had enough votes to pass a healthcare bill that would allocate block grants to states.

Financials 2:19pm EDT
Johnson & Johnson $141.04 +3.61%
Pfizer Inc $36.21 +0.64%
UnitedHealth Group Inc $205.23 +6.23%


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