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July 1, 2014
11:18 EDTABBV, JNJAbbVie patents affirmed as invalid by appeals court in suit with J&J unit
An appeals court affirmed a lower court finding that AbbVie (ABBV) patents involving antibodies that are useful for treating diseases are invalid. AbbVie has sued Janssen Biotech, a unit of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), and Centocor Biologics for infringement of the patent claims. Reference Link
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July 14, 2014
15:19 EDTJNJ Johnson & Johnson July 105 straddle priced for 1.6% move into Q2
14:27 EDTJNJEarnings Preview: J&J pharmaceutical sales expected to drive Q2
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, July 15, with a conference call scheduled for 8:30 am ET. Johnson & Johnson, together with its subsidiaries, is engaged in the research and development, manufacture, and sale of various products in the health care field worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $1.55 on revenue of $18.94B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $1.45-$1.61 on revenue of $18.55B-$19.30B. LAST QUARTER: Johnson & Johnson reported first quarter EPS of $1.54 against estimates of $1.48 on revenue of $18.1B against estimates of $18B. The drug maker raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.80-$5.90 against a consensus estimate of $5.83. J&J noted a 3.2% decrease in worldwide consumer sales in Q1 but saw a 10.8% increase in worldwide pharmaceutical sales. Primary contributors to operational sales growth in Q1 pharmaceutical sales were Stelara, Invega, Sustenna/Xeplion, Prezista, Velcade and sales of new products. Pharmaceutical sales results were negatively impacted by loss of exclusivity for Aciphex, a proton pump inhibitor for gastrointestinal disorders and Concerta for the treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. STREET RESEARCH: On July 14, RBC Capital raised its Q2 estimates for Johnson & Johnson to reflect the firm's outlook for higher pharmaceutical sales by the company. The firm raised its price target on the shares to $110 from $106 and kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Johnson & Johnson are up approximately 8.5% since its last earnings report, and are trading near flat in afternoon trading.
12:24 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson technical notes before earnings
The company is scheduled to report before market open on July 15th. The shares in the prior three months have risen by more than 8%, anticipating positive news for the current and forthcoming quarters. At the current price of $105.39, the only remaining established resistance on the daily chart is at the life high of $106.74. If the news and guidance is better than expected, a run to $110, or $115 at an extreme, would be possible. If the news fails to meet expectations or guidance is weak, support would be at $102.70, the 50-day moving average. A break below this uptrend support proxy would be a sell signal in many technical trading systems and would break an uptrend in place since early March of this year. On a sliding scale of increasingly weaker news, supports would next be at $99.96, and then at $96.87.
09:34 EDTABBVAbbVie falls after revised Shire acquisition proposal, levels to watch
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09:16 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Citigroup (C), up 3.6% after reporting better than expected Q2 results, announcing $7B settlement with DOJ and FDIC... Apple (AAPL), up 0.7% after Barclays upgrades stock to Overweight, Morgan Stanley raises Apple estimates above consensus... Shire (SHPG), up 1.6% after receiving revised proposal from AbbVie (ABBV) of GPB 53.20 per share, which it says it would be willing to recommend to Shire shareholders. AbbVie is down 2.8% after the news... Mylan (MYL), up 4% after acquiring Abbott's (ABT) non-U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business in all-stock transaction valued at about $5.3B. Abbott up 1.6% after the news... Progenics (PGNX), up 13% after FDA says RELISTOR can be approved on data submitted in sNDA... Exelixis (EXEL), up 13% after announcing coBRIM Phase 3 trial met primary endpoint... URS (URS) up 8% after acquired by AECOM Technology (ACM) for $56.31 per share. AECOM shares alos up 2% after deal announcement... Whiting Petroleum (WLL), up 4.5% after agreeing to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas (KOG) in a $6B transaction. Kodiak Oil & Gas up 3%... Kandi Technologies (KNDI), up 11% after announcing JV's sale of 4,114 EVs in Q2. LOWER: Riverbed (RVBD), down 4.5% after saying it sees its Q2 adjusted EPS at low end of 26c-28c range... Harmonic (HLIT), down 13% after reporting preliminary Q2 earnings results.. EBay (EBAY), down 0.5% after downgraded at Pacific Crest, confirming partnership plans with Sotheby's (BID).
08:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on any weakness, says RBC Capital
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05:27 EDTABBVShire receives revised proposal from AbbVie of GPB 53.20 per share
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July 13, 2014
17:10 EDTABBVShire said to seek bid of near 53 pounds per share from AbbVie, Reuters says
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July 11, 2014
16:46 EDTABBVStocks end week lower on European, Fed concerns
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14:13 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie didn't commit to further talks, Dow reports
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13:58 EDTABBVShire confirms meeting with AbbVie representatives
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11:54 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire in active takeover talks, Bloomberg reports
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are in active talks about a potential merger after AbbVie raised its takeover offer for a fourth time, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter. The talks are in the early stage and may not lead to an agreement, sources told Bloomberg. Shares of Shire are up 5%, or $12.04, to $250.65 following the report.
11:34 EDTABBVShire jumps 5% after Bloomberg report on talks with AbbVie
11:33 EDTABBVShire, AbbVie held talks after latest raised takeover offer, Bloomberg says
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07:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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06:29 EDTABBVAbbVie encourages largest Shire shareholders to pursue talks, Bloomberg says
Shire (SHPG) is hearing from its largest shareholders who are encouraging the company to come to the table and work out an agreement with AbbVie (ABBV), according to Bloomberg, citing three people familiar with the matter. AbbVie is targeting Shire in a $51.1B takeover offer. Reference Link
July 10, 2014
09:40 EDTABBVAbbVie, Shire not holding talks at this point as deadline approaches, CNBC says
AbbVie (ABBV) and Shire (SHPG) are not holding talks at this point, according to CNBC's David Faber, citing sources. Shire confirmed two days ago that it has received AbbVie's latest, raised takeover offer and that its board will meet to consider the proposal.
July 9, 2014
08:19 EDTABBVAbbVie offer may not bring Shire to negotiating table, says BMO Capital
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07:38 EDTABBVShire still has leverage, can get one more raise from AbbVie, Reuters contends
The selloff in shares of Shire (SHPG) and AbbVie (ABBV) yesterday following the latter's increased takeover offer suggests the market now expects a strong rebuttal from Shire, but "one plausible response" is a gently worded rejection that signals that another raised bid would be enough to secure a deal without a hostile play, contended Reuters Breakingviews columnists Neil Unmack and Robert Cyran. Shire’s board still has some leverage and can "probably extract one more increase in return for their recommendation," the authors believe. Reference Link
06:40 EDTABBVAbbVie required to retract comments in Shire takeover battle, Reuters says
AbbVie (ABBV) has been required to take back comments made by its CEO Richard Gonzalez regarding shareholder support for its offer for Shire (SHPG), according to Reuters, citing a statement from the U.S. drugmaker. British takeover rules say that a rival is not allowed to claim support for its bid unless it has this in writing from shareholders. Reference Link
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