Asian stocks lifted by vaccine hopes, but new cases cause concern

A sign for Pharmaceutical company Pfizer is displayed on 42 Street in New York October 20, 2009. Pharmaceutical industry leader Pfizer said Tuesday third-quarter profits rose 26 percent from a year ago to 2.88 billion dollars, as cost cuts helped offset lower revenues. The profit amounted to to 51 cents a share excluding special items, topping Wall Street consensus estimates of 48 cents.AFP PHOTO TIMOTHY A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)

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