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June 10, 2014
12:22 EDTFRAN, MRK, ACHN, IGT, RSH, VRX, IDIX, SGMS, AGNOn 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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May 20, 2015
06:37 EDTVRXSources: Valeant in talks to buy Amoun Pharmaceutical, Bloomberg reports
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06:32 EDTVRXValeant CEO sees quintupling in Asia sales by 2020, Reuters reports
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06:20 EDTACHNAchillion downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at JMP Securities
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06:17 EDTACHNAchillion downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
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May 19, 2015
19:06 EDTACHNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Computer Sciences (CSC), up 5%... NQ Mobile (NQ), up 1.4%. ALSO HIGHER: Sarepta Therapeutics (SRPT), up 38.9% after announcing plans for rolling eteplirsen NDA... LendingClub (LC), up 2.8% after being upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Keysight Technologies (KEYS), down 3.1%... Autodesk (ADSK), down 2.1%. ALSO LOWER: Cimarex Energy (XEC), down 4% after filing to sell 6M shares of common stock... Norwegian Cruise Line (NCLH), down 2.5% after filing to sell 20M ordinary shares for holders... Achillion Pharmaceuticals (ACHN), down 3.2% following collaboration for HCV with Janssen.
16:52 EDTACHNAchillion reverses, now down 5% following collaboration for HCV with Janssen
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16:40 EDTACHNAchillion up 7% following collaboration for HCV with Janssen
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16:10 EDTACHNAchillion enters into collaboration for HCV with Janssen
Achillion (ACHN) announced that it has entered into a worldwide license and collaboration arrangement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), to develop and commercialize one or more of Achillion's lead hepatitis C virus, or HCV, assets which include ACH-3102, ACH-3422, and sovaprevir. Under the terms of the agreement, Achillion will grant Janssen an exclusive, worldwide license to develop and, upon regulatory approval, commercialize HCV products and regimens containing one or more of Achillion's HCV assets. Achillion is eligible to receive a number of payments based upon achievement of specified development, regulatory and sales milestones. Achillion is also eligible to receive tiered royalty percentages between mid-teens and low-twenties based upon future worldwide sales. Janssen will be responsible for all of the development costs within the collaboration and all subsequent costs related to commercialization of the HCV assets. A key objective of the collaboration will be to develop a short-duration, highly effective, pan-genotypic, oral regimen for the treatment of HCV. An initial regimen that will be explored will feature Achillion's ACH-3102, a second-generation NS5A inhibitor currently in Phase 2 clinical studies that has been granted Fast Track designation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in combination with an NS3/4A HCV protease inhibitor plus an NS5B HCV polymerase inhibitor from the collaboration. Additionally, in an equity transaction separate to the exclusive license and collaboration arrangement, Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc. will invest $225M in Achillion and, in return, receive approximately 18.4M newly issued, unregistered shares of Achillion at a price of $12.25 per share. The transactions, including the equity sale, are subject to customary closing conditions, including termination or expiration of any applicable waiting periods under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Act. Transitional clinical development and technology transfer activities under the collaboration are expected to take place over the next several months.
16:02 EDTACHNAchillion trading halted, pending news
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12:12 EDTACHNOptions with increasing implied volatility: ACHN ACM
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07:56 EDTACHNGilead for Achillion rumor not ridiculous, but highly unlikely, TheStreet says
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07:28 EDTMRKUBS to hold a conference
Global Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on May 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on May 19 at 8 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
06:55 EDTMRKGenocea could be takeover target after data, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expects Genocea Biosciences (GNCA) will report positive Phase II GEN-003 post-immunization results late in Q2. GEN-003 is a therapeutic vaccine for genital herpes targeting Herpes Simplex Virus Type 2. Positive GEN-003 data could position Genocea as a potential acquisition target by a larger vaccine player, Tenthoff tells investors today in a research note. Large vaccine makers include Sanofi (SNY), Merck (MRK), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Pfizer (PFE) and Novartis (NVS). The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Genocea with a $14 price target. Shares of the clinical-stage vaccine developer with a $227M market capitalization closed yesterday up 83c to $10.22.
05:48 EDTACHNStocks with implied volatility movement; ACHN WETF
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May 18, 2015
16:21 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
Stocks on Wall Street advanced in Monday trading, sending the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 to new all-time closing highs. The early part of the day saw the market move in a narrow range, but by early afternoon the market punched through its upper range and moved to session highs. The market drifted throughout the afternoon as the news flow was quiet and the trading volume remained light. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Home Builders’ confidence index fell 2 points to a reading of 54 in May, missing expectations for a 1 point increase to a reading of 57. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple (AAPL) advanced $1.47, or 1.14%, to $130.24 after noted investor Carl Icahn stated in an open letter to the company's CEO that he thinks other investors, analysts and the news media continue to misunderstand Apple and that its stock is "worth $240 today." Icahn urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to take advantage by launching a "much larger buyback" of the iPhone maker's shares. Separately, FBR Capital analysts Daniel Ives and James Moore wrote this morning in a note to investors that the Street is still underestimating Apple's growth outlook in China. The analysts believe that Apple's China revenue will exceed its revenue from the Americas in fiscal 2017... Endo International (ENDP) slid $4.53, or 5.31%, to $80.82 after the company agreed to pay $8B for privately held Par Pharmaceutical, which will roughly double Endo’s generics revenue and place its generics business among the top five as measured by U.S. sales. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Ann Inc. (ANN), which surged $7.69, or 19.87%, to $46.40 after agreeing to be acquired by Ascena Retail Group (ASNA) for about $2.15B in cash and stock. Ascena, which agreed to pay $37.34 in cash and 0.68 of a share of its own common stock in exchange for each share of the parent of the Ann Taylor brand, slipped 14c, or 0.99%, to $14.07 after announcing the deal. Also higher was Achillion (ACHN), which rose $1.41, or 14.79%, to $10.98 after the company cancelled its presentation at the UBS Global Healthcare Conference. Conference cancellations often generate speculation as to whether a company is engaged in merger or acquisition talks. Among the noteworthy losers was Eleven Biotherapeutics (EBIO), which dropped $8.29, or 69.26%, to $3.68 after announcing the company’s Phase 3 study of its lead drug candidate, EBI-005, in moderate to severe dry eye disease did not meet either of its two co-primary endpoints. Also lower were shares of Weibo (WB), which fell 87c, or 5.24%, to $15.73 after the shares were downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research. INDEXES: The Dow rose 26.32, or 0.14%, to 18,298.88, the Nasdaq gained 30.15, or 0.6%, to 5,078.44, and the S&P 500 added 6.47, or 0.3%, to 2,129.20.
16:16 EDTACHNGilead confirms plans to present tomorrow at UBS conference, Feuerstein reports
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15:29 EDTACHNOptions with increasing volume
Options with increasing volume: ACHN PAGP CBG NI NGLS LEA OKS GTI WETF URBN
14:42 EDTACHNAchillion rises as conference cancellation adds fuel to M&A speculation
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12:51 EDTACHNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
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11:40 EDTACHNAchillion jumps after conference presentation cancelled
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