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February 26, 2013
04:55 EDTALKS, ALKS, ANGO, ANGO, SNSS, SNSS, VHS, VHS, IART, IART, OCR, OCR, BKD, BKD, BAX, BAX, ARIA, ARIARBC Capital to host a conference
Healthcare Conference is being held in New York on February 26-27.
News For ALKS;ANGO;SNSS;VHS;IART;OCR;BKD;BAX;ARIA From The Last 14 Days
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July 1, 2015
16:28 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened higher amid hopes for a resolution to the Greek debt crisis. The market also received help from positive reports from the ISM on manufacturing and ADP on the labor market. The averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then gradually drifted off those highs, while moving in a fairly narrow range. Investors will now be looking to the release of tomorrow’s nonfarm payrolls report, which will be out a day earlier than normal due to the Independence Day holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the private sector added 237,000 jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly above the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMIs came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6, while the government's official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund last night. Reports then indicated that Greece's government was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that he sees no need for further talks on Greece at this point and that he awaits the result of this Sunday's scheduled referendum. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a cash and stock transaction valued in excess of $28B that will create the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advanced 77c, or 0.76%, to $102.45 following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged $25.63, or 26.94%, to $120.77... U.S. airline stocks dropped after the Associated Press reported that the Justice Department is investigating potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high. Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United Continental (UAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) all closed lower by between 1.4% to 3.4% following the report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which advanced 13.45% to $19.82 after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7.87% to $63.48 following a fourth quarter guidance hike, an announcement of a $40M repurchase plan and an upgrade to Buy at DA Davidson. Among the noteworthy losers was Baxter (BAX), which fell 44.43% to $38.86 after its spin-off of Baxalta (BXLT), whose shares fell 1.38% to $31.50. Baxter was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse after the research firm updated its valuation of Baxter to reflect the split. Also lower was Graham Holdings (GHC), which fell 35.48% to $693.63 after the company completed its spin-off of Cable ONE (CABO), whose shares lost 6.23% to $399. Additionally, shares of General Motors (GM) fell 0.87% to $33.04 after the company halted production at its Russian plant and reported June U.S. sales dropped 3%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 138.40, or 0.79%, to 17,757.91, the Nasdaq gained 26.26, or 0.53%, to 5,013.12, and the S&P 500 advanced 14.31, or 0.69%, to 2,077.42.
10:00 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Marchex (MCHX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... NASDAQ (NDAQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Starbucks (SBUX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Tuesday Morning (TUES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Johnson Rice... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc.
08:08 EDTBAXBaxter downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Baxter (BAX) to Neutral with a $39 price target based on valuation following the Baxalta (BXLT) spin-off.
June 29, 2015
06:57 EDTIARTIntegra LifeSciences to host conference call
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June 28, 2015
12:28 EDTIARTIntegra LifeSciences to acquire TEI for $312M
Integra LifeSciences, TEI Biosciences, and TEI Medical announced a definitive agreement under which Integra will acquire all of the outstanding shares of TEI Biosciences and TEI Medical for $312M cash at closing. The companies expect to complete this transaction during Q3. Preliminarily, Integra expects the acquired revenue to increase high single digits in the first full year after closing. Integra will provide further guidance, including expectations for 2015 financial performance, when it reports Q2 results in late July. "Upon closing, we expect this deal to be immediately accretive to our adjusted EBITDA and operating margins, and slightly accretive to our adjusted EPS, including the effects of any financing transactions that may close subsequent to the closing of the TEI acquisition," said Integra CFO Glenn Coleman. Integra also noted that the acquisition will expand its sales force with the addition of roughly 125 sales reps and managers.
June 26, 2015
07:52 EDTALKSAlkermes schizophrenia drug profile looks interesting, says Cowen
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June 25, 2015
07:06 EDTBAXMerrimack's MM-398 NDA granted priority review by FDA
Merrimack (MACK) and Baxalta Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Baxter (BAX) announced that the New Drug Application for MM-398 has been accepted for review by the FDA. Merrimack is seeking U.S. marketing approval of MM-398 for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. In addition, the FDA has classified the NDA as having Priority Review status. The FDA has set a goal of October 24 to take action under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. The European Medicines Agency has also accepted for review a Marketing Authorization Application for MM-398 for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. The acceptance of the MAA marks the beginning of the review process in the European Union for MM-398 in this indication.
June 24, 2015
07:48 EDTALKSAlkermes data support ALKS 3831 potential, says Credit Suisse
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05:51 EDTALKSAlkermes physician call on ALKS 3831 encouraging, says UBS
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June 23, 2015
18:07 EDTBAXBaxter initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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10:40 EDTOCRCVS Health sees Omnicare transaction closing by end of year
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June 22, 2015
09:09 EDTBKDBrookdale Senior Living announces announces leadership changes to COO and CFO
Brookdale Senior Living announced that Mark Ohlendorf, the company's President and CFO, will transition from his current dual roles to focus on an enhanced role as President. The company also announced that Gregory Richard, the company's COO, will step down effective September 30, 2015. President, Mr. Ohlendorf will immediately assume an active role in the company's operations leadership and will direct Brookdale's innovation initiatives. The ompany has initiated a search process to identify a new CFO and a new COO, and has retained Heidrick & Struggles, an executive search firm, to assist in this process. The company will consider both external and internal candidates. Ohlendorf will continue to serve as the company's CFO until a successor is appointed.
06:32 EDTBAXKamada collaborates with Baxter on clinical trial with Alpha-1 antitrypsin
Kamada (KMDA) reports that the company has entered into a collaboration with Baxalta International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Baxter (BAX) on a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of Kamada’s proprietary alpha-1 antitrypsin treatment for the prevention of lung transplant rejection. Under the agreement, Baxalta will collaborate in the development and funding of the study, which will be conducted in Israel. The study is expected to initiate in the first half of 2016, with more details on trial design to be provided at a later date. Kamada’s proprietary, highly-purified, liquid form of human AAT has shown positive interim results in a proof-of-concept Phase II study in Graft-versus-Host-Disease conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in cooperation with Baxalta. Based on those results, preclinical data published in Blood, and at the American Society of Hematology meeting, and a similar mechanism of action, the companies now plan to expand the AAT indication to the prevention of lung transplant rejection and may use this data to support clinical development worldwide. Baxalta has distribution rights to intravenous AAT for all indications in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, while Kamada has rights in all other territories and all other formulations.
June 19, 2015
18:12 EDTBAXS&P announces changes to S&P 100, 400, 500, and 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 100, S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: S&P 500 constituent The Priceline Group (PCLN) will replace Baxter International (BAX) in the S&P 100, Baxalta (BXLT) will replace QEP Resources (QEP) in the S&P 500, QEP Resources will replace Itron (ITRI) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Itron will replace Arch Coal (ACI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. Baxter International is spinning off Baxalta in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Baxter International will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution, but its post spin market capitalization will no longer make it appropriate for the S&P 100. QEP Resources, Itron and Arch Coal are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. Skechers USA (SKX) will replace Rock-Tenn Co. (RKT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and MiMedx Group (MDXG) will replace Skechers USA in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV) is combining with Rock-Tenn in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date. The combined company will remain in the S&P 500 and will change its name to WestRock Co. HealthEquity (HQY) will replace Zep Inc. (ZEP) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. Private equity firm New Mountain Capital is acquiring Zep in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.
17:19 EDTBAXPriceline to replace Baxter in S&P 100 as of 6/30 close
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10:31 EDTALKSAlkermes to host conference call
Conference call to discuss the six-month data of ALKS 3831 for the treatment of schizophrenia will be held on June 23 at 8 am. Webcast Link
June 18, 2015
11:31 EDTOCROptions with increasing implied volatility
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