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November 12, 2012
12:55 EDTACHN, ABT, GILDAchillion drops after competitors report promising HCV data
Achillion (ACHN), which is developing a hepatitis C virus, or HCV, treatment, is retreating after two other companies reported that their HCV treatments had performed well in tests. Gilead (GILD) reported that it did not detect HCV in the RNA of 25 HCV patients four weeks after they were treated with the company's investigational drug. Meanwhile, Abbott (ABT) said that its HCV treatment, SVR12, had produced "high sustained viral response rates" in patients. In a note to investors earlier today, Deutsche Bank analyst Alethia Young wrote that she expects Gilead to obtain 65% of the HCV market, but she predicts that Achillion will garner a 15% share. Moreover, the analyst believes that Achillion's treatment is simpler and better than that of Abbott. She thinks that the decline in Achillion's stock today is overdone, and recommends buying the shares on weakness. Similarly, Wells Fargo analyst Brian Abraham believes that Achillion's data suggests that its treatment could be as good as or better than that of Abbott’s. Achillion is well-positioned to participate in the HCV market, and today's weakness has created an attractive entry point in the stock, he wrote. In early afternoon trading, Achillion slumped $1.06, or 11.76%, to $7.91.
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August 15, 2014
12:39 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:03 EDTACHNAchillion ACH-3102 data results 'impressive,' says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray calls this morning's data for Achillion's ACH-3102 "impressive," saying the numbers validate the potential for combining ACH-3102 with a nuc. Piper still believes a potential acquirer could show interest in Achillion this fall given the relative near-term data releases. It has an Overweight rating on the stock with a $10 price target.
10:01 EDTGILD, ACHNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:10 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:11 EDTACHNAchillion achieves 100% SVR4 in Phase 2 trial of ACH-3102 and sofosbuvir
Achillion Pharmaceuticals announced interim results from an ongoing Phase 2 proxy study evaluating ACH-3102, Achillion's second-generation NS5A inhibitor, in combination with sofosbuvir, without ribavirin, for eight weeks of treatment in patients with treatment-naïve genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection. Of the 12 patients treated, 100 percent remained HCV RNA undetectable four weeks after completing therapy. Based upon these results, 12 additional patients will begin treatment with six weeks of once daily ACH-3102 and sofosbuvir. "ACH-3102 continues to demonstrate good safety and tolerability through three Phase 2 studies. We believe these studies also confirm a differentiated efficacy profile for an NS5A inhibitor. Achieving 100% SVR4 with eight weeks of treatment with sofosbuvir serving as a nucleotide proxy indicate that dosing 50 mg once daily of ACH-3102 plus a nucleotide inhibitor has the potential to achieve commercially competitive results for curing HCV in a short duration, ribavirin-free doublet," commented David Apelian, EVP and Chief Medical Officer at Achillion. Milind Deshpande, President and CEO of Achillion commented, "As we continue to achieve clinical milestones, we remain focused on execution of the broader clinical development strategy for our HCV portfolio. We expect that Phase 1 proof-of-concept results with ACH-3422 will be reported during the fall of this year, which we anticipate will lead to the start of a Phase 2 combination program to evaluate our proprietary doublet regimen for an eight week, or potentially shorter, treatment regimen for HCV that will begin before the end of 2014."
06:18 EDTGILDGilead initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:17 EDTACHNAchillion initiated with an Outperform at FBR Capital
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06:12 EDTGILDGilead announced favorable ruling in arbitration against Roche
Gilead (GILD) announced that an arbitration panel determined that Roche (RHHBY) failed to establish any of their claims and ruled in favor of Gilead. As a result, Roche is not entitled to any damages or other relief. In March 2013, Roche initiated an arbitration against Gilead and Pharmasset, predecessor to Gilead Pharmasset, regarding a 2004 collaboration agreement between Roche and Pharmasset. In the arbitration demand, Roche asserted that it had an exclusive license to sofosbuvir pursuant to the collaboration agreement because sofosbuvir, a prodrug of a uridine monophosphate analog, is allegedly a prodrug of PSI-6130, a cytidine analog. Roche further claimed that, because it had exclusive rights to sofosbuvir, it also had an exclusive license to a patent covering sofosbuvir, and that we infringed that patent by selling and offering for sale products containing sofosbuvir.
August 14, 2014
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; August 14, 2014
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August 13, 2014
09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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August 12, 2014
09:32 EDTABTAbbott says Medicare NCD expands access to MitraClip
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August 11, 2014
10:19 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Achillion (ACHN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Alon USA Partners (ALDW) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Buenaventura (BVN) upgraded to Buy from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... CNO Financial (CNO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Central European Media (CETV) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Cepheid (CPHD) upgraded to Neutral from Cautious at ISI Group... Chuy's (CHUY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Compressco (GSJK) upgraded to Strong Buy from Market Perform at Raymond James... Concho Resources (CXO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Frank's International (FI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Freeport McMoRan (FCX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... GNC Holdings (GNC) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Genworth (GNW) upgraded to Equal Weight from Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Gulfport Energy (GPOR) upgraded at Stifel... Huntington Ingalls (HII) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Hyatt Hotels (H) upgraded at Stifel... J.C. Penney (JCP) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Craig-Hallum... Kinder Morgan (KMI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Krispy Kreme (KKD) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Oasis Petroleum (OAS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... PepsiCo (PEP) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Regency Centers (REG) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... SandRidge Energy (SD) upgraded to Reduce from Sell at KLR Group... Southwest Gas (SWX) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Tesla (TSLA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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09:06 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: PharmAthene (PIP), up 55% after announcing that a Delaware court awarded the company lump sum expectation damages for the value of its lost profits for SIGA Technologies' (SIGA) smallpox antiviral, Tecovirimat... MannKind (MNKD), up 19% after entering exclusive licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza inhaled insulin with Sanofi (SNY)... Kinder Morgan (KMI), up 19% after announcing it will acquire all of the outstanding equity securities of Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB)... Tesla (TSLA), up 2.7% following upgrade at Deutsche Bank... Achillion (ACHN), up 6% following upgrades at Wells Fargo and at Piper Jaffray... PepsiCo (PEP), up 0.9% following upgrade at UBS. LOWER: Dean Foods (DF), down 8.6% after reporting Q2 losses that were steeper than expected, saying balance of year "appears rocky," which makes it difficult to provide guidance beyond the immediate quarter... Priceline (PCLN), down 0.7% after reporting Q2 revenue that missed expectations, guiding Q3 EPS below consensus... SIGA Technologies, down 31% after ruling in suit with PharmAthene... 2U (TWOU), down 4.3% after downgraded at Goldman.
07:29 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $110 from $90 at Argus
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05:48 EDTACHNAchillion upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo upgraded Achillion to Outperform citing the potential for multiple near-term catalysts around the company's hepatitis C portfolio. Wells raised its price target range for shares to $11-$13 from $7-$8. Achillion was also upgraded this morning at Piper Jaffray.
05:29 EDTACHNAchillion upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
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August 8, 2014
17:10 EDTABTMarket finishes week up slightly as earnings offset by political events
Stocks finished the week fractionally higher than where they started as strong corporate earnings reports and better than expected economic data was weighed against concerns about geopolitical issues and negative M&A news. MACRO NEWS: A few ongoing geopolitical conflicts worried investors and weighed on shares. Russia unveiled sanctions against Western countries, banning the import of a wide range of food items from the U.S, the EU and a few allied countries in response to sanctions recently enacted against it from G7 nations... President Obama authorized the bombing of rebels in Iraq and Hamas and Israel failed to reach a permanent truce... An ISM services index, the U.S. trade deficit for June, and weekly jobless claims were all better than expected. Meanwhile, the increase in unit labor costs last quarter came in below the consensus outlook, perhaps easing fears that the Fed will need to raise interest rates sooner than expected. COMPANY NEWS: On the M&A front, two huge potential deals fell through as 21st Century Fox (FOX, FOXA) withdrew its offer to acquire Time Warner (TWX) and Sprint (S) reportedly decided to end its pursuit of a merger with peer T-Mobile (TMUS)... President Obama indicated that his administration would take unilateral steps in an effort to prevent companies from carrying out tax inversion acquisitions. Among the deals or possible transactions that involve inversion are Medtronic's (MDT) acquisition of Covidien (COV), Valeant's (VRX) proposed takeover of Allergan (AGN) and Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) developed markets branded generics pharmaceuticals business. Meanwhile, Walgreen's (WAG) stock tumbled after the U.S. company said it would not structure its takeover of European drugstore chain Alliance Boots as a tax inversion deal... 21st Century Fox, 3D printer maker Stratasys (SSYS), chip maker NVIDIA (NVDA), brewer Molson Coors (TAP), and luxury accessories maker Coach (COH) all rose following their earnings reports. Conversely, Target (TGT), luxury accessories maker Michael Kors (KORS) and Internet coupon provider Groupon (GRPN) fell following their results or guidance... Gannett (GCI) struck a deal to acquire the remaining 73% interest in Classified Ventures, whose primary asset is the online car shopping website Cars.com, for $1.8B from the other partners in the venture, which include McClatchy (MNI), Tribune Media (TRBAA), Graham Holdings (GHC) and A. H. Belo (AHC). Gannett also announced plans to spin-off its Publishing business, which includes USA Today, through a tax-free distribution to shareholders... McDonald's (MCD) stock was little changed after the company reported that its comparable store sales fell 2.5% in July, which was significantly worse than expected. Food quality issues weighed on the fast food company's sales in Asia and as a result of the China supplier issue, the company warned its previously issued global comparable sales forecast for 2014 is now at risk. INDEXES: The Dow finished the week up 0.35% to 16,553.93, the S&P 500 rose 0.32% to 1,931.59, and the Nasdaq gained 0.41% to 4,370.90.
07:38 EDTABTAbbott overhang removed by CMS decision on MitraClip, says RBC Capital
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07:01 EDTABTHarvard professor says Treasury can reduce inversion incentives, NY Times says
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