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June 10, 2014
08:24 EDTABBV, IDIX, MRKAbbVie shares defended at BMO Capital
After Abbvie's (ABBV) stock fell following Merck's (MRK) acquisition of Idenix (IDIX), BMO Capital still believes that the size and durability of the HCV market and Abbvie's franchise are unappreciated. The firm sees Merck as a significant competitor in HCV, but adds that the potential of the assets it acquired from Idenix is "uncertain and somewhat risky." BMO Capital continues to identify AbbVie as a top pick.
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September 5, 2014
16:45 EDTMRKMarket ends week little changed after mixed economic data
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11:17 EDTMRKBristol-Myers files patent infringement suit against Merck
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08:39 EDTMRKMerck Keytruda sales to reach $5B in 2018, says BMO Capital
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September 4, 2014
15:16 EDTMRKMerck receives accelerated approval of Keytruda
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09:02 EDTMRKMerck's relebactam granted QIDP, fast track designations by FDA
Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated relebactam -- previously known as MK-7655 -- the companyís investigational beta-lactamase inhibitor, as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product with designated Fast Track status. The QIDP and Fast Track designations apply to intravenous use of relebactam for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections and hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia/ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia. Relebactam is an investigational, class A and C, beta-lactamase inhibitor that is being evaluated in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. In preclinical studies, relebactam administered in combination with imipenem/cilastatin demonstrated antibacterial activity against a broad range of Gram-negative and beta-lactam-resistant pathogens. Merck plans to initiate Phase 3 studies with relebactam in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in 2015.
08:52 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals upgraded at JMP Securities
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07:38 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals price target raised to $21-$25 from $17-$20 at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo increased its price target on Infinity (INFY) after the company announced a global development and commercialization oncology agreement with AbbVie (ABBV) for duvelisib. The firm thinks the financial terms of the deal are favorably for Infinity, and significantly lower the risk presented by Infinity's stock. It raised its estimate of the drug's chances of success to 75% from 65% and keeps an Outperform rating on Infinity.
07:21 EDTMRKMedidata can obtain major new platform customers, says Stifel
Noting that Medidata (MDSO) partners with Veeva, Stifel believes that a number of Veeva (VEEV) customers could become Medidata platform customers, especially if they already use Medidata for R&D and clinical trial solutions. The firm identifies Merck (MRK), Gilead (GILD), and Teva (TEVA) as companies that may become platform clients for Medidata. Stifel keeps a $55 price target and Buy rating on Medidata.
September 3, 2014
17:25 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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16:20 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in positive territory after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had an outline for a cease-fire plan for eastern Ukraine and was closing in an agreement. The averages hit their highs shortly after the open and the Nasdaq was the first index to cross into negative territory as it was weighed down by Apple's (AAPL) decline. The market moved in a narrow range as investors anticipated the Fedís Beige Book report, scheduled for release mid-afternoon. The report was fairly benign and the market limped into the close, with volume remaining light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: U.S. factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book stated that the pace of growth did not change significantly in any of the central bank's 12 regions during a six week period ended in August compared with the previous six week period. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated $4.36, or 4.22%, to $98.94 after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which surged $4.81, or 44.05%, to $15.73 after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which jumped $3.94, or 9.16%, to $46.97 ahead of its second quarter earnings report, which is due tomorrow morning. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which fell $4.11, or 18.55%, to $18.05 after FDA briefing documents ahead of a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower after its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell $4.47, or 11.54%, to $34.27. Analysts at Piper Jaffray attributed the post-earnings weakness to investor concerns over heightened inventory levels, but the firm said it still sees Vince as one of the best small cap growth names in its space and would be "aggressive buyers" on the weakness. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 10.72, or 0.06%, to 17,078.28, the Nasdaq fell 25.62, or 0.56%, to 4,572.56, and the S&P 500 slipped 1.56, or 0.08%, to 2,000.72.
16:09 EDTABBVAbbVie backs Q3 adjusted EPS view 77c-79c, consensus 77c
16:09 EDTABBVAbbVie confirms FY14 adjusted EPS view $3.06-$3.16, consensus $3.16
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13:02 EDTABBVAbbVie, Calico announce collaboration
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12:33 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were higher to begin the day, as reports spurred optimism that a ceasefire agreement between Russia and the Ukraine may soon be reached. The move was short lived, as the averages turned mixed during the second hour of trading. Shares of Apple (AAPL) are weighing down the Nasdaq after an analyst recommended investors take some profits in the stock. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., factory orders rose 10.5% in July, which was a bit below the forecast for 11.0% growth. The Fed's Beige Book is scheduled to be released at 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the final reading of Eurozone services PMI was knocked down to 53.1 from a preliminary 53.5 reading, mirroring the lowering of the Eurozone manufacturing PMI reading yesterday. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple retreated 4% after research firm Pacific Crest advised investors to take some profits in the stock. Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves forecast the percentage of new iPhone users who buy the next version of the device beyond the iPhone 6 is likely to decline versus prior cycles. The stock likely has only limited room to increase, according to Hargreaves, who said he would probably downgrade Apple unless new products that can generate billions of dollars in new operating profit are launched at its September 9 event... Carmakers reported on August vehicle sales in the U.S., with Chrysler (FIATY) reporting a 20% increase, Ford stating that sales rose slightly compared to the prior year and General Motors (GM) posting a 1.2% decline in sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI), which jumped 46% after the company announced a cancer drug collaboration with AbbVie (ABBV) and a master clinical supply agreement with Roche (RHHBY). Also higher was Mobileye (MBLY), which gained nearly 10% after Morgan Stanley wrote that the stock could rise "towards $100" if the company maintains its current market, gross margins and earnings position. Mobileye is scheduled to report on its second quarter results tomorrow morning, which will be its first quarterly report since its August IPO. Among the noteworthy losers was Repros Therapeutics (RPRX), which dropped 15% after newly posted FDA briefing documents regarding a panel on T-normalizing therapies prompted Piper Jaffray to downgrade the stock to Neutral from Overweight. Also lower following its earnings report was apparel company Vince Holding (VNCE), which fell 11%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 33.71, or 0.2%, to 17,101.27, the Nasdaq was down 23.24, or 0.51%, to 4,574.95, and the S&P 500 was down 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,001.64.
09:15 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:59 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the strategic collaboration with AbbVie Inc to develop and commercialize duvelisib will be held on September 3 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
06:48 EDTABBVInfinity, AbbVie announce global strategic collaboration to develop duvelisib
Infinity Pharmaceuticals (INFI) and AbbVie (ABBV) announced that they have entered into a global collaboration to develop and commercialize duvelisib, Infinityís oral inhibitor of phosphoinositide-3-kinase-delta and PI3K-gamma, for the treatment of patients with cancer. Duvelisib has shown clinical activity across a broad range of blood cancers, including indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Infinity is conducting registration-focused trials evaluating the safety and efficacy of duvelisib, including DYNAMOTM, a Phase 2 study in patients with iNHL, and DUOTM, a Phase 3 study in patients with CLL. Under the terms of the agreement, Infinity will receive an upfront payment of $275M and is eligible to receive up to $530M in additional payments for the achievement of development, regulatory and commercial milestones, including up to $405M for the achievement of milestones through the first commercial sale of duvelisib. In the U.S., the companies will jointly commercialize duvelisib and will share equally in any potential profits. Outside the U.S., AbbVie will be responsible for the conduct and funding of commercialization of duvelisib, and Infinity is eligible to receive tiered double-digit royalties on net product sales. Development and commercialization activities under the collaboration will be managed through a shared governance structure. In the U.S., Infinity and AbbVie will jointly commercialize duvelisib, assuming regulatory approval, with Infinity booking sales, and will share equally in any potential profits or losses. Outside the U.S., AbbVie will be responsible for conducting and funding of any commercialization of duvelisib, and Infinity is eligible to receive tiered royalties on net product sales, with percentages ranging from 23.5%-30.5%. For sales of duvelisib in the U.S., AbbVie and Infinity will share equally the existing royalty obligations to Mundipharma International Corporation Limited/Purdue Pharmaceutical Products L.P., and Infinity will be responsible for these royalty obligations outside of the U.S. Infinity will also be responsible for the existing royalty obligations to Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company for sales of duvelisib worldwide. As part of the strategic collaboration, the companies will share responsibility for the conduct of specific trials specified within an agreed-upon global development plan, with each company leading the development of certain trials within the plan. For the initial global development plan agreed to by the companies, Infinity will fund the trials it conducts and the companies will share equally the funding of trials conducted by AbbVie. The agreement includes plans to launch multiple Phase 2 and Phase 3 studies of duvelisib in hematologic malignancies over the next several years.
06:48 EDTABBVInfinity Pharmaceuticals, AbbVie announce global strategic collaboration
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September 2, 2014
07:12 EDTABBVCredit Suisse names its Top U.S. Pharmaceutical picks for 2H
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06:36 EDTABBVMedtronic, AbbVie reimburse executives for inversion-triggered taxes, WSJ says
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