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January 2, 2013
07:56 EDTABBV, ABTAbbott completes separation of research-based pharmaceutical business
Abbott (ABT) announced it has completed the separation of its research-based pharmaceuticals business, which became AbbVie (ABBV), a new independent biopharmaceutical company. AbbVie will begin trading independently on the New York Stock Exchange today under the symbol "ABBV."
News For ABT;ABBV From The Last 14 Days
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August 31, 2015
14:00 EDTABBVAbbVie September calls active
AbbVie September 65 and 67.5 calls are active on total call volume of 37K contracts (9K puts). September weekly call option implied volatility is at 37, September is at 36, October is at 31; compared to its 52-week range of 18 to 36. Active call volume suggests traders taking positions for price movement.
05:36 EDTABTStocks with implied volatility movement; MNKD ABT
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August 27, 2015
13:42 EDTABTAnalyst says Abbott-St. Jude deal looks unlikely
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12:41 EDTABTOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session sharply higher, extending the rally that started yesterday. A number of factors may be contributors to today's strength, including China's government intervening in its market last night and pushing its key stock index up 5%, dovish comments made by N.Y. Fed President Bill Dudley yesterday regarding the potential for a September interest rate hike and an upward revision in the estimate of second quarter GDP growth. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the updated estimate of GDP growth showed the economy grew 3.7% in the second quarter, topping expectations for annualized growth to be revised up to 3.2% from the prior estimate of 2.3%. Personal consumption in the quarter rose 3.1%, matching expectations. 271,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week, versus expectations for 274,000 first-time claims. The NAR pending home sales index rose 0.5% in July, missing the expectation for an increase of 1%. In China, the Shanghai composite index rose 5.3%, stemming its recent string of down days, with media reports indicating that the government may have played a role by stepping in to buy stocks. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of St. Jude Medical (STJ) advanced 4.5% after the Financial Times reported, citing sources, that Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the medical device maker at $25B. An Abbott spokesperson, however, issued statements to Bloomberg, CNBC and the Wall Street Journal following the report to deny that it is pursuing a bid for St. Jude, which struck a deal in July to acquire fellow medical device manufacturer Thoratec (THOR) for $63.50 per share in cash, or $3.4B, net of cash acquired. Thoratec shares slid 0.5% near noon following the report, as investors may be concerned that the previously announced deal could be jeopardized if Abbott does in fact step in to the situation... Shares of Freeport-McMoRan (FCX) surged 28% this morning after the miner and oil explorer announced plans to cut spending and production, including plans to cut about 10% of employees and contractors at its U.S. mining operations. Freeport has lowered its 2016 capital expenditure budget to $4B, or approximately 29% lower than the $5.6B estimate it issued on July 23, which it said reflects "aggressive" actions in response to current market conditions. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Movado (MOV), which gained 20% after the company reported better than expected second quarter results and backed its fiscal year earnings view. Also higher following its earnings report was Signet Jewelers (SIG), whose shares rose 13%. Another jeweler reporting earnings this morning, Tiffany (TIF), which slid 3% after the company lowered its fiscal year outlook. Among the other noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Williams-Sonoma (WSM), which dropped 7%, and Dollar General (DG), which slipped 4%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 311.33, or 1.91%, to 16,596.84, the Nasdaq was up 109.30, or 2.33%, to 4,806.83, and the S&P 500 was up 42.77, or 2.2%, to 1,983.28.
12:20 EDTABTDeutsche Bank says would have mixed view of Abbott-St. Jude deal
Deutsche Bank analyst Kristen Stewart said she would have a "somewhat mixed" view if Abbott (ABT) were in fact to pursue a deal to buy St. Jude Medical (STJ), as was raised as a possibility by a Financial Times report this morning. Stewart said the addition of St. Jude would "significantly" improve Abbott's Device division, specifically its vascular franchise, but she adds that the $25B bid discussed in the report would be "full value" for St. Jude and wonders if such a deal would be the most efficient use of capital for a diversified company like Abbott. The analyst said her view on each stock is unchanged overall at this point and she keeps her Buy rating on Abbott and Hold rating on St. Jude.
12:07 EDTABTAbbott bid for St. Jude doesn't seem likely, says Wells Fargo
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09:26 EDTABTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:57 EDTABTAbbott spokesman says company not making offer for St. Jude, Bloomberg reports
The spokesperson's statement to Bloomberg follows a report earlier this morning from Financial Times that claimed Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer for St. Jude Medical (STJ) that would value the latter at $25B.
07:51 EDTABTThoratec volatility low into report Abbott prepping offer for St. Jude Medical
Thoratec (THOR) September call option implied volatility is at 10, October is at 6; compared to its 52-week range of 8 to 54 suggesting decreasing price movement into reports Abbott (ABT) is preparing a bid for St. Jude Medical (STJ). In July St. Jude Medical and Thoratec approved an agreement under which St. Jude Medical will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Thoratec for $63.50 per share in a cash. The deal is scheduled to close in Q4.
07:45 EDTABTAbbott volatility up into report prepping takeover offer for St. Jude Medical
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07:39 EDTABTSt. Jude Medical volatility up, Abbott prepping $25B takeover offer FT reports
St. Jude Medical (STJ) September call option implied volatility is at 29, October is at 27; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 36; suggesting slightly larger near term price movement into Abbott (ABT) is prepping a takeover offer that would value the company at $25B, sources tell The Financial Times.
06:57 EDTABTAbbott prepping $25B takeover offer for St. Jude Medical, FT reports
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06:56 EDTABTAbbott prepping $25B takeover offer for St. Jude Medical, FT reports
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August 25, 2015
19:34 EDTABBVExperts tell White House to expand use of Hepatitis C drugs, NYT says
Health care experts from the Public Health Service and the Advisory Council on H.I.V./AIDS have recommended that Medicaid officials expand the use of costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni, reports the New York Times, citing correspondence sent to the White House. The advisory council said current usage limitations on the drugs are "unreasonable," but it also suggested that manufacturers disclose drug development costs in the face of the significant price tags on modern Hepatitis C treatments. Reference Link
09:03 EDTABBVAcorda has major overhang removed by IPR denials, says Leerink
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August 19, 2015
06:09 EDTABBVUnited Therapeutics agrees to sell PPRV to AbbVie for $350M
United Therapeutics (UTHR) announced that it has entered into an agreement to sell its Rare Pediatric Disease Priority Review Voucher, or PPRV, to a subsidiary of AbbVie (ABBV). United Therapeutics received the PPRV when Unituxin was approved by the FDA for the treatment of neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric disease. Upon closing of the transaction, United Therapeutics will receive $350M in cash in exchange for the PPRV. The voucher was awarded by the FDA under a provision that encourages development of new drugs and biologics for the prevention and treatment of rare pediatric diseases.
05:57 EDTABBVAbbVie implied volatility of 20 at lower end of index mean range

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