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Enough top-performing CAPS members have turned bullish on Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE:BMY) recently to upgrade it from its long held four-star rank to a highest-possible five stars. A total of 1,112 members have given their opinion on Bristol-Myers, with many offering analysis and commentary regarding their recent optimism.

A solid fourth-quarter report from the company likely helped boost investors' confidence in Bristol-Myers. The company reported net income of $1.24 billion for Q4, up from a net loss a year ago, helped by strong sales of Plavix and 13% growth in U.S. pharmaceutical sales. The company kept cost controls tight and increased its cash position to $8 billion, helped partly by the sale of its ImClone shares to Eli Lilly (NYSE:LLY).

The company is also expanding in new ways. It recently announced a deal with Exelixis (NASDAQ:EXEL) and a new license with ZymoGenetics. The latter gives it a possible entry into the hepatitis C drug market, where companies like Schering-Plough (NYSE:SGP) and Vertex Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:VRTX) are racing to debut new treatments.

This week, the company pulled off a feat some thought improbable -- an IPO of its Mead Johnson Nutrition business, which raised $720 million. And things could get even more interesting, since the recent Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Wyeth (NYSE:WYE) deal has stirred up speculation that Bristol-Myers could become a takeover target of its own.

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Fool contributor Dave Mock owns shares of Pfizer, which is also an Income Investor selection and an Inside Value pick. Vertex Pharmaceuticals and Exelixis are Rule Breakers selections. The Fool owns shares of Exelixis. The Fool's disclosure policy was young and naive once, too, but doesn't use it as an excuse for doing stupid things.