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June 10, 2014
12:22 EDTRSH, VRX, IDIX, SGMS, AGN, FRAN, MRK, ACHN, IGTOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, threatening to break their recent winning streak. The market has steadily moved higher over the past week and has seen the Dow and S&P move to all-time highs, albeit on very light volume. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., wholesale inventories rose 1.1% in April, with sales up 1.3%, which were both better than forecast. The JOLTS report showed job openings climbed 289K to 4.46M in April. In China, official data showed an index of consumer prices rose 2.5% year-on-year in May, while China's producer price index contracted 1.4% during the month. COMPANY NEWS: Allergan (AGN) once again rejected the takeover proposal being made by Valeant (VRX) in partnership with hedge fund Pershing Square, saying that their upwardly revised bid still "substantially undervalues the company, creates significant risks and uncertainties for the stockholders of Allergan, and is not in the best interests of the company and its stockholders." Allergan said in a letter to Valeant that it publicly disclosed that the Allergan board has "serious concerns" about the large stock component of the proposal and that the latest Valeant proposal does not warrant discussions between the companies. Following the latest twist in this ongoing story, shares of Allergan were fractionally lower, while Valeant was down a bit over 1%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Achillion (ACHN), which rose another 54% near noon after having gained 47% yesterday. This morning JMP Securities upgraded Achillion following Merck's (MRK) acquisition of Idenix (IDIX) yesterday, while Piper Jaffray became the latest Street research firm to say it believes Achillion is positioned as an acquisition target. Also, Achillion announced that the FDA has removed the clinical hold on sovaprevir, an NS3/4A protease inhibitor, to permit the conduct of trials in patients with HCV. Also higher for a second straight session was Scientific Games (SGMS), which rose nearly 13% after the company announced the appointment of a new President and CEO. The company's shares had risen yesterday after Reuters said another company in the same space, International Game Technology (IGT), was exploring a sale and has attracted interest from rival gaming companies and private equity firms. Among the noteworthy losers was apparel, jewelry, and accessories retailer Francesca’s (FRAN), which sunk more than 13% after the company's first quarter quarter results fell short of analysts' consensus estimates and it cut its fiscal 2014 outlook. Also lower following its own earnings report was RadioShack (RSH), which declined over 9% after reporting a Q1 loss that exceeded analyst's expectations and warning that it may need to borrow additional funds or raise capital if the current trend in its operating results continues or further declines. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 14.18, or 0.08%, to 16,928.92, the Nasdaq was down 6.62, or 0.15%, to 4,329.62, and the S&P 500 was down 3.39, or 0.17%, to 1,947.88.
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July 24, 2015
18:25 EDTAGNAllergan considering breakup of company, Bloomberg reports
Allergan is reportedly working with advisors and leaning towards a sale or spinoff of generics, Bloomberg added.
07:06 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $285 from $255 at UBS
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06:51 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $290 from $250 at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott raised his price target for Valeant Pharmaceuticals to $290 citing the company's "very strong" Q2 results. Schott sees further upside to estimates and reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock.
July 23, 2015
12:12 EDTVRXValeant beats RBC as biggest Canadian company by market value, Bloomberg says
Valeant (VRX) has surpassed Royal Bank of Canada (RY) as the largest Canadian company by market value on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Bloomberg reports. Valeant surged 4.5% to a total market value of C$111.3B at 11:21 AM in Toronto, beating the Royal Bank's C$108.3B market value, the report says. Reference Link
11:04 EDTMRKMerck announces EMA acceptance of MAA for grazoprevir/elbasvir
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06:29 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 cash EPS view to $11.5-$11.80 from $10.90-$11.20
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06:26 EDTVRXValeant sees Q4 cash EPS $3.98-$4.18, consensus $3.49
Sees Q4 revenue $3.2B-$3.4B, consensus $3.03B.
06:25 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, consensus $2.86
Sees Q3 revenue $2.6B-$2.8B, consensus $2.74B.
06:24 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 cash EPS $2.56, consensus $2.46
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06:06 EDTVRXValeant raises FY15 cash EPS to $11.50-$11.80 from $10.90-$11.20
The increased EPS guidance reflects continued business outperformance and approval of IBS-D indication for Xifaxan. Raises FY15 total revenue to $10.7B-$10.4B from $10.4B-$10.6B. Sees FY15 Salix revenue $1.2B. Raises FY15 adjusted cash flow from operations to be greater than $3.2B from greater than $3.1B. Sees FY15 SSS organic growth of greater than 10% for 2H15.
06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q4 cash EPS $3.98-$4.18, revenue $3.2B-$3.4B
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06:05 EDTVRXValeant sees Q3 cash EPS $2.60-$2.70, revenue $2.6B-$2.8B
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06:04 EDTVRXValeant reports Q2 GAAP EPS (15c), Q2 cash EPS $2.56
Excluding negative impact of ForEx and Salix, cash EPS would have been $2.73. Reports Q2 total revenue $2.73B vs. $2.04B last year. Reports Q2 Product sales $2.70B vs. $1.99B last year. Reports Q2 SSS organic growth up 19%. Reports Q2 Salix revenue $313M.
July 22, 2015
07:04 EDTMRKMerck's Keytruda approved by EU for treatment of advanced melanoma in adults
Merck announced that the European Commission has approved KEYTRUDA, the company’s anti-PD-1 therapy, for the treatment of advanced melanoma in adults. The European Commission approval of pembrolizumab is based on data from three clinical studies conducted in more than 1,500 first-line and previously-treated patients with advanced melanoma. Pembrolizumab received European Commission regulatory approval based on Phase 3 data which showed it is the first and only anti-PD-1 therapy to provide a statistically superior survival benefit as a monotherapy compared to ipilimumab, the current standard of care for advanced melanoma. Today’s approval allows marketing of pembrolizumab in all 28 EU member states at the approved dose of 2 mg/kg every three weeks. The European Commission’s approval is based on data from three studies -- KEYNOTE-001, KEYNOTE-002 and KEYNOTE-006. These studies evaluated the efficacy and safety of pembrolizumab in advanced melanoma patients – across treatment lines, prognostic factors, tumor characteristics, and BRAF mutational status – and established 2 mg/kg every three weeks as the approved dose.
06:05 EDTMRKMerck, Ablynx expand immuno-oncology collaboration
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July 21, 2015
10:01 EDTVRXOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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July 20, 2015
16:15 EDTVRXValeant initiated with a Buy at BTIG
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08:38 EDTVRXAnalyst predicts Zoetis merges with Bayer unit, not Valeant
Zoetis (ZTS) in recent months has been the subject of takeover speculation, possibly for Valeant (VRX), but a Jefferies analyst told investors today in a research note that he views a deal with a unit of healthcare giant Bayer (BAYRY) as "highly likely" for the animal medicine company. BACKGROUND: Bill Ackman of Pershing Square, who owns stakes in both Zoetis and Valeant, said in early May while speaking on CNBC that Zoetis is a "great” business on a standalone basis, but he also spoke of the company's strategic value. Ackman added, however, that he was "not sure" that Valeant was the best acquirer of Zoetis. Subsequently, in late June, The Wall Street Journal reported that Valeant made a preliminary approach regarding a potential deal to buy Zoetis. CNBC's David Faber said the next day, citing his own sources, that Valeant reached out to Zoetis as a courtesy to common shareholder Ackman and was unlikely to pursue an acquisition of the company, though he cautioned then Valeant could change its approach and pursue a deal. BAYER: Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford said in a note today that he views a tie-up between Zoetis and Bayer's Animal Health business in 2016 as "highly likely." He sees Mylan's (MYL) acquisition of Abbott's (ABT) non‑U.S. developed markets specialty and branded generics business as a potential proxy for how a transaction could be structured, adding that such a "spinversion" could achieve up to 36% long-term earnings accretion for Zoetis. Holford reiterated a Buy rating on Zoetis with a $60 price target, while downgrading Bayer to Hold, citing valuation following the recent outperformance of its shares. IDEXX: While being discussed as a target, some analysts have also opined on companies that Zoetis could pursue as a buyer. On June 29, Canaccord said that in investor meetings with IDEXX (IDXX) executives declined to comment on Zoetis' potential interest in scaling up its animal health diagnostics business. Canaccord added that it thought Zoetis could make a bid for IDEXX. The firm reiterated its Buy rating and $80 price target on IDEXX shares at that time. PRICE ACTION: Since June 25, the day the Journal first reported on Valeant's preliminary takeover approach to Zoetis, the animal health company's shares have dropped nearly 4%. Zoetis closed down 20c to $47.80 on Friday.
07:33 EDTVRXValeant price target raised to $285 from $275 at Canaccord
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07:05 EDTAGNAllergan Q2 to alleviate competitive concerns, says JPMorgan
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