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October 21, 2014
15:35 EDTABTNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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09:52 EDTCOVCovidien rises after Medtronic maintains merger date language
Shares of Covidien (COV) are rising in early trading after Medtronic (MDT), in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of the Irish drugmaker, left its language regarding the expected closing date unchanged. WHAT'S NEW: In its most recent filing, Medtronic again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived." ANALYST REACTION: Research firm BTIG says Medtronic's amended regulatory filing on the Covidien transaction increases the firm's confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. WHAT'S NOTABLE: AbbVie (ABBV) last night confirmed that the company and Shire (SHPG), another Irish domiciled drugmaker, agreed to terminate their proposed merger. AbbVie said its decision was based upon its assessment of the September 22 notice issued by the U.S. Department of Treasury, which re-interpreted longstanding tax principles in a "uniquely selective manner designed specifically to destroy the financial benefits of these types of transactions." AbbVie continued that the Treasury notice "introduced an unacceptable level of risk and uncertainty given the magnitude of the proposed changes" and the stated intention of the department to continue to revise tax principles to further impact such "tax inversion" transactions. AbbVie noted that it has agreed to pay Shire a break fee of approximately $1.64B due to the deal falling through. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, shares of Covidien trading in New York rose 4% to $88.86, Medtronic advanced 1% to $64.57, Shires gained 0.7% to $185.82 and AbbVie added 1.4% to $55.16.
09:43 EDTCOVAmended filing increases confidence in Covidien deal at BTIG
BTIG says Medtronic's (MDT) amended regulatory filing on the Covidien (COV) transaction increases its confidence of the deal closing by early 2015. The firm adds it would be "stunned" to see Medtronic walk away from the merger after the company again showed commitment to the acquisition. Shares of Covidien are up 3% to $88.11 in early trading.
09:11 EDTCOVMedtronic keeps language unchanged on merger closing date
Medtronic in its latest regulatory filing answering questions for shareholders regarding its proposed takeover of Covidien (COV) left the language unchanged around the expected closing date. The company again stated, "As of the date of this joint proxy statement/prospectus, the transaction is expected to be completed late in the fourth calendar quarter of 2014 or early 2015. However, no assurance can be provided as to when or if the transaction will be completed. The required vote of Medtronic and Covidien shareholders to adopt the required shareholder proposals at their respective special meetings, as well as the necessary regulatory consents and approvals, must first be obtained and other conditions specified in the conditions appendix must be satisfied or, to the extent applicable, waived."
07:44 EDTABTAbbott volatility elevated into Q3 and outlook
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06:44 EDTACTActavis among bidders for Omega Pharma, Bloomberg reports
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06:37 EDTENDPEndo pullback brings buying opportunity, says Piper Jaffray
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October 20, 2014
18:51 EDTACTOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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13:40 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:12 EDTCOVCongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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06:28 EDTACT, TEVAAllergan price target raised to $210 from $190 at Citigroup
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October 17, 2014
12:35 EDTCOVCovidien puts active on wide price movement
Covidien October 82, December 70 and January 75 puts are active on total put volume of 8K contracts (1K calls). November put option implied volatility is at 60, January is at 40, April is at 42; compared to its 26-week average of 25 according to Track Data. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for large price movement.
10:51 EDTCOVOptions with increasing implied volatility
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09:47 EDTACTValeant will not raise Allergan bid ahead of record date, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) will not raise its hostile takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) ahead of the record date for the vote, CNBC's David Faber reports. Allergan (AGN) is not currently in takeover talks with Actavis (ACT), Faber added.
09:45 EDTACTAllergan not in deal talks with Actavis, CNBC reports
08:02 EDTCOVCovidien granted preliminary injunction against Ethicon's Harmonic ACE+7
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October 16, 2014
17:27 EDTACTNoven files patent infringement suit against Actavis
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15:10 EDTACTAmerican College of Gastroenterology to hold annual meeting
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 to be held in Philadlephia, PA on October 17-22.
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08:08 EDTACTActavis confirms generic Quillivant XR patent challenge
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08:02 EDTACTIronwood announces initiation of Phase II linaclotide trial
Ironwood Pharmaceuticals (IRWD) announced the initiation of a Phase II clinical trial evaluating linaclotide for the treatment of adults suffering from opioid-induced constipation. Data are expected in the second half of 2015. The clinical trial is being conducted jointly by Ironwood and Actavis plc (ACT), Ironwood’s co-development and co-promotion partner for linaclotide in the United States. Linaclotide is a guanylate cyclase-C agonist approved by the FDA for the treatment of adults with irritable bowel syndrome with constipation or chronic idiopathic constipation. Linaclotide is not currently approved for the treatment of OIC. The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-site Phase II clinical trial is expected to enroll approximately 240 adult patients with chronic, non-cancer pain who have been receiving a stable dose of an opioid analgesic and suffer from constipation, defined as fewer than three spontaneous bowel movements per week. Patients will be randomized to receive 145 mcg of linaclotide, 290 mcg of linaclotide, or placebo for eight weeks. The primary endpoint of the trial is an increase in SBM frequency. Additionally, a number of secondary endpoints and exploratory analyses intended to inform future development plans are included in the study design.
06:17 EDTCOVJefferies says Medtronic 'needs to do' Covidien takeover
Jefferies says it "can't see how Medtronic walks" from the Covidien (COV) takeover given how compelling the merger is. The firm confirmed with Medtronic (MDT) that nothing has changed in the company's commitment to the deal since new financing terms were announced on October 3. In Jefferies view, "Medtronic needs to do this deal." It notes the spread on the acquisition widened significantly on the news that Abbvie (ABBV) is reconsidering its acquisition of Shire (SHPG).
October 15, 2014
16:37 EDTCOVOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
The market opened sharply lower amid sliding oil prices, worse than expected economic data, and the potential for a major M&A deal to fall apart due to tax inversion rule changes. The Dow fell more than 350 points within the first 30 minutes of trading, but then bounced back to move above its opening level. The volatility did not end there, however, as the market swung several more times during the session. The S&P 500's drop wiped out its gains for the year at one point, but a late day rally significantly cut the losses for the major averages. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales, which were expected to be down 0.1% in September, actually fell 0.3% in the month and slipped 0.2% excluding autos. The Producer Price Index for final demand decreased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in September from the prior month, marking the first decline in the measure in over a year. The core PPI reading, which excludes food and energy, was unchanged, versus expectations for a 0.1% rise. New York's Empire State manufacturing index fell 21.4 points to 6.2 in October, severely missing the expectation for a narrower pullback to a reading of 20. Business inventories rose 0.2% in August, versus expectations for an increase of 0.4%. In China, the consumer price index climbed 1.6% in September from a year earlier, which was below the consensus projection for 1.7% inflation and down from 2% inflation in August. China's PPI plunged 1.8% year-over-year in September, which was more than the 1.6% slide expected and an acceleration of the 1.2% year-on-year decline in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Shire (SHPG) plunged $74.08, or 30.29%, to $170.49 after AbbVie's (ABBV) board last night stated that it was reconsidering its recommendation that the company's shareholders back a takeover of Irish drugmaker in light of the potential impact of tax rule changes on the deal. During the day, Bloomberg reported that people familiar with the matter say AbbVie is close to abandoning its $51B takeover bid, while Shire announced that it has agreed to waive the requirement for three business days' notice for AbbVie's board to meet to consider its offer. In contrast, AbbVie ended the session up 50c, or 0.92%, at $54.63... Wal-Mart (WMT) held its annual meeting, during which it lowered its fiscal year 2015 net sales growth forecast to 2%-3%, citing a tougher sales environment than it anticipated a year ago. The company indicated in February that it expected net sales growth to be at the low end of its guidance provided last October of 3%-5%. The world's largest retailer also cut its planned retail square foot growth expectations, due to a moderation of large format store growth and accelerated e-commerce investments. Following the outlook revisions, Wal-Mart closed down $2.78, or 3.57%, to $75.20. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Penford Corporation (PENX), which jumped $7.60, or 69.15%, to $18.59 after the company agreed to be acquired by Ingredion (INGR) for $340M, or $19.00 in cash per share. Also higher was Southwestern Energy (SWN), which rose $2.59, or 7.82%, to $35.69 after it was among a number of oil and gas exploration and production names upgraded by analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Among the noteworthy losers was Nu Skin (NUS), which dropped $4.47, or 9.13%, to $44.50 after the company disclosed new debt arrangements that come with certain restrictions, including restrictions on the payment of dividends. Also lower were shares of Covidien (COV), which fell $6.50, or 7.04%, to $85.86 in the wake of the news for Shire and AbbVie, which investors may have read as jeopardizing Covidien's deal to be bought by Medtronic (MDT). Note that on October 3 Medtronic announced that it intends to use approximately $16B in external financing to complete the acquisition of Covidien and said the strategic benefits of the transaction "remain compelling" despite the additional expense of the new financing. INDEXES: The Dow dropped 173.45, or 1.06%, to 16,141.74, the Nasdaq slipped 11.85, or 0.28%, to 4,215.32, and the S&P 500 fell 15.21, or 0.81%, to 1,862.49.
15:03 EDTCOVMedtronic management affirms commitment to Covidien deal, says Deutsche Bank
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10:48 EDTCOV, ABTShire tanks with AbbVie calling board meeting over merger
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07:32 EDTCOVUBM Canon to hold a conference
PLASTEC Midwest Conference is being held in Chicago on October 15-16.
October 14, 2014
11:23 EDTENDP, TEVABIND Therapeutics and The Conference Forum hold a conference
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11:19 EDTTEVATeva upgraded to Buy from Hold at Standpoint Research
07:46 EDTACTActavis should be able to mitigate Irish tax downside, says Leerink
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06:03 EDTACTMarket overreacted to new Irish tax rules, says BMO Capital
BMO Capital believes the market may have overreacted yesterday to the report that Ireland is eliminating the "Double Irish" tax loophole. The firm says Allergan (AGN) confirmed that it incorporated potential changes to Irish tax law in its recently raised earnings guidance while Mallinckrodt (MNK) said it does expect the new tax structure to have an immediate impact. BMO views yesterday's pullback in shares of Allergan, Mallinckrodt and Actavis (ACT) as an overreaction.
October 13, 2014
15:12 EDTACTActavis may see modest negative impact from Irish tax change, says BMO Capital
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10:08 EDTENDPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTCOVAmerican Society of Anesthesiologists to hold annual meeting
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07:25 EDTCOVEuropean Association of Cardiothoracic Surgery to hold annual meeting
28th EACTS Annual Meeting is being held in Milan, Italy on October 11-15.
06:41 EDTENDPEndo upgraded to Hold from Sell at Cantor
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October 10, 2014
10:20 EDTACTFidelity supports potential merger between Actavis and Allergan, Reuters reports
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10:01 EDTENDPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:37 EDTACTActavis more likely partner than Valeant if Allergan merges, says UBS
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07:16 EDTCOVAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
07:04 EDTCOVMedtronic announces Omar Ishrak will remain CEO of new company
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05:50 EDTENDPEndo upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray upgraded Endo (ENDP) to Overweight with an $84 price target citing an improved asset base following the takeover of Auxilium (AUXL).
05:47 EDTENDPAuxilium downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
Mizuho downgraded Auxilium (AUXL) to Neutral following the company's agreement to be acquired by Endo (ENDP). The firm expects shareholders to approve the deal and does not expect a competing bid.
October 9, 2014
16:37 EDTCOVCovidien receives FDA 510k clearance for Nellcor Portable SpO2 system
Covidien announced FDA 510k clearance for the Nellcor Portable SpO2 Patient Monitoring System. The system is the only commercially available portable oximeter that is equipped with home care and sleep study modes and complies with IEC 60601-1-11 standards for devices used in the home health care environment.
16:11 EDTTEVAAlexza reports 32,278 Adasuve units shipped to Teva in Q3
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12:28 EDTACTAllergan price target raised to $230 from $210 at BTIG
BTIG said it expected Allergan to beat the consensus forecast for Q3 EPS, but not by as much as it did, and the firm did not expect the company to raise its future EPS outlook yet again. BTIG feels the stock's move higher indicates Valeant (VRX) or Actavis (ACT) would need to bid above $200 if they hope to buy the company. BTIG maintains its Buy rating on Allergan and raised its price target on the stock to $230 from $210.
11:14 EDTACTAllergan raises outlook again as Valeant pursuit continues
Drug maker Allergan (AGN) this morning preannounced stronger than expected results and again raised its fiscal year profit guidance. The beat and raise results come after The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that drug maker Valeant (VRX) and hedge fund Pershing Square intend to raise their previous bid for Allergan by $15 per share to about $191. Meanwhile, also on Tuesday, Reuters said that drug maker Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger offer to Allergan, and sources indicated to the news service that Allergan may be willing to consider an offer from Actavis if the bid is for more than $200 per share. WHAT'S NEW: Allergan estimated that its third quarter earnings per share would come in at $1.76-$1.78, versus analysts' consensus estimate of $1.48. The drug maker had previously provided Q3 EPS guidance of $1.44-$1.47. Allergan raised its fiscal 2014 EPS guidance to $6.20-$6.25 from $5.74-$5.80. Analysts' consensus estimate was $5.81. This is the fourth time that Allergan has raised its guidance this year. Allergan said that its markets have been strong around the world, while it is gaining market share in most categories. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that, in the wake of Allergan's guidance increase, the company's price to earnings multiple could expand to 22x its estimated 2016 earnings, up from its current multiple of 19x. In addition to the raised guidance, a potential accretive acquisition by Allergan and the possibility that it will be acquired make such an increase in the multiple "quite possible," Biegelsen contended. He kept an Outperform rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Allergan has reportedly held advanced talks about acquiring another company in the sector, Salix (SLXP), although CNBC's David Faber on October 2 reported that the talks between the two companies about a merger had "cooled considerably." PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Allergan rose fractionally to $191.06 while Valeant slid 1.5% to $124.08.
09:20 EDTENDPOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:00 EDTENDPEndo says its not in position to give FY15
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08:50 EDTACTAllergan shares have further upside, says Wells Fargo
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08:49 EDTENDPEndo sees low-double digit revenue growth with Auxilium portfolio
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08:37 EDTENDPEndo expects Auxilium acquisition immediately accretive post close
Endo (ENDP) says the deal will provided expected annual run rate synergies of up to $175M by the first year after closing versus Auxilium's (AUXL trailing 12-month actuals as of June 30. Says synergies include Auxilium's $75M reduction in annual operating expenses previously announced. Says the deal is expected to "significantly'" enhance Endo's branded pharmaceutical business with the addition of Auxilium's men's health products and development portfolio. Says the agreement is designed to "accelerate growth" and maximize value of Auxilium's products by leveraging strengths of combined company. Says combined company will be "well positioned" to drive organic growth for branded pharmaceutical business. Says deal creates a "strong" margin profile and an enhanced near-and long-term revenue growth profile. Comments taken from the company's slide presentation regarding its combination with Auxilium.
07:49 EDTENDPEndo and Auxilium host a joint conference call
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06:32 EDTENDPEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
Endo (ENDP) and Auxilium Pharmaceuticals (AUXL) announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Endo will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Auxilium for a per share consideration of $33.25 in a cash and stock transaction. The boards of both companies have unanimously approved the transaction, which is valued at $2.6B, including the repayment and assumption of debt. The transaction will include an election mechanism for Auxilium stockholders to elect cash and stock, all-stock or all-cash consideration, subject to proration in accordance with the terms of the definitive agreement. The per share consideration represents a premium of 55% to Auxilium's closing price on September 16, the day Endo made public its proposal for Auxilium. Subject to aggregate cash and equity consideration limits, Auxilium stockholders may elect one of three options with respect to transaction consideration: 100% equity which equates to 0.488 Endo shares per Auxilium share, 100% cash which equates to $33.25 per Auxilium share or a standard election of an equal mix of $16.625 in cash and 0.244 Endo shares per Auxilium share. The total cash consideration will not exceed 50% of the total equity value and the equity consideration will not exceed 75% of the total equity value. The transaction is expected to close in 1H15 and is subject to the approval of Auxilium's stockholders, regulatory approval in the U.S. and certain other jurisdictions, and other customary closing conditions.
06:31 EDTENDPEndo to acquire Auxilium in cash, stock transaction for approximately $2.6B
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October 8, 2014
10:46 EDTCOVOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:42 EDTACTSalix shares should be bought on weakness, says Sterne Agee
After Reuters yesterday afternoon reported that Actavis (ACT) plans to make a new merger approach to Allergan (AGN), Sterne Agee believes that Salix's standalone value is $162. The firm expects the shares to reach that level following approval of its Xifaxan IBS-D drug after the February 2015 PDUFA date.
08:05 EDTTEVATeva initiates NDA submission to FDA for CEP-33237
Teva Pharmaceutical announced the initiation of a rolling New Drug Application submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release tablets designed with Teva’s proprietary technology providing potential abuse-deterrent properties CEP-33237 as allowed for fast track designated products. Teva expects to complete the NDA submission by the end of 2014. Teva also announced positive results from a nasal Human Abuse Liability study which supports the NDA. The nasal HAL study found that in nondependent, recreational opioid users, abuse potential for crushed intranasal CEP-33237 was significantly lower than intranasal immediate-release hydrocodone. Teva has now completed positive HAL studies in the two most common routes of hydrocodone abuse, oral and intranasal. CEP-33237 demonstrated a safety profile in the Phase III study that is consistent with the known safety profile of hydrocodone and other opioid analgesic therapies. Adverse events reported in 5% or more of hydrocodone-treated patients during either the titration or double-blind treatment periods included nausea, constipation, vomiting, headache, somnolence and dizziness.
06:47 EDTACT, TEVALawmakers may push for new regulations on generic drug makers, NY Times says
After the prices of some generic drugs soared more than 1,000% over the last year, two influential members of Congress are probing the sector and threatening to look to impose new regulations on it, according to The New York Times. Generic drug makers include Teva (TEVA), Mylan (MYL), Actavis (ACT), and Lannett (LCI).Reference Link
06:23 EDTACTActavis more inclined to pursue Allergan over Salix, says Citigroup
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October 7, 2014
15:21 EDTACTAllergan warms to sale as Actavis plans new approach, Reuters says
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15:01 EDTACTAllergan up 1.5% following report on Actavis planned approach on merger
14:59 EDTACTActavis plans new approach to Allergan, Reuters reports
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07:48 EDTACTSalix reinstated with a Buy at Jefferies
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