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April 28, 2014
04:55 EDTVIVO, VIVO, VIVO, VRML, VRML, VRML, SYK, SYK, SYK, SNY, SNY, SNY, RHHBY, RHHBY, RHHBY, QGEN, QGEN, QGEN, PFE, PFE, PFE, MRK, MRK, MRK, LG, LG, LG, EXAS, EXAS, EXAS, COV, COV, COV, CYH, CYH, CYH, CPHD, CPHD, CPHD, BAYRY, BAYRY, BAYRY, ATHN, ATHN, ATHN, ABBV, ABBV, ABBV, A, A, AAmerican College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists to hold annual meeting
2104 Annual Clinical Meeting of ACOG is being held in Chicago on April 26-30.
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August 11, 2014
06:57 EDTCYH, ATHNAvondale to hold a conference
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06:31 EDTSNYMannKind to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the collaboration with Sanofi about global licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza will be held on August 11 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
05:53 EDTRHHBYCuris shares look attractive, says Piper Jaffray
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05:32 EDTBAYRYRegeneron Eylea injection receives EU approval for DME treatment
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05:13 EDTSNYSanofi, MannKind announce global licensing agreement for Afrezza
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTCOVMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
11:33 EDTRHHBYRoche submits supplemental Biologics License application to FDA for Lucentis
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10:36 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:48 EDTABBVCredit Suisse remains a buyer of AbbVie
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07:01 EDTCOVHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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06:39 EDTPFEPfizer faces torrent of Lipitor suits, Reuters says
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August 7, 2014
14:05 EDTRHHBYPTC Therapeutics reports publication of preclinical study results in SMA models
PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) announced that he journal Science published results of a preclinical study demonstrating that treatment with orally available RNA splicing modifiers of the SMN2 gene starting early after birth is preventing deficits in mouse models of Spinal Muscular Atrophy or SMA. Stuart Peltz, CEO of PTC Therapeutics, said, "Using the experience and expertise in RNA biology we have gained at PTC over the last 16 years, we used our alternative splicing technology to identify and subsequently optimize investigational compounds that target the SMN2 splicing to produce the SMN protein. Our unique partnership with Roche and the SMA Foundation has allowed this project to rapidly move into clinical development." Luca Santarelli, Head of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Rare Diseases at Roche (RHHBY), said, "Although still preclinical, these results demonstrate how SMN2 splicing modifiers could correct the molecular deficit that causes SMA. This study represents an important step towards developing a potential therapeutic option for this devastating and currently untreatable condition. Early clinical trials are currently underway to determine the safety and tolerability of this approach."
13:24 EDTSYKStryker upcoming analyst day may be catalyst for shares, says Argus
Argus believes Stryker is well positioned to post stronger sales and earnings in the second half of the year as new products launch and surgical volume rebounds. The firm thinks the company's analyst day on September 17 could be a catalyst for the shares and it maintains its Buy rating and $102 price target on the stock.
10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:58 EDTCOVMedtronic receives request of additional info from FTC for Covidien acquisition
On August 6, 2014, in connection with the FTC review of the pending acquisition by Medtronic (MDT) of Covidien (COV), which will result in both Medtronic and Covidien becoming wholly owned subsidiaries of Medtronic, Medtronic received a request for additional information and documentary material from the FTC. Issuance of the second request extends the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 until 30 days after Medtronic and Covidien have substantially complied with the second request, unless the waiting period is extended voluntarily by the parties or terminated earlier by the FTC. Medtronic and Covidien intend to cooperate fully with the FTC and continue to expect the Transaction to be completed in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015.
08:40 EDTSNYSanofi and Immune Design enters licensing agreement for use of GLASStm
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08:12 EDTPFEPfizer says EMA accpets application seeking new indication for Prevenar 13
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08:03 EDTLGLaclede reports Q3 non-GAAP EPS 44c, consensus 36c
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07:42 EDTSNYPOZEN plans to make future employee reductions
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06:42 EDTCOVObama to look to limit inversion deals, Politico says
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