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June 22, 2014
20:56 EDTSHPG, ABBVAbbVie looks to diversify product mix with Shire offer, Bloomberg says
With AbbVie's (ABBV) $46.5B bid for Dublin based for Shire (SHPG), Richard Gonzalez, the AbbVie CEO is looking to diversify his company's product mix which is currently largely dependent on arthritis medicine Humira, says Bloomberg. Reference Link
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February 10, 2016
17:28 EDTSHPGShire partner Shionogi submits NDA in Japan for ADHD treatment for children
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16:43 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks endured another roller coaster session as Fed Chair Yellen kicked off her annual pilgrimage to Capitol Hill. The averages began the day in positive territory, helped by an early rise in oil prices. The averages shot higher following a bullish oil inventory report, but soon afterward reversed and began to lose ground. The Nasdaq, which had been the strongest of the indexes throughout the day, maintained its leadership while the other indexes faltered. The Dow struggled under the weight of Disney (DIS) shares, which were lower following the company's earnings report, and gave in to the selling pressure for good late in the day, falling into the red near the close of the session. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee. Tomorrow, she will present to the Senate Banking Committee. In her prepared remarks ahead of her testimony, Yellen said U.S. financial conditions have recently become "less supportive of growth," citing declines in the stock market, higher borrowing rates for riskier borrowers, and further appreciation of the dollar. Yellen also noted that foreign economic developments pose risks to domestic economic growth, noting that these growth concerns, along with strong supply conditions and high inventories, contributed to the recent fall in the prices of oil and other commodities. In a Q&A session, Yellen said she did not think recent market volatility warrants a rate cut. Separately, the Treasury announced a $55.2B budget surplus for January, much improved from the $17.5B shortfall registered in January of 2015. In Asia, Japanese stock indexes sank further, with the Topix falling another 3% and the Nikkei dropping over 2%. COMPANY NEWS: Continuing a recent trend in the media space, Time Warner (TWX) reported lower than expected quarterly revenues and saw its stock punished. The shares ended the day down 5% to $60.03, after slipping much further early in the session, despite the fact that its fourth quarter earnings topped expectations, as did its profit forecast for the new fiscal year, with the company also hiking its dividend 15% and authorizing a $5B share buyback program. Meanwhile, Disney last night reported better than expected earnings and revenue, powered by its blockbuster "Star Wars" film, but its shares fell 3.8% to $88.82 as investors continue to worry about the future of traditional media companies in the face of industry shifting trends such as cord-cutting and over-the-top video... SolarCity (SCTY) plunged 29.3% to $18.63 after reporting lower than projected installations in Q4 and giving lower than expected Q1 installation guidance. The stock's slide also weighed on its peers in the solar space, as First Solar (FSLR) fell 3% and Sunrun (RUN) dropped 15.7%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Fitbit (FIT), which advanced 2.7% to $14.68 after Vanguard reported a 9.2% stake in the company and Salesforce (CRM) founder, chairman, and CEO Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake. Also higher was Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), which rose 4.7% to $33.70 after AbbVie (ABBV), in cooperation with the company, announced that the second Phase 3 trial of endometriosis drug Elagolix met its co-primary endpoints. Meanwhile, Akamai (AKAM) and Panera Bread (PNRA) gained 21.2% and 4.95%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. Among the notable losers was Retrophin (RTRX), which declined 0.7% to $13.64 after Imprimis Pharmaceuticals (IMMY) said it intends to make an alternative to the company's Thiola product. Also lower were ARM Holdings (ARMH) and Demandware (DWRE), which lost 8.82% and 8.81%, respectively, after reporting quarterly results. INDEXES: The Dow fell 99.64, or 0.62%, to 15,914.74, the Nasdaq gained 14.83, or 0.35%, to 4,283.59, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.35, or 0.02%, to 1,851.86.
10:02 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Aralez (ARLZ) initiated with a Buy at Guggenheim... Atlassian (TEAM) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... CareDx (CDNA) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Denison Mines (DNN) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Deutsche Boerse (DBOEY) initiated with a Neutral at Exane BNP Paribas... Instructure (INST) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Kirkland's (KIRK) initiated with a Buy at B. Riley... Mesa Labs (MLAB) initiated with a Buy at Janney Capital... Natural Grocers (NGVC) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Nordex (NRDXF) initiated with an Overweight at Barclays... Old Line Bancshares (OLBK) initiated with a Market Perform at Keefe Bruyette... Shire (SHPG) initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim... T2 Biosystems (TTOO) initiated with a Buy at Cantor... iRobot (IRBT) initiated with a Buy at Chardan.
09:19 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Akamai (AKAM), up 16.5%... Prospect Capital (PSEC), up 10.7%... Panera Bread (PNRA), up 2%. ALSO HIGHER: Deutsche Bank (DB), up 6.1% after the Financial Times reported that the company is considering a multibillion bond buyback... Fitbit (FIT), up 3.7% after Marc Benioff reported a 5% stake in the company... FireEye (FEYE), up 3.9% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BTIG... Shire (SHPG), up 1.7% after being upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Time Warner (TWX), down 7.6%... Disney (DIS), down 5.1%... SolarCity (SCTY), down 27.8%. ALSO LOWER: CTI BioPharma (CTIC), down 38% after the FDA placed pacritinib IND on full clinical hold... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), down 40.1% after 29.1M share Spot Unit offering priced at $0.275.
08:25 EDTSHPGShire upgraded on valuation at RBC Capital
As noted earlier, RBC Capital upgraded Shire to Outperform from Sector Perform. The firm believes that the recent decline in the stock more than accounts for any competitive risks facing the company's Baxalta drug. Target $240.
07:19 EDTSHPGShire says David Kappler to step down as deputy chairman
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06:58 EDTABBVAbbVie reports second Elagolix Phase 3 clinical trial met co-primary endpoint
AbbVie (ABBV), in cooperation with Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), announced positive top-line results from the second of two replicate pivotal Phase 3 clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and safety of Elagolix in premenopausal women who suffer pain from endometriosis. Trial results show that after six months of continuous treatment, both doses of Elagolix met the study's co-primary endpoints. Elagolix reduced scores of menstrual pain and non-menstrual pelvic pain, or NMPP, associated with endometriosis, at month three and month six, as measured by the Daily Assessment of Endometriosis Pain scale. Responder rates for the co-primary endpoints from this second Phase 3 pivotal study are consistent with results from the first Phase 3 pivotal study.
06:28 EDTSHPGShire upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital
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February 9, 2016
16:14 EDTSHPGShire initiated with a Neutral at Guggenheim
09:56 EDTSHPGIntercept higher following report of vague takeover chatter
Shares of Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT) are moving after United Kingdom blog Proactive Investors discussed "reheated rumours" of a takeover. "Vague talk" has Intercept teaming up with CenterView Partners to advise on a sale, the blog states. It mentions AstraZeneca (AZN) as a possible suitor now that Shire (SHPG) has reached an agreement to acquire Baxalta (BXLT). Shares of Intercept, which is developing treatments for chronic liver diseases, are up 4% to $97.39 in early trading.
February 8, 2016
16:06 EDTABBVEnanta sees Q2 royalty revenue at least 3% of AbbVie's reported VIEKIRA sales
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February 7, 2016
14:30 EDTABBVAbbVie's juvenile arthritis treatment receives orphan designation
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14:10 EDTABBVAbbVie's venetoclax receives orphan designation for myeloid leukemia
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February 5, 2016
10:02 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 21st Century Fox (FOXA) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... AbbVie (ABBV) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... CBS (CBS) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Criteo (CRTO) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... LHC Group (LHCG) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Marriott Vacations (VAC) initiated with an Outperform at Credit Suisse... Prestige Brands (PBH) initiated with an Overweight at Piper Jaffray... Rubicon Project (RUBI) initiated with an Outperform at Boenning & Scattergood... TESARO (TSRO) initiated with a Buy at Lake Street... Time Warner (TWX) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... TubeMogul (TUBE) initiated with a Neutral at Boenning & Scattergood... Viacom (VIAB) initiated with an Outperform at Telsey Advisory... Wyndham (WYN) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse.
09:37 EDTABBVActive equity options trading on open
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06:28 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
William Blair analyst Y. Katherine Xu started AbbVie with an Outperform rating and $76 price target. The Humira franchise has "higher and longer growth prospects" than the Street projects, Xu tells investors in a research note.
February 4, 2016
16:00 EDTSHPGShire's NDA for lifitegrast for dry eye resubmssion acknowledged by FDA
Shire announced that the FDA has acknowledged receipt of the resubmission of the New Drug Application for lifitegrast for the treatment of signs and symptoms of dry eye disease in adults. Shire resubmitted the NDA in response to the complete response letter received from the FDA on October 16, 2015 that requested an additional clinical study and more information related to product quality. The FDA determined that the submission is a complete response and has assigned a 6-month review period for the NDA and a Prescription Drug User Fee Act goal date of July 22.
12:41 EDTABBVAbbVie management to meet with Evercore ISI
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February 3, 2016
08:07 EDTSHPGMedgenics names Brian Piper to succeed John Leaman as CFO
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February 2, 2016
09:46 EDTSHPGIntercept rumored to draw interest from many suitors, Daily Mail says
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