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March 26, 2014
08:06 EDTMRK, SNY, ALNYGenzyme exercises right to purchase additional shares of Alnylam common stock
Alnylam (ALNY) announced that Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, has exercised its right to purchase 344,448 unregistered shares of Alnylamís common stock in accordance with the terms of an investor rights agreement between Alnylam and Genzyme, dated January 11. These shares became available for purchase by Genzyme as a result of Alnylamís issuance of shares of common stock to Merck (MRK) in connection with Alnylamís acquisition of Sirna Therapeutics. Under the investor rights agreement, Genzyme has the right to purchase additional shares to maintain its ownership percentage of the companyís common stock. On March 25, Genzyme purchased these additional shares at a purchase price of $66.88, the closing price of Alnylamís stock that day, and paid the company approximately $23M. The exercise of this right to purchase the maximum number of additional shares under the terms of the investor rights agreement allows Genzyme to maintain its current ownership level of Alnylam common stock of approximately 12%.
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September 4, 2015
07:20 EDTMRKMerck selloff overdone, says SunTrust
After meeting with four senior Merck executives, SunTrust says that the selloff in the stock over concerns about the company's Januvia franchise are overdone. The firm expects the company's diabetes drugs to generate over $8.5B in revenue in 2020, up from less than $6B currently, through the launch of several new treatments within the next two years. It is upbeat on the outlook for the company's Keytruda cancer treatment and reiterates a $72 price target and Buy rating.
September 3, 2015
16:01 EDTSNYSanofi subsidiary to pay $32.5M to resolve Seprafilm 'criminal liability'
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September 2, 2015
08:04 EDTMRKMerck says FDA approves pediatric indication for Emend capsules
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September 1, 2015
16:17 EDTSNYArdelyx regains NaP2b program from Sanofi
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09:04 EDTMRKMerck reports new analyses from IMPROVE-IT study with Vytorin
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09:01 EDTSNYRegeneron and Sanofi announces Praluent Phase 3 data
Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) announced that, in a new pooled analysis of heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia patients included in the ODYSSEY clinical trial program, Praluent significantly reduced bad cholesterol, known as low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. This analysis included 1,257 HeFH patients, the largest group of HeFH patients ever studied in a Phase 3 program. At week 24, when the primary efficacy endpoint was assessed, patients treated with Praluent had an average 56 percent greater reduction in LDL-C compared to placebo in both arms. Reductions were observed as early as week 4 and were maintained for the duration of therapy, until week 78.
August 31, 2015
16:23 EDTALNYOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Monday
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12:20 EDTALNYOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were lower at midday, putting the averages on track to close out a down month with a down day. The weakness is being attributed to comments from several Fed officials on the likelihood of interest rates rising sometime this year. Also impacting the negative tone may be the media reports regarding China pulling back on its recent asset purchases to shore up its stock market. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago PMI dipped to 54.4 in August from 54.7 in July, versus expectations for it to have edged up to 54.5. The Dallas Fed manufacturing survey general activity index fell to -15.8, versus expectations for a reading of -4.0. In Asia, Chinese stocks fell once again, with the Shanghai composite index closing down 0.82% to finish the month of August with a 12% decline. Japan's Nikkei index finished the month with an even worse daily decline, falling about 1.3%, giving the Nikkei an 8% drop during August. In Europe, a flash estimate from Eurostat showed inflation in the euro area remained unchanged at 0.2% in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Phillips 66 (PSX) advanced 3% after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A) disclosed late Friday a $4.5B stake in the oil and gas refining and marketing company. Berkshire owns of the oil refiner. Berkshire increased its stake in Phillips 66 to nearly 58M shares between August 26 and August 28, according to filings with the SEC... Intel (INTC) and Goldman Sachs (GS) were the top gainers on the Dow and among the only names in the green among the members of the bluechip index, as both stocks benefited from analyst upgrades. Research firm Northland Capital upgraded Intel to Outperform, saying that the PC market has bottomed and that the chipmaking giant should benefit from its pending acquisition of Altera (ALTR), while Evercore ISI upgraded Goldman Sachs to Buy, saying the recent pickup in volatility has led to higher trading volumes, which should give a boost to the typically slowest summer month of the year. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Vital Therapies (VTL), which gained 14% after the company announced that additional data from its VTI-208 clinical trial were presented this weekend at an international symposium on dialysis in liver disease. Also higher were shares of The Medicines Company (MDCO), which rose 18% after several analyst said that a Phase I trial of the company's ALN-PCSsc cholesterol treatment yielded better than expected results. Shares of The Medicines Company's partner on the drug, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY), slipped 4% following the data announcement. Also lower were shares of ConforMIS (CFMS), which fell 18% after the company initiated a voluntary recall of specific serial numbers of patient-specific instrumentation for its knee replacement product systems and lowered its fiscal year revenue guidance. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 61.37, or 0.37%, to 16,581.64, the Nasdaq was down 16.59, or 0.34%, to 4,811.74, and the S&P 500 was down 8.73, or 0.44%, to 1,980.14.
09:07 EDTSNYSanofi, Google Life Sciences to collaborate to improve diabetes health outcomes
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07:45 EDTALNYRegeneron should be bought on any pullbacks, says RBC Capital
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06:35 EDTSNY, ALNYAlnylam price target raised to $184 from $180 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff raised his price target for Alnylam Pharmaceuticals (ALNY) to $184 saying the company over the weekend reported positive Phase I data on ALN-PCS showing LDL-cholesterol lowering comparable to Amgen (AMGN) and Sanofi/Regeneron's (REGN) anti-PCSK9 antibodies, but with only quarterly or potentially every 6-month injections. Tenthoff recommends using the recent pullback in shares of Alnylam as a buying opportunity and keeps an Overweight rating on the name.
August 30, 2015
15:50 EDTALNY, SNYAlnylam, The Medicines Co. say ALN-PCSsc reduces LDL cholesterol as much as 83%
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12:33 EDTMRKDividend-rich blue chips look attractive amid market volatility, Barron's says
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August 28, 2015
12:59 EDTALNYFly Watch: Medicines Co., Alnylam rise ahead of cholesterol study presentation
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08:01 EDTSNYAmgen pricing for Repatha competitive with Praluent, says Piper Jaffray
After the FDA announced last night that it has approved Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha injection, Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer said that the drug's indications seem "generally in line" with those for Praluent from Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY). Amgen disclosed an annual WAC of $14,100 for Repatha, which the analyst notes is about $500 per year below Praluent, but Schimmer said that the actual recognized price for each will ultimately be determined by discounting. Schimmer also noted that Amgen said it is working with payers and other purchasers on "innovative pricing programs," though he is uncertain if that means the company is working on a kind of "pay per performance" scheme. The analyst, who believes the market will prove large enough for both treatments, keeps a $200 price target and Overweight rating on Amgen shares.
August 27, 2015
19:14 EDTSNYExpress Scripts to cover both Repatha, Praluent for now, Bloomberg says
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August 26, 2015
08:53 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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07:09 EDTALNYVertex, Novavax among select biotechs to buy on weakness, says Piper Jaffray
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August 24, 2015
11:43 EDTALNYThe Medicines Co. and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals hold a joint conference call
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August 23, 2015
12:35 EDTMRKBiotech firms could see 'billions' in sales from new cancer drugs, Barron's says
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