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October 21, 2014
10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: AbbVie (ABBV) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... BHP Billiton (BHP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... Bank of Marin (BMRC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Speculative Buy from Buy at Global Hunter... Consolidated Edison (ED) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Deutsche Post (DPSGY) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... HCP (HCP) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... IBM (IBM) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Evercore... Inland Real Estate (IRC) downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... PerkinElmer (PKI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Janney Capital... Philips (PHG) downgraded to Neutral at UBS... QEP Midstream Partners (QEPM) downgraded to Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Rent-A-Center (RCII) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Rhino Resources (RNO) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Universal Forest (UFPI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee.
09:52 EDTABBVCovidien rises after Medtronic maintains merger date language
Shares of Covidien (COV) are rising in early trading after Medtronic (MDT), in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of the Irish drugmaker, left its language regarding the expected closing date unchanged. WHAT'S NEW: In its most recent filing, Medtronic again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived." ANALYST REACTION: Research firm BTIG says Medtronic's amended regulatory filing on the Covidien transaction increases the firm's confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. WHAT'S NOTABLE: AbbVie (ABBV) last night confirmed that the company and Shire (SHPG), another Irish domiciled drugmaker, agreed to terminate their proposed merger. AbbVie said its decision was based upon its assessment of the September 22 notice issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which re-interpreted longstanding tax principles in a "uniquely selective manner designed specifically to destroy the financial benefits of these types of transactions." AbbVie continued that the Treasury notice "introduced an unacceptable level of risk and uncertainty given the magnitude of the proposed changes" and the stated intention of the department to continue to revise tax principles to further impact such "tax inversion" transactions. AbbVie noted that it has agreed to pay Shire a break fee of approximately $1.64B due to the deal falling through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, shares of Covidien trading in New York rose 4% to $88.86, Medtronic advanced 1% to $64.57, Shires gained 0.7% to $185.82 and AbbVie added 1.4% to $55.16.
09:48 EDTABBVShire could target BioMarin, TheStreet's Feuerstein says
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07:44 EDTABTAbbott volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:34 EDTABBVAbbVie downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim
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October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTABBVOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:49 EDTABBVEnanta will not exercise co-development option for ABT-493
Enanta Pharmaceuticals (ENTA) announced that it has decided not to exercise its co-development option for ABT-493, Enanta’s next-generation protease inhibitor for hepatitis C virus, or HCV, being developed in Enanta’s collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV). Per the original collaboration agreement signed in December 2006, Enanta will be eligible for certain regulatory approval milestones as well as royalties on net sales allocable to ABT-493 from worldwide sales of any ABT-493-containing regimens. Enanta also announced that it has reached agreement with AbbVie regarding the net sales allocations for royalty calculations for ABT-450-containing regimens, as well as any regimens containing ABT-493. ABT-450 is the first clinical-stage protease inhibitor candidate developed within the Enanta-AbbVie collaboration, and ABT-493 is the second.
17:34 EDTABBVAbbVie announces new $5B stock repurchase program, raises dividend nearly 17%
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17:33 EDTABBVAbbVie announces new $5B stock repurchase program, raises dividend
17:26 EDTABBVShire down 1% following termination of merger with AbbVie
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17:17 EDTABBVAbbVie to pay Shire $1.64B break fee
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17:16 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire announce termination of proposed merger
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17:14 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire announce termination of proposed merger
07:47 EDTABBVPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:11 EDTABBVAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
06:56 EDTABBVShire reopens acquistion talks with NPS Pharmaceuticals, Cubist, Telegraph says
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTABBVStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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12:23 EDTESIITT leaps after upping scholarships, projecting FY15 positive cash flow
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11:34 EDTESIITT expects interest expense reduction in FY15 vs. FY14
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11:28 EDTESIITT Educational says Q3 enrollment impacted by 11% admissions decline
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10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:47 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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07:34 EDTESIITT Educational reports preliminary Q3 new student enrollments down 9.5%
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07:34 EDTESIITT Educational reports preliminary Q2 new student enrollments down 8.1%
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07:07 EDTABBVShire may be buyer instead of target if AbbVie deal breaks, WSJ says
Assuming AbbVie's (ABBV) deal to buy Shire (SHPG) gets cancelled, which appears likely at this point, many analysts and investors believe Shire will become a buyer and Leerink Partners estimates the company could have $10B to use for a takeover deal, reported The Wall Street Journal. AbbVie will also be likely to look for other deals and could be forced to pay up for them, as its top seller, Humira, moves closer to losing patent exclusivity, the Journal said, citing analysts. Reference Link
05:55 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; ABBV CSX
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October 16, 2014
16:29 EDTABBVShire price target lowered to $198 from $278 at Leerink
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15:10 EDTABBVAmerican College of Gastroenterology to hold annual meeting
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 to be held in Philadlephia, PA on October 17-22.
12:04 EDTABBVStocks with call strike movement; ABBV GM
AbbVie (ABBV) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 29, General Motors (GM) March 33 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to IVolatility.
08:58 EDTABBVAllergan was pressured by AbbVie news, says BMO Capital
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08:52 EDTABBVAbbVie price target lowered to $59 from $71 at BMO Capital
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06:17 EDTABBVJefferies says Medtronic 'needs to do' Covidien takeover
Jefferies says it "can't see how Medtronic walks" from the Covidien (COV) takeover given how compelling the merger is. The firm confirmed with Medtronic (MDT) that nothing has changed in the company's commitment to the deal since new financing terms were announced on October 3. In Jefferies view, "Medtronic needs to do this deal." It notes the spread on the acquisition widened significantly on the news that Abbvie (ABBV) is reconsidering its acquisition of Shire (SHPG).
05:37 EDTABBVShire releases statement regarding AbbVie withdrawal of recommendation
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05:21 EDTABBVAbbVie recommends holders vote against Shire transaction
Following Shire's (SHPG) waiver of the three-day notice period, AbbVie (ABBV) announces its board withdraws its recommendation made on July 18 regarding the proposed Shire transaction and recommends that stockholders vote against the transaction. AbbVie and its board made this determination following a detailed consideration of the impact of the U.S. Department of Treasury's unilateral changes to the tax rules, as issued on September 22. The breadth and scope of the changes, including the unexpected nature of the exercise of administrative authority to impact longstanding tax principles, and to target specifically a subset of companies that would be treated differently than either other inverted companies or foreign domiciled entities, introduced an unacceptable level of uncertainty to the transaction. Additionally, the changes eliminated certain of the financial benefits of the transaction, most notably the ability to access current and future global cash flows in a tax efficient manner as originally contemplated in the transaction. This fundamentally changed the implied value of Shire to AbbVie in a significant manner. Under the conditions of AbbVie's offer and the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, the withdrawal of the recommendation alone will not cause a lapse of AbbVie's offer or terminate the Co-operation Agreement between AbbVie and Shire. Unless Shire and the U.K. Takeover Panel agree otherwise, AbbVie must convene an AbbVie stockholder meeting to consider the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement. AbbVie's offer will lapse if the company's stockholders do not adopt the agreement. Assuming Shire provides the requisite cooperation and consents, a pre-effective amendment to the registration statement filed by AbbVie Private Limited in connection with the combination is expected to be filed with the SEC as soon as practicable. Under the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, following the withdrawal of the AbbVie Board of Directors' recommendation, a break fee of approximately $1.64B will be payable to Shire if either: AbbVie stockholders do not approve the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement at an AbbVie stockholder meeting; or such a meeting does not occur by December 14.
October 15, 2014
17:17 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire both look like buys no matter what, Barron's says
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) both offer great value and are buys even without a merger, Barron's argues in its 'Barron's Take' column. Reference Link
16:37 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
15:00 EDTABBVShire-Allergan, AbbVie-Pfizer deals possible if merger scrapped, Bloomberg says
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13:45 EDTABBVShire waives notice requirement for AbbVie board meeting
Shire (SHPG) announces that, in order to "allow the period of uncertainty for its shareholders, employees and other stakeholders to be reduced," it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's (ABBV) board to meet to consider its recommendation of the offer for Shire.
13:19 EDTABBVAbbVie close to dropping takeover bid for Shire, Bloomberg reports
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12:59 EDTABBVShire at lows down 33% after Bloomberg says AbbVie close to dropping bid
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12:58 EDTABBVAbbVie close to dropping takeover bid for Shire, Bloomberg reports
12:58 EDTABBVAbbVie close to dropping takeover bid for Shire, Bloomberg reports
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12:36 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:48 EDTABT, ABBVShire tanks with AbbVie calling board meeting over merger
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09:57 EDTABBVLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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09:20 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:06 EDTNCITNCI, Inc. awarded $125M contract
NCI, Inc.announced that it was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, single-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract valued at $125M for cyber network operations and security support services for the U.S. Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command G3/5/7. The new contract has a 12-month base period with two one-year option periods and one six-month option period.
07:32 EDTDELLUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
07:30 EDTABBVAbbVie review of Shire deal an 'unwelcome surprise,' says Jefferies
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07:07 EDTESIFor profit education positive catalysts outweigh negative, says Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo expects for-profit education stocks to benefit from improved hiring trends and a sale by Corinthian of its assets that, according t othe firm ,would set a valuation floor for the sector. The firm continues to believe that the final gainful employment rule will be neutral to positive for the group. Wells favors the option value on the long side for the sector. Publicly traded companies in the space include American Public Education (APEI), Apollo Education (APOL), Bridgepoint Education (BPI), Career Education (CECO), Corinthian Colleges (COCO), DeVry (DV), Grand Canyon (LOPE), ITT Educational (ESI) and Strayer (STRA).
06:58 EDTABBVAbbVie volatility elevated into reconsidering Shire merger
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06:55 EDTABBVShire volatility elevated into AbbVie reconsidering merger recommendation
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05:34 EDTABBVShire says AbbVie should proceed with recommended offer
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October 14, 2014
19:59 EDTABBVAbbVie down nearly 2% after board reconsiders Shire merger
19:48 EDTABBVAbbVie board reconsidering recommendation to holders to accept Shire merger
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19:46 EDTABBVAbbVie board reconsidering recommendation to holders to accept Shire merger
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17:23 EDTESIBarnstar Opportunities reports 5.4% passive stake in ITT Educational
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12:41 EDTABBVGilead retreats following Johnson & Johnson comments on HCV drug
Shares of Gilead (GILD), which has developed a hepatitis C treatment, are retreating after Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said it would seek to make its own hepatitis C treatment accessible and competitive. Some investors believe that Johnson & Johnson's comments suggest that it will cut the price of its hepatitis C drug. WHAT'S NEW: Johnson & Johnson said on its earnings conference call today that it was "committed" to its treatment for hepatitis C virus, or HCV. The company added that it intends to remain competitive in the space and would look to make its HCV treatment, Olysio, accessible. In a separate development today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Abbvie (ABBV), which also has an HCV treatment, may have to consider pricing its HCV drug more aggressively after Gilead received FDA approval for Harvoni, the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. One analyst quoted by The Journal, Roger Longman, said that AbbVie should consider pricing its drug at $76,000 for a 12 week regimen, representing a 20% discount to Harvoni, which will be priced at $94,500 for a full 12 week regimen. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee wrote that the weakness in Gilead's stock today has created a buying opportunity. Johnson & Johnson probably can't reduce the price of its Olysio drug much, since it is often used in combination with Gilead's Sovaldi, which costs $84,000 for 12 weeks, RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee wrote in a note to investors today. The price of AbbVie's treatment is unlikely to be much below Sovaldi's price, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gilead, along with a number of other drug companies, may also be under pressure because Ireland is reportedly closing its "Irish Double" tax loophole. Gilead is one of the companies that currently benefits from the "Irish Double," but Yee says that closing the loophole should only have a "minimal" impact on Gilead. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Gilead fell 3.3% to $98.10, AbbVie gained 1.7% to $54.53 and Johnson & Johnson lost 0.6% to $98.52.
10:51 EDTABBVGilead weakness a buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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10:05 EDTABBVAbbVie could cause Hep C price tipping point with aggressive pricing, WSJ says
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October 13, 2014
09:23 EDTABBVAbbVie's Humira for hidradenitis suppurativa meets Phase 3 trial endpoint
AbbVie announced new results from PIONEER II, a pivotal Phase 3 study, demonstrating the effect of Humira in reducing common clinical signs and symptoms in moderate-to-severe hidradenitis suppurativa, specifically the number of abscesses and inflammatory nodules. The results of this study, in combination with previously presented results from PIONEER I, will contribute to worldwide regulatory filings for an expanded use of Humira, which is not currently approved by regulatory authorities for the treatment of HS.
07:39 EDTABBVPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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07:37 EDTABBVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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October 9, 2014
08:28 EDTABBVGilead to be challenged by AbbVie in HCV near-term, says Bernstein
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October 8, 2014
07:18 EDTABBVInfectious Diseases Society of America to hold a conference
ID Week 2014 is being held in Philadelphia on October 8-12.
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