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May 12, 2014
09:10 EDTAGN, JNJ, SNY, GSK, NVSAllergan CEO says 'rumor mill' inconsistent with company history of discreteness
Allergan CEO suggests "rumors" in the market regarding the company and its potential M&A plans may start outside of the company and may come from those that have an "interest" in spreading such rumors. Note that Bloomberg previously reported, citing sources, that Allergan has so far been rejected by companies including Sanofi (SNY) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) and the news service quoted one source as having said that Allergan also contacted GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Novartis (NVS).
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July 16, 2014
07:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson should be bought on pullbacks, says RBC Capital
RBC Capital believes that Johnson & Johnson reported strong Q2 results, and the company raised its estimates for the company. The firm continues to recommend buying the stock on pullbacks.
07:14 EDTGSKIsis Pharmaceuticals earns $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) has earned a $1M milestone payment from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) related to the advancement of the Phase 2/3 study of ISIS-TTRRx in patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy. ISIS-TTRRx is an antisense drug in development with GSK for the treatment of transthyretin amyloidosis, a severe and rare genetic disease characterized by progressive dysfunction of peripheral nerve and/or heart tissues. Including this milestone payment, Isis has generated $27M in upfront and milestone payments for advancing ISIS-TTRRx. If GSK elects to exercise its option to exclusively license the ISIS-TTRRx program, Isis is eligible to receive a license fee, regulatory and sales milestone payments and double-digit royalties on sales of ISIS-TTRRx.
05:38 EDTGSKGSK, Theravance initiate Phase III IMPACT study
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Theravance (THRX) announced the start of a global phase III study, known as IMPACT, to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the 'closed' triple combination of FF/UMEC/VI in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. IMPACT is the first pivotal phase III study in a programme to evaluate a once-daily closed triple combination treatment of an inhaled corticosteroid, or ICS; a long-acting muscarinic antagonist, or LAMA; and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist, or LABA, in patients with COPD. The IMPACT study will enrol approximately 10,000 patients and assess whether the combination of FF, or fluticasone furoate, an ICS, UMEC, or umeclidinium, a LAMA, and VI, or vilanterol, a LABA, all delivered in GSK's Ellipta inhaler, can reduce the annual rate of moderate and severe exacerbations compared with two approved once daily COPD treatments, Relvar/Breo Ellipta, FF/VI, which is an ICS/LABA combination, and Anoro Ellipta, UMEC/VI, which is a LAMA/LABA combination.
July 15, 2014
16:40 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:21 EDTGSK, JNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday despite better than expected quarterly reports from two of the nation's largest financial institutions. Stock futures improved during the pre-market trading session, leading to a higher open for the broader market, following better than expected earnings reports from JP Morgan (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS). The earnings news also came alongside another huge M&A deal, as tobacco giants Reynolds American (RAI) and Lorillard (LO) confirmed plans to merge. However, the major averages weakened throughout the morning and fell into negative ground against the backdrop of Fed Chair Janet Yellen giving testimony on Capital Hill. In the Board of Governors' Monetary Policy Report, the central bank said valuation metrics in "some sectors" appear substantially stretched, "particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries." ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., retail sales increased 0.2% in June compared to the month prior, making for the weakest reading since January and missing the consensus forecast for an increase of 0.6%. The Empire State manufacturing index climbed to a four-year high of 25.6 in July, beating expectations for a reading of 16.5. Import prices rose 0.1% in June, with export prices slipping 0.4%. Business inventories grew 0.5% in May, which was just below the 0.6% consensus growth expectation. In Europe, Germany's ZEW survey missed expectations, as both its Current Situation and Expectations reading were lower than forecast. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of JPMorgan advanced nearly 4% after the bank reported a profit of $1.46 a share, which included a legal expense of 13c a share, beating analysts' consensus forecast of $1.29. The earnings report comes after CEO Jamie Dimon recently disclosed that he has throat cancer. During the company's conference call, Dimon said he was "feeling great," that doctors had found no evidence of cancer anywhere except in the location where it had originally been detected, and that his prognosis for recovery is "excellent"... Also in the large-cap bank sector, Goldman Sachs' headline earnings and revenue similarly beat expectations. The firm, which said it ranks first in worldwide announced and completed mergers and acquisitions for the year-to-date, advanced about 1% following its report... Along with JPMorgan in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) reported quarterly sales and profits that beat expectations and the healthcare conglomerate raised its fiscal year EPS view to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85. However, its increased outlook range still fell short of the $5.90 per share consensus forecast that analysts had prior to its report... Reynolds American confirmed news that has been speculated for many weeks, announcing that it will acquire peer Lorillard in a cash-and-stock transaction currently valued at $68.88 per Lorillard share, or a total of $27.4B, including the assumption of net debt. Shares of both fell afterward, with Lorillard down 8% to trade near $61.75 at midday and Reynolds slipping 5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was small-cap pharma biotechnology research company Codexis (CDXS), which surged nearly 50% after announcing a collaboration and license agreement with GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). Among the noteworthy losers was Aaron's (AAN), which is engaged in the lease ownership and retail sale of a variety of consumer products. Its stock fell over 6% after the company lowered its second quarter outlook, citing lower than expected performance of its core business as the reason for the revision. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 33.45, or 0.2%, to 17,021.97, the Nasdaq was down 40.48, or 0.91%, to 4,399.94, and the S&P 500 was down 9.24, or 0.47%, to 1,967.86.
11:13 EDTAGNPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:05 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says committed to diabetes space
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09:50 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees competition in Hepatitis products a headwind in 2015
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09:36 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY14 pre-tax op. margin improving over FY13
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09:30 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says will buy back shares with net gain from OCD divestiture
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09:28 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees 2014 sales $74.5B-$75.3B, consensus $74.91B
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09:21 EDTGSKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:54 EDTJNJJ&J CEO says confident about long term growth prospects of healthcare market
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08:25 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says innovation sustaining long-term growth
Says MD&D progressing well towards 30 major filings by 2017. In Pharmaceuticals, sees 10 new products and 25 significant line extensions planned by 2017. Sees ~4.5% CAGR expected for WW prescription drug sales through 2017, despite potential headwinds. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q2 earnings conference call.
07:49 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Worldwide Pharmaceutical sales of $8.5B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson raises FY14 EPS to $5.85-$5.92 from $5.75-$5.85
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07:47 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 Domestic sales up 14.9% to $9.13B
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q2 EPS excluding items $1.66, consensus $1.55
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05:44 EDTNVSNovartis to license Google 'smart lens' technology
Novartis (NVS) announced that its eye care division Alcon has entered into an agreement with a division of Google (GOOG) to in-license its "smart lens" technology for all ocular medical uses. The agreement with Google[x], a team within Google that is devoted to finding new solutions to big global problems, provides Alcon with the opportunity to develop and commercialize Google's "smart lens" technology with the potential to transform eye care and further enhance Alcon's pipeline and global leadership in contact lenses and intraocular lenses. The transaction remains subject to anti-trust approvals. The agreement between Google and Alcon represents an important step for Novartis, across all of its divisions, to leverage technology to manage human diseases and conditions. Google's key advances in the miniaturization of electronics complement Novartis's deep pharmaceuticals and medical device expertise. Novartis aims to enhance the ways in which diseases are mapped within the body and ultimately prevented.
05:35 EDTNVSNovartis collaborates with Banner Alzheimer's Institute on study
Novartis announced a collaboration with Banner Alzheimer's Institute, or BAI, on a pioneering clinical study in Alzheimer's disease, or AD, prevention. The study will determine whether two Novartis investigational anti-amyloid treatments can prevent or delay the emergence of symptoms of AD in people identified as being at genetic risk for developing the late-onset form of the disease. Using an innovative trial design, the two treatments will be given in cognitively healthy people at genetic risk of developing the build-up of amyloid protein in the brain that may eventually lead to AD. One treatment is an active immunotherapy, a treatment that stimulates an immune response, and triggers the production of natural antibodies against amyloid. This investigational treatment, given via an injection, is in phase II clinical development. The second treatment, a BACE inhibitor, is an oral medication about to enter phase I trials and is designed to prevent the production of different forms of amyloid.
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