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June 10, 2014
12:13 EDTACHN, GILD, ABBV, IDIX, MRKAchillion surges after FDA lifts hold, buyout speculation continues
Shares of hepatitis C treatment maker Achillion (ACHN) are rising dramatically for a second day after Merck (MRK) yesterday announced that it would acquire another company in the space. Meanwhile, Achillion announced today that it had received favorable news from the FDA about resuming certain clinical trials and added that it had begun a Phase I trial of one of its hepatitis C, or HCV, treatments, ACH-3422. WHAT'S NEW: Achillion is rallying for a second straight day after Merck announced that it had acquired Idenix (IDIX). Like Achillion, Idenix is a smaller company that has developed HCV treatments and, also like Idenix, one of Achillion's HCV treatments is a nucleotide. Achillion earlier today announced that the FDA had removed its clinical hold on sovaprevir. As a result of the FDA's decision, Achillion will be able to conduct clinical trials of the drug, the company stated. The FDA placed a hold on the drug last year after a number of patients developed elevated liver enzymes while taking it. Also today, Achillion announced that it had begun dosing patients with ACH-3422 in a Phase I clinical trial. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today Edward Tenthoff, an analyst at research firm PiperJaffray, wrote that today's news positions Achillion as a takeover target. Additionally, the company could develop a nucleotide HCV treatment that is competitive with Gilead's successful Sovaldi, Tenthoff wrote. However, Tenthoff believes that potential buyers of Achillion may wait for more data on its products to be unveiled later this year before looking to bid. The analyst kept a Neutral rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gilead and AbbVie (ABBV), whose stocks fell yesterday after Merck announced its acquisition, were defended today by RBC Capital and BMO Capital, respectively. RBC Capital expects sales of Gilead's Sovaldi to come in well above consensus estimates for 2015, potentially enabling the company's EPS to reach $8-$10. The market expects the sales of all HCV treatments to drop significantly in 2016, but the firm does not agree with this outlook and kept an Outperform rating on Gilead. Meanwhile, BMO Capital defended AbbVie. BMO still believes that the size and durability of the HCV market and AbbVie's franchise are underappreciated. The firm sees Merck as a significant competitor in HCV, but added that the potential of the assets it acquired from Idenix is "uncertain and somewhat risky." BMO kept an Outperform rating on AbbVie and continued to identify it as a top pick. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Achillion surged 54% to $6.54. The stock had advanced more than 47% yesterday. Also near noon, Gilead rose 0.7% to $79.54, while Abbvie fell 0.9% to $53.38.
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July 15, 2014
07:35 EDTMRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
July 14, 2014
16:30 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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16:18 EDTABBVShire shareholders should support latest AbbVie offer, Telegraph says
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10:00 EDTIDIXOptions with decreasing implied volatility: SHPG INFY CWH FDO IDIX FAST
09:34 EDTABBVAbbVie falls after revised Shire acquisition proposal, levels to watch
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09:28 EDTGILDCentene best positioned Medicaid pure play to post Q2 EPS beat, says Sterne Agee
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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).
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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15:59 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
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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09:48 EDTGILDSenators make new request to Gilead for Sovaldi pricing details
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and senior Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley made public their request for detailed pricing information on Gilead's Sovaldi, a Hepatitis C virus drug. Wyden and Grassley have asked Gilead Sciences for information about Sovaldi, a drug developed to treat and cure HCV, they disclosed, stating, “Given the impact Sovaldi’s cost will have on Medicare, Medicaid and other federal spending, we need a better understanding of how your company arrived at the price for this drug." Reference Link
07:37 EDTGILDAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
Discussion entitled, "How Will We Pay for Cost of Cures" focuses on improving the development of transformative medicines and developing financing mechanisms to pay for them and is being held in Washington, D.C. on July 11 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:36 EDTGILDJohnson & 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
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