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July 17, 2014
16:45 EDTVRX, AGNPershing Square looks to obtain consents for special meeting
Pershing Square, who along with Valeant (VRX) own 9.7% of Allergan's (AGN) outstanding shares sent a letter on July 16 to Allergan's board which addressed the Allergan's response to Valeantís acquisition proposal. The letter said in part: "In my 21-year history as a governance investor, I cannot think of another example in our portfolio where a board has behaved as poorly as you have in your response to the Valeant merger proposal...You have accused Valeant of fraudulent accounting and of falsifying its reported growth rates and business performance, and you have done so without factual evidence to prove these assertions. If one spreads false and misleading information for the purpose of driving down Valeantís stock price, that is market manipulation, plain and simple. That a board of a $50B market cap company would engage in such behavior as a defensive tactic is extraordinary and incredibly inappropriate. ..We remind you that the current value of Valeantís stock does not reflect the value ultimately received by Allergan shareholders because Valeantís stock currently trades at a substantial discount due to Allerganís scorched earth, negative information campaign against Valeant, the uncertainty of transaction consummation due to Allerganís defensive tactics, and the resulting delays in time to closure...We are now working to obtain the consents to call a special meeting, and upon their receipt, we will ask the board to call the meeting. While under the companyís highly restrictive and cumbersome special meeting mechanics, you have the ability to delay the meeting for up to 120 days, we on behalf of Allerganís other shareholders ask that you do not delay the inevitable any further. What legitimate board of directors attempts to silence or otherwise delay hearing what its own shareholders have to say? Shareholders are looking forward to expressing their views."
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December 19, 2014
10:59 EDTAGNActavis considering bid for Spain based Almirall, Bloomberg reports
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08:05 EDTVRXValeant outlook has improved, says RBC Capital
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December 17, 2014
10:53 EDTVRX, AGNAckman says 'will take hard look' at Valeant shares after restrictions end
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10:02 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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06:28 EDTAGNAllergan downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS downgraded Allergan (AGN) to reflect acquisition by Actavis (ACT).
December 16, 2014
09:28 EDTAGNAllergan to host special shareholder meeting
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08:53 EDTAGNActavis accretion targets look more achievable, says Sterne Agee
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07:40 EDTAGNActavis reports Saunders to lead combined company as CEO
Actavis (ACT) announced the planned senior management team that will lead the global pharmaceutical company following the successful close of the acquisition of Allergan (AGN), anticipated in the second quarter of 2015. Brent Saunders will continue to lead Actavis as CEO and President and a member of the Board of Directors. Paul Bisaro will remain Executive Chairman of the board of directors. The company noted that it anticipates continuing to define the subsequent management levels within the global organization as rapidly as possible between now and the close of the acquisition. Actavis announced that, following the close of the acquisition, its global brand sales and marketing will be structured into three organizations: International Brands, Branded Pharma and Allergan Medical. "Although we are acting rapidly in announcing these appointments, we are making them following extensive discussions with David Pyott, Chairman and CEO of Allergan, and his executive leadership team. We believe that by announcing the proposed structure of the combined organization our shareholders, customers and employee teams will better appreciate our commitment to create the most dynamic company in Growth Pharma and will share our confidence in seamless execution of this combination beginning on Day 1," Saunders said.
December 15, 2014
10:00 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: UPS (UPS) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... CGG SA (CGG) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Ford (F) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Cenovus Energy (CVE) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Cobalt (CIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Gastar Exploration (GST) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Itau Unitbanco (ITUB) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Methanex (MEOH) downgraded to Outperform from Strong Buy at Raymond James... OGE Energy (OGE) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies... SandRidge Energy (SD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at SunTrust... Sempra Energy (SRE) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan... HollyFrontier (HFC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... CNA Financial (CNA) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at William Blair... Allergan (AGN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel... RF Micro Devices (RFMD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at DA Davidson.
07:58 EDTAGNAllergan downgraded to Hold from Buy at Stifel
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December 9, 2014
09:31 EDTAGN, VRXZoetis drops after report of Valeant abandoning growth by acquisitions strategy
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06:39 EDTVRXValeant to abandon growth by acquisitions strategy, Reuters says
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06:14 EDTAGNAllergan price target raised to $245 from $210 at Citigroup
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December 8, 2014
07:29 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
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07:18 EDTAGNUBS to hold investor trip
2014 Annual West Coast Investor Trip travels on the West Coast on December 8-10.

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