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April 25, 2014
07:25 EDTAGN, VRX, ALKS, SHPG, JAZZAllergan approached Shire about potential takeover months ago, Reuters says
Allergan (AGN) reportedly approached Shire (SHPG) several months ago about a possible takeover, Reuters reports, though initial conversations never turned into more serious discussions. Since then, Allergan has received an unsolicited $47B offer from Valeant (VRX) and Pershing Square. It is unclear whether Allergan will look to revive talks with Shire or pursue another acquisition target like Jazz (JAZZ) or Alkermes (ALKS). Reference Link
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August 25, 2015
08:14 EDTAGNAllergan multiple is low, says Leerink
Leerink predicts that Allergan's 2016 EPS will come in at $17-$18. The firm thinks the company has "durable revenue streams," and a "deep pipeline with several potential blockbuster candidates." Leerink adds that the company "has significant capacity for M&A." It keeps a $388 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.
08:05 EDTVRXValeant names D. Robert Hale to board of directors
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International announced the addition of D. Robert Hale, Partner of ValueAct Capital, to its board of directors and the resignation of Jeffrey W. Ubben, CEO and CIO of ValueAct Capital, effective as of August 19, 2015. ValueAct Capital, an investment firm based in San Francisco with over $20B under management, owns approximately 4% of the outstanding stock of Valeant, and has been a shareholder in Valeant since 2006. As a Partner and member of the investment team of ValueAct Capital, Hale has worked closely with the board and management team of Valeant since January 2011. Hale will be the fourth Partner of ValueAct Capital to serve on the Valeant Board, following Mason Morfit, Brandon Boze, and Jeff Ubben.
07:06 EDTSHPGShire reaches CINRYZE agreement with Sanquin Blood Supply
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August 24, 2015
18:55 EDTSHPG, JAZZOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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18:52 EDTSHPG, JAZZJazz, Celgene, Shire up after USPTO rejects Acorda patent challenge
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08:37 EDTAGNAllergan recalls certain lots of REFRESH, FML, Blephamide treatments
Allergan announced that it is conducting a voluntary recall down to consumer level of specific lots of its REFRESH Lacri-Lube 3.5g and 7g for dry eye, REFRESH P.M. 3.5g for dry eye, FML 0.1%, and Blephamide 10%/0.2% sterile topical ophthalmic ointment combining an antibacterial and a corticosteroid, 3.5g. Allergan chose to initiate this recall based on a small number of customer complaints which reported a small black particle at the time of use. Allergan has informed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of this voluntary recall. Allergan is contacting retailers and wholesalers who have been shipped affected product lots to initiate the recall and is informing them of the steps needed to return affected product.
08:11 EDTALKSAlkermes delay for Aristada due to administrative issues, says Jefferies
Jefferies said it appears that the FDA's delay in approving Alkermes' Aristada is due to the agency's need for some additional review time. The firm said the fact that the FDA did not choose to issue a CRL letter gives it confidence that Alkermes should receive full approval in a "few weeks" and it maintains its Buy rating and $76 price target on the stock.
August 21, 2015
16:34 EDTVRXMarket enters correction territory in worst week in four years
For the week, stocks plummeted amid concerns about a slowing Chinese economy and declining oil prices. MACRO NEWS: Monday, the Empire State manufacturing index crashed to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009... Meanwhile, the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June, matching consensus estimates... Tuesday, July housing starts edged up 0.2% to 1.206M, beating consensus estimates for 1.180M in the best reading since October 2007. Building permits, however, fell 16.3% to 1.119M against expectations for 1.230M, while single family starts rose 12.8% and multifamily numbers fell 17.0%... Wednesday, the July consumer price index edged up 0.1% against expectations for 0.2% reading. The core reading, which excludes food and energy, also came in at 0.1% versus consensus estimates of 0.2%... Meanwhile, FOMC minutes showed no definitive indication of a September rate hike... Thursday, initial jobless claims rose to 277,000 from a revised 273,000, bringing the 4-week moving average to 271,500... The Philadelphia Fed index rose 2.6 points to 8.3 in August, beating expectations for a 7.5 reading... Friday, the PMI Manufacturing Index Flash for August came in at a level of 52.9, below the prior level of 53.8 and the consensus level of 54.2. COMPANY NEWS: Monday, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC tracking stock, though the companies specified that QVC and zulily will operate as separate brands... Amazon (AMZN) founder and CEO Jeff Bezos downplayed a recent New York Times critique of the company's workplace practices, telling employees in an email that "the article doesn't describe the Amazon I know or the caring Amazonians I work with every day..." Tuesday, Wal-Mart (WMT) cut its full year earnings outlook, with company executives on a subsequent conference call expressing confidence in China but noting that Brazil and U.K. remain challenging markets for the company... Wednesday, Seagate Technology (STX) agreed to acquire Dot Hill Systems (HILL) for $9.75 per share, noting that it expects the deal to be non-GAAP EPS accretive in fiscal 2016... Thursday, Valeant (VRX) agreed to acquire Sprout Pharmaceuticals for roughly $1B in cash plus a profit-sharing agreement, adding that it expects to bring the company's recently-approved female sexual dysfunction drug Addyi to the U.S. by Q4... Friday, Steiner Leisure (STNR) entered into a definitive merger agreement where an affiliate of Catterton will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Steiner for $65 per share in cash. INDEXES: For the week, the Dow lost about 5.79% to close at 16,459.75, the Nasdaq declined about 6.71% to close at 4,706.04, and the S&P 500 fell about 5.73% to close at 1,970.89.
16:01 EDTALKSAlkermes provides update on FDA review of ARISTADA
Alkermes announced that the U.S. FDA has advised Alkermes that it will not be able to complete its review of the New Drug Application for ARISTADA for the treatment of schizophrenia by the Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date of Aug. 22, 2015. The FDA indicated that this delay was expected to be brief, measured in terms of weeks, but could not confirm specific timing. The FDA also indicated that no additional data or information is required from Alkermes at this time. "We are confident in the ARISTADA program and our NDA submission, and we will work closely with the FDA as they complete their review," said Elliot Ehrich, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Alkermes. "We look forward to bringing ARISTADA to market as a potential new treatment option to help address the significant unmet medical needs of patients living with schizophrenia."
09:38 EDTSHPGUBS global healthcare analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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August 20, 2015
18:09 EDTVRXValeant a bargain, poised for growth, Barron's says
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16:48 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Thursday
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13:26 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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09:20 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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09:13 EDTVRXPalatin up 15.18% after Valeant announces plans to buy Sprout for $1B
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08:16 EDTAGNAllergan's Botox resubmission for lower limb spasticiy accepted by FDA
Allergan 's resubmission of its Supplemental Biologics License Application for Botox for the treatment of adults with lower limb spasticity in adults has been accepted by the FDA. A six-month review period has been assigned for the sBLA. The Prescription Drug User Fee Act date is expected to be in 1Q16. The resubmission provides additional data from a double-blind, placebo controlled study involving 468 patients with lower limb spasticity. The FDA also approved an increase to the maximum Botox cumulative dose within three months from 360 to 400 units in adults treated for one or more indications.
07:31 EDTVRXValeant to acquire Sprout Pharma for $1B, plus a share of future profits
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05:50 EDTVRXValeant nears deal to buy Sprout Pharma for $1B, WSJ reports
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August 17, 2015
06:55 EDTSHPGBaxalta initiated with an Outperform at William Blair
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06:48 EDTSHPGShire to raise Baxalta offer if given access to company's books, Telegraph says
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