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Massive Swings: Biota Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Amicus Therapeutics, Inc.

Healthcare investors were presented with major movements in two small stocks today: Amicus Therapeutics (NASDAQ: FOLD  ) popped almost 21% on strong phase 3 data for a Fabry disease drug, while Biota Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: BOTA  ) collapsed 34% upon receiving a stop-work order from the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). While a single government contract for developing influenza vaccines may not sound like a huge potential issue for a company, the contract in question has generated the majority of Biota's revenue since the company won the contract in 2011.

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As the Motley Fool's Health Care Editor/Analyst, I focus on all things health care -- although my greatest interest is in the megatrends reshaping the American health care system, including the Affordable Care Act, Accountable Care Organizations, a shifting regulatory landscape, and the new drug discoveries fundamentally changing disease management and treatment.

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