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August 20, 2014
10:53 EDTVRX, SLXP, AGNAnalysts say Salix takeover would boost Allergan
Acquiring Salix (SLXP) would be a positive move for Allergan (AGN), two research firms indicated in notes to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: After The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported that Allergan had approached Salix and at least one other drug maker about a possible takeover as it fends off Valeantís (VRX) hostile buyout attempt, William Blair analyst Tim Lugo wrote that a merger between Allergan and Salix would produce a "very attractive" combined company. Salix would provide Allergan with significant growth, according to Lugo. The regulatory risk of Salix's treatment for Iiritable bowel syndrome with diarrhea has been reduced as a result of positive data on the drug, the analyst stated. Moreover, a combination of Allergan and Salix would have "more obvious value" next year than a combination of Allergan and Valeant, Lugo believes. Salix provides more growth opportunities for Allergan than Valeant, Lugo wrote. Allergan could bid around $192 per share for Salix, according to the analyst, who kept Outperform ratings on both Allergan and Salix. Meanwhile, analysts at Wells Fargo believe that a largely debt financed acquisition of Salix by Allergan could boost Allergan's earnings by 8% in 2015 and 2016, and 11%-12% in 2017-2018. Including share repurchases, the deal could increase Allergan's 2016 earnings per share outlook to $11 from $10, the firm believes. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, following rallies yesterday, Salix fell 3.5% to $155 and Allergan lost 0.5% to $161.
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November 16, 2014
14:02 EDTAGN, VRXAllergan, Actavis move closer to deal, WSJ reports
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November 14, 2014
10:00 EDTSLXPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:38 EDTVRXJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
06:03 EDTSLXPSalix upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
UBS upgraded Salix Pharmaceuticals to Buy saying it believes management has a better handle on inventory levels than investors think. The sees opportunity at current share levels and lowered its price target for shares to $116 from $160.
November 13, 2014
09:33 EDTVRXZoetis could get bought by Bayer for $53/share, says Jefferies
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07:23 EDTAGN, VRXValeant wooing doctors ahead of hoped for Allergan acquisition, WSJ says
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November 12, 2014
16:53 EDTAGNAllergan receives FDA approval for new styles of NATRELLE 410
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10:09 EDTVRX, AGNActavis in talks to buy Allergan for over $200 per share, Bloomberg says
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10:01 EDTAGNActavis in talks to buy Allergan for $60B, more than $200/share Bloomberg says
Actavis (ACT) is said to seek to pay about $200 per share, but Allergan (AGN) seeks about $210 per share, according to Bloomberg.
07:01 EDTAGNAllergan announces approval of amendments to company bylaws
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06:22 EDTVRX, AGNZoetis price target raised to $49 from $44 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Zoetis (ZTS) shares to $49 after activist Pershing Square confirmed the accumulation of a 10% stake in the company. Citi thinks Pershing is interested in advocating for a sale of Zoetis, potentially to Valeant (VRX) if its bid for Allergan (AGN) fails. Citi believes others, including Bayer (BAYRY), could be interested in acquiring Zoetis. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock.
November 11, 2014
16:24 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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15:46 EDTAGN, VRXPershing Square, Sachem Head build 10% stake in Zoetis, WSJ reports
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08:32 EDTAGN, VRXValeant likely to raise offer for Allergan again, says Bernstein
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08:20 EDTSLXPSalix risk/reward remains favorable, says Leerink
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06:14 EDTSLXPSalix risk/reward now 'more interesting,' says Deutsche Bank
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November 10, 2014
10:04 EDTSLXPOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) downgraded at Oppenheimer... American Eagle (AEO) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at B. Riley... BP (BP) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Callon Petroleum (CPE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... EP Energy (EPE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Eaton Vance (EV) downgraded at Sterne Agee... Ecopetrol (EC) downgraded to Underperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... General Mills (GIS) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... Genworth (GNW) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... MasTec (MTZ) downgraded to Hold from Buy at BB&T... Ocean Rig UDW (ORIG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Guggenheim... Performant Financial (PFMT) downgraded at Morgan Stanley... Petrobras (PBR) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Cowen... R.R. Donnelley (RRD) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Benchmark Co.... Rex Energy (REXX) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Salix (SLXP) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho... Siemens (SIEGY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... Solazyme (SZYM) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Stonegate Mortgage (SGM) downgraded to Market Perform at FBR Capital... Syngenta (SYT) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at HSBC... ViaSat (VSAT) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Needham... Vistaprint (VPRT) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Walter Investment (WAC) downgraded at Sterne Agee... WesBanco (WSBC) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Whiting USA Trust II (WHZ) downgraded to Underperform at Raymond James... Wipro (WIT) downgraded to Sell from Buy at UBS... XOMA (XOMA) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Yanzhou Coal (YZC) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Deutsche Bank.
09:06 EDTSLXPSalix shares still poised to rise significantly, says Sterne Agee
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08:29 EDTSLXPSalix price target lowered to $127 from $181 at Cantor
Cantor cut its price target on Salix after the company reported weaker than expected results, sharply cut its 2014 guidance and disclosed that it had stocked retailers with nine months of a number of key brands. However, the firm keeps a Buy rating on the stock based on valuation and its belief that the company may remain a takeover target.
06:40 EDTSLXPSalix downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Mizuho
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