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March 3, 2014
07:19 EDTACHN, AMAG, EBS, MNTA, IRWD, BAX, INO, SNY, TEVA, PTLA, GILD, AZN, ICPT, NBSCowen to host a conference
34th Annual Global Healthcare Conference is being held in Boston on March 3-5 with webcasted company presentations to begin on March 3 at 1:30 pm; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
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August 11, 2014
17:11 EDTICPTIntercept says 46% of OCA group met FLINT endpoint vs. 21% for placebo group
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16:50 EDTINOOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory but were never able to gain any upside momentum. There was little to account for the initial move other than no change to the status quo for Israel and Russia. The averages moved in a narrow range but managed to stay on the plus side into the close, though in lackluster fashion. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced $3.25, or 9.0%, to $39.37 after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). The total transaction has a value of about $70B and the combined entity will be the largest energy infrastructure company in North America and the third largest energy company overall with an estimated enterprise value of approximately $140B, the company said. Afterward, Kinder Morgan was upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA Merrill Lynch, though Wells Fargo viewed the plans as mixed near-term. Wells believes the deal helps address some of the structural issues that have been pressuring Kinderís valuation in recent quarters, but it believes itís unclear how the market will ultimately value the new structure and the firm kept its Market Perform rating on all four stocks involved. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana distributor Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped $3.04, or 30.22%, to $13.10 to close above the $13 per share takeover offer announced by Cutrale Group and the Safra Group. Note that Chiquita previously agreed to combine with Fyffes plc in a stock-for-stock transaction. Also higher was Mattress Firm (MFRM), which advanced $6.52, or 13.58%, to $54.53 after reporting preliminary second quarter results that beat expectations and raising it fiscal year outlook. Among the noteworthy losers following their earnings reports were Walter Investment (WAC), which fell $3.52, or 12.45%, to $24.75, and Inovio (INO), which dropped 99c, or 9.94%, to $8.97. INDEXES: The Dow edged up 16.05, or 0.1%, to 16,569.98, the Nasdaq gained 30.43, or 0.7%, to 4,401.33, and the S&P 500 rose 5.33, or 0.28%, to 1,936.92.
16:24 EDTICPTIntercept reports Q2 EPS $1.51, may not compare to consensus (12c)
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15:51 EDTSNYMannKind price target raised to $10 from $6.50 at Piper Jaffray
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15:32 EDTICPTNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Ventas (VTR), consensus $1.09; Nuance Communications (NUAN), consensus 27c; Intercept Pharmaceuticals (ICPT), consensus (12c); Rackspace Hosting (RAX), consensus 16c; Opko Health (OPK), consensus (9c); Mindray Medical (MR), consensus 54c; Chimera Investment (CIM), consensus 9c; Globalstar (GSAT), one estimate (4c); 51job (JOBS), consensus 32c; Dealertrack Technologies (TRAK), consensus 373c; Caesars Entertainment (CZR), consensus ($1.19); Towerstream (TWER), consensus (10c); Resolute Energy (REN), consensus 1c; Forest Oil (FST), consensus (2c).
14:28 EDTINOInovio not seeking partner for VGX-3100 right now, says Maxim
Maxim noted that Inovio management indicated it plans to initiate a pivotal phase III study for VGX-3100 in early 2016 and estimated that a pivotal program should cost about $100M. The firm also noted that Inovio is not seeking a partner on the drug right now and that the pivotal trial could move up depending on the company's meeting with the FDA. Maxim maintains a Buy rating and $18 price target on Inovio.
12:25 EDTINOOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street opened in positive territory and have remained there throughout the morning. There was little in the way of a catalyst, as the economic calendar was empty, though investors may have been encouraged that there was no breakdown in the ceasefire agreement between Israel and Gaza and no big headlines from the Russia/Ukraine border. Additionally, some may have viewed comments from Fed Vice Chair Fischer as dovish and in support of continued easing. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., no significant economic data was released. In prepared comments for a conference, Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer said rebounds across advanced economies have been disappointing, leading the Fed and other observers to lower their long-term expectations for growth potential in the U.S. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Kinder Morgan (KMI) advanced 10% after announcing it will consolidate its oil-and-gas holdings into one company by acquiring all of the outstanding shares of a number of its subsidiaries, including Kinder Morgan Energy Partners (KMP), Kinder Morgan Management (KMR) and El Paso Pipeline Partners (EPB). In addition to the rise in the shares of the parent, Kinder Morgan Energy shares rose 19%, Kinder Morgan Management gained 25% and El Paso Pipeline moved up 22%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was salad and banana producer Chiquita Brands (CQB), which jumped 31% to trade above $13 per share after Cutrale Group and the Safra Group proposed to acquire 100% of the company's outstanding stock for $13 in cash each. Also higher was electric car maker Tesla (TSLA), which rose 5% after Deutsche Bank upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold and raised its price target on the shares to $310 from $220. Among the noteworthy losers was social game maker King Digital (KING), which slid 3% after the stock was downgraded at Pacific Crest to Sector Perform from Outperform. Also lower following their earnings reports were Inovio (INO), which fell over 8%, and Gogo (GOGO), which dropped nearly 6%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 51.25, or 0.31%, to 16,605.18, the Nasdaq was up 38.19, or 0.87%, to 4,409.08, and the S&P 500 was up 10.12, or 0.52%, to 1,941.71.
11:58 EDTSNYMannKind rallies after inking licensing agreement with Sanofi
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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 EDTSNY, ACHNOn 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.
08:38 EDTINOInovio reports Q2 EPS (18c), consensus (19c)
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07:45 EDTSNYMannKind partnership likely to be viewed favorably, says Piper Jaffray
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07:29 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $110 from $90 at Argus
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07:07 EDTSNYIgnyta names Adrian Senderowicz as Chief Medical Officer
Ignyta (RXDX) announced that Adrian Senderowicz, M.D., has been appointed as Chief Medical Officer and SVP, Clinical Development and Regulatory Affairs. Senderowicz was most recently Vice President, Global Regulatory Oncology at Sanofi (SNY).
06:31 EDTSNYMannKind to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the collaboration with Sanofi about global licensing agreement for development and commercialization of Afrezza will be held on August 11 at 8:30 am. Webcast Link
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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05:13 EDTSNYSanofi, MannKind announce global licensing agreement for Afrezza
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August 8, 2014
06:34 EDTICPTIntercept volatility elevated into data
Intercept overall option implied volatility of 106 is above its 26-week average of 97 according to Track Data, suggesting large price movement into the expected release of Phase 2b FLINT 72 week data.
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