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January 17, 2014
Senior Technical Analyst Johnson provides an overview of the firm's covered universes, Biotech & Specialty Pharmaceuticals, from the viewpoint of a technical analyst on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 10 am.
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November 17, 2015
15:19 EDTBDSIBioDelivery Sciences management to meet with William Blair
Meeting to be held in London on November 17 hosted by William Blair.
10:47 EDTGILDBristol-Myers strength attributed to sale chatter
The move higher in shares of Bristol-Myers (BMY) is being attributed by traders to chatter of a sale. The stock is up 2%, or $1.06, to $66.08 in morning trading. The unconfirmed talk has the company possibly approaching Gilead (GILD) about buyout interest. Bristol's market capitalization is just above $110B while Gilead's is just above $150B. Shares of Gilead are up 74c to $104.55.
10:20 EDTHZNPOptions with increasing implied volatility
Options with increasing implied volatility: SGMS HZNP CSC ULTA RH BURL GME AEO BBRY TIF
08:22 EDTCELGSignificant Celgene overhang removed, says JMP Securities
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07:47 EDTACADLeerink sees M&A accelerating for central nervous system assets
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07:40 EDTVRXValeant price target cut to $98 from $200 at Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley analyst David Risinger cut Valeant estimates and lowered his price target to $98 from $200 to account for the negative impact of Philidor and uncertainty in U.S. growth. Risinger believes Valeant is a "real" company selling "real" drugs despite Philidor and other controversies, but cannot ignore the investigation risks or quantify the costs at this time. The analyst continues to rate shares Equal Weight, despite low valuation, until visibility increases.
06:43 EDTVRXPhilidor effects may be longer-lasting for Valeant, says Deutsche Bank
After surveying 25 dermatologists that prescribe Valeant's products and are familiar with the specialty pharmacy Philidor, Deutsche Bank analyst Gregg Gilbert believes the Philidor controversy could have longer-lasting effects relative to the short-term disruption that Valeant management has suggested. The analyst awaits Valeant's guidance changes for Q4 and 2016 that are coming in December. The stock could have "significant upside" over the next year if Valeant delivers on its targets, Gilbert tells investors in a research note. Nonetheless, he keeps a Hold rating on the stock with a $136 price target. Shares of Valeant closed yesterday down $2.12 to $73.29.
November 16, 2015
19:12 EDTVRXCongressman seeks interview with Valeant execs linked to Philidor, Reuters says
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16:53 EDTVRXPaulson reduced stake in Valeant
Paulson & Co. gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), CIT Group (CIT), Precision Castparts (PCP), Cameron (CAM), and Altera (ALTR). INCREASED STAKES: Teva (TEVA), Post Holdings (POST), Starwood Hotels (HOT), LivaNova (LIVN), and Synergy Pharmaceuticals (SGYP). DECREASED STAKES: Valeant (VRX), Shire (SHPG), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Computer Sciences (CSC), and Oasis Petroleum (OAS). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMHC), Broadcom (BRCM), and Sprint (S).
13:24 EDTVRXCooperman's Omega no longer owns Valeant, CNBC reports
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors no longer owns Valeant and hasn't for some time, CNBC's Scott Wapner reports, citing a source. Omega earlier today disclosed that it owned over 484,000 shares of Valeant as of September 30.
13:11 EDTCELGCelgene jumps 2% after defeating Kyle Bass patent challenge
Shares of Celgene moved higher after the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office declined to review a Revlimid patent expiring in 2019. The USPTO found that that Bass's Coalition for Affordable Drugs was unlikely to succeed, according to Bloomberg. Shares of Celgene are up 2%, or $1.64, to $190.13 in afternoon trading. The agency is reviewing two other patents on the drug.
13:08 EDTCELGCelgene defeats Bass challenege on Revlimid patent, Bloomberg reports
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10:43 EDTHZNPOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:59 EDTVRXOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:06 EDTVRXDiplomat seen as compelling amid specialty pharmacy fallout
Shares of specialty pharmacy operator Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts (ESRX) have each been knocked down by the negative news surrounding the sector amid the troubles faced by Valeant (VRX) and others, but an analyst at Leerink contends in a note to investors that the pullbacks in both stocks provide buying opportunities. BACKGROUND: Drugmaker Valeant and its prior specialty pharmacy partner, Philidor Rx Services, have been at the center of the firestorm engulfing the sector. Following claims that Philidor urged its employees to modify prescriptions to ensure more orders of Valeant-branded drugs rather than generics, as well as other allegations of wrongdoing, Express Scripts (ESRX) and peer CVS Health (CVS) terminated Philidor from their networks. The day after those termination announcements, Valeant said that it was severing all ties with Philidor and that the pharmacy planned to shut down operations as soon as possible, consistent with applicable laws. Valeant has subsequently said that Philidor has committed to cease operations by January 30, 2016, at the latest. More recently, Express Scripts, the nation's largest pharmacy benefit manager, announced that it stopped doing business with Linden Care, accusing it of being a "captive" pharmacy that dispenses mostly products made by Horizon Pharma (HZNP). In turn, Horizon called the idea that Linden Care is a captive pharmacy "entirely false," stating that "at best Express Scripts is being reckless in its allegations and at worse it is intentionally attempting to mislead investors." Express Scripts' move also impacted shares of Insys Therapeutics (INSY), which reportedly also used Linden Care to fulfill prescription for its drugs. DIPLOMAT LIKELY TO STAY IN-NETWORK: Leerink analyst David Larsen acknowledged that recent events indicate that Express Scripts appears to be evaluating certain retail pharmacies and their relationships with manufacturers, but he believes Diplomat's mix of drugs for diseases like multiple sclerosis, HIV, hepatitis C and cancer differentiate it as a "true" specialty pharmacy. Larsen does not think Diplomat is at risk of being excluded from the pharmacy networks of Express Scripts, CVS or UnitedHealth's (UNH) Optum, he tells investors. Larsen expects limited distribution agreements to stay an important channel strategy for drugmakers and believes these agreements are appropriate for high cost specialty drugs that require special handling and additional services to manage patient adherence. The analyst, who thinks Diplomat remains well positioned to deliver annual growth of over 30% in the next several years, keeps an Outperform rating on its shares. EXPRESS BUYING OPPORTUNITY: Larsen also thinks concerns around manufacturer and pharmacy relationships have put unwarranted pressure on shares of Express Scripts. He does not expect Express Scripts to disclose new lawsuits around rebate dollars owed over other manufacturer disputes and keeps an Outperform rating on the stock, which he views as having an "attractive" valuation. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Larsen also thinks that the specialty channel remains an opportunity for Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA) and believes its proposed acquisition of Rite Aid (RAD) can strengthen its specialty offering. The analyst keeps an Outperform rating on Walgreens shares as well. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Diplomat Pharmacy shares have declined 28%, Express Scripts has fallen 6% and Walgreens has dropped 14%.
09:04 EDTGILDGilead says Phase 3 Zydelig study shows 'clinical benefit'
Gilead announced that its Phase 3 Study 115 evaluating Zydelig added to standard therapy in previously-treated chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients will be unblinded early. The DMC recommendation is based upon a predefined interim analysis indicating a statistically significant benefit in efficacy for progression-free survival and overall survival in patients receiving Zydelig plus bendamustine and rituximab, compared to those receiving only bendamustine and rituximab. The safety profile of Zydelig was consistent with prior studies. Detailed results from this study will be presented during a late-breaking abstracts session at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Orlando, Florida taking place December 5-8. "The clinical benefit observed in this Phase 3 study adds to the body of evidence demonstrating the potential of Zydelig-containing treatment regimens for patients with previously treated CLL," said Norbert W. Bischofberger, PhD, Gilead's Executive Vice President, Research and Development and Chief Scientific Officer. "We look forward to sharing the detailed scientific data with the hematology community at the upcoming ASH meeting."
07:16 EDTVRTXHayman Capital gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Impax (IPXL), CF Industries (CF), GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH), ProNAi Therapeutics (DNAI). INCREASED STAKES: BioMarin (BMRN), NMI Holdings (NMIH), Vertex (VRTX), Endo (ENDP). DECREASED STAKES: Mylan (MYL). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Perrigo (PRGO), Oasis Petroleum (OAS), Whiting Petroleum (WLL), Newfield Exploration (NFX), SM Energy (SM).
05:46 EDTNKTRNektar entitled to $10M payment after Adynovate approval, says Piper Jaffray
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November 15, 2015
20:17 EDTGILDGilead presents results from four Phase 3 studies of sofosbuvir/velpatasvir
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15:47 EDTGILDGilead reports data from multiple studies of Viread, TAF, others
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