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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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September 15, 2014
10:52 EDTGILDGilead heading for a test of support, levels to watch
The shares are down 2% to $101.54 at time of writing, putting the shares on track for a retest of the 30-day moving average at $101.21. A breakdown below that level would indicate a pickup in negative price momentum, with next support at $96.57, the 50-day moving average. A bounce from the 30-day would meet resistance at $106.93, the 10-day moving average.
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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06:34 EDTGILDMylan signs agreement with Gilead
Mylan (MYL) announced that its subsidiary Mylan Laboratories Limited has entered into an agreement with Gilead Sciences (GILD), under which Mylan has been licensed the non-exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute sofosbuvir and the investigational single tablet regimen of ledipasvir/sofosbuvir in 91 developing countries. Sofosbuvir is marketed by Gilead under the brand name Sovaldi. The countries within the agreement account for more than 100M people living with hepatitis C globally representing 54% of the total global infected population. Under the licensing agreement, Mylan will receive a technology transfer enabling the company to manufacture low-cost versions of the medicines for developing markets.
06:31 EDTGILDGilead announces licensing agreements with seven pharmaceutical companies
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September 12, 2014
14:56 EDTGILDGilead mentioned cautiously at ISI Group
07:32 EDTABBVBiogen, AbbVie announce ZINBRYTA DECIDE Phase 3 study results
Biogen (BIIB) and AbbVie (ABBV) announced the full results from the Phase 3 DECIDE clinical trial, which show ZINBRYTA, dosed subcutaneously once a month, demonstrated a statistically significant improvement in reducing disease activity in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis compared to AVONEX. These results are being presented at the Sixth Triennial Joint Meeting of the Americas Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis and the European Committee for Treatment and Research in Multiple Sclerosis. Patients on ZINBRYTA demonstrated a statistically significant 45% reduction in annualized relapse rate compared to patients treated with AVONEX. Based on the efficacy and safety data from the ZINBRYTA clinical development program, Biogen Idec and AbbVie plan to file marketing applications for ZINBRYTA with regulatory authorities during 1H15.
06:00 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH ACHN
Stocks with implied volatility top IV index mean; DISH (DISH) 31, Achillion (ACHN) 128 according to iVolatility.
September 11, 2014
11:58 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; DDD GILD
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05:34 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Humira Phase 3 trial meets primary endpoint
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September 10, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 10, 2014
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10:24 EDTABBVEnanta announces AbbVie initiated Phase 2b trial with ABT-493
Enanta (ENTA) announced that AbbVie (ABBV) initiated a phase 2b clinical study with ABT-493, Enanta’s next-generation protease inhibitor. ABT-493 is the second clinical-stage protease inhibitor candidate developed within the Enanta-AbbVie collaboration. The phase 2b study being conducted by AbbVie will evaluate the safety and efficacy of ABT-493 co-administered with ABT-530 in HCV patients. AbbVie has informed Enanta that results from this trial are expected in 2015 and AbbVie plans to start phase 3 development of the combination next year.
05:58 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH ACHN
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September 9, 2014
09:34 EDTGILDGilead recently started cutting Sovaldi pricing by 8%, says Cleveland Research
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06:03 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility above IV index mean; DISH ACHN
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September 8, 2014
16:00 EDTMRKOptions Update; September 8, 2014
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12:40 EDTABBVFTC sues AbbVie over blocking of AndroGel generics
The Federal Trade Commission has filed a complaint in federal district court charging several pharmaceutical companies with "illegally blocking American consumers’ access to lower-cost versions of the blockbuster drug AndroGel." The FTC's complaint alleges that AbbVie (ABBV) and its partner Besins Healthcare filed baseless patent infringement lawsuits against potential generic competitors to delay the introduction of lower-priced versions of the testosterone replacement drug AndroGel. While the lawsuits were pending, AbbVie then entered into an anticompetitive pay-for-delay settlement agreement with Teva Pharmaceuticals (TEVA) to further delay generic drug competition, the FTC claims. Reference Link
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08:48 EDTGILDGilead announces AMBITION study results in collaboration with Glaxo
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07:15 EDTABBVIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
10th Annual Cell Line Development & Engineering Conference to be held in Berkeley, California on September 8-10.
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