|March 10, 2014|
|06:33 EDT||ALXN||Alexion raises FY14 EPS view to $4.37-$4.47 from $3.70-$3.80, consensus $3.89|
Raises FY14 net product revenue guidance to $2.15B-$2.17B from $2B-$2.02B, consensus $2.03B.
News For ALXN From The Last 14 Days
|October 8, 2015|
|06:32 EDT||ALXN||Piper Jaffray explains why drug prices are justifiable|
Piper Jaffray's team of Biopharma analysts, led by Joshua Schimmer, explain this morning in research note to investors why they believe drug prices are justifiable. The "fairly lopsided" drug-pricing discussion "noise" has created attractive entry points for stocks in the sector, the analysts argue. They say that after adjusting for actual inflation, the growth of drug prices "does not seem particularly concerning." The current dialogue on the topic under-emphasizes the need to provide "extremely attractive incentives" for companies to embark on the "highly risky, capital-intensive, long-development cycle drug development path which is needed to bring new cures for important diseases," the analysts contend. Schimmer's top picks are Alexion (ALXN), Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) in the large-cap space, GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) and bluebird bio (BLUE) among mid-caps, and Flex Pharma (FLKS), Lion Biotechnologies (LBIO), Otonomy (OTIC) and Ignyta (RXDX) in the small-cap sector.
|October 7, 2015|
|07:23 EDT||ALXN||European Committee Treatment & Research in Multiple Sclerosis holds meeting|
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|October 6, 2015|
|12:06 EDT||ALXN||Piper's Schimmer sees opportunity in Biopharma on TPP-related selloff|
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer says Biopharma stocks are selling off with some spinning the eight years of exclusivity for biologics as part of the Trans Pacific Partnership as a negative for the industry. The development is a "step forward," especially since it does not over-rule the 12 years' exclusivity for the drugs in the U.S., Schimmer tells investors in an intraday research note. While the sector asked for 12 years' exclusivity to match the U.S., eight years is a "reasonable compromise," the analyst argues. His top picks remain Alexion (ALXN), Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) in the large-cap space, GW Pharmaceuticals (GWPH) and bluebird bio (BLUE) among mid-caps, and Flex Pharma (FLKS), Lion Biotechnologies (LBIO), Otonomy (OTIC) and Ignyta (RXDX) in the small-cap sector. Further, Schimmer writes that more names look "increasingly compelling" amid the selloff.
|October 2, 2015|
|11:18 EDT||ALXN||Morgan Stanley downgrades select pharma stocks amid drug price scrutiny|
Morgan Stanley downgraded several stocks in the pharmaceutical sector, dropping drugmakers Valeant (VRX), Gilead (GILD) and Regeneron (REGN) to Equal Weight from Overweight. The firm also downgraded specialty pharmacy Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) to Equal Weight and cut its rating on drug distributor AmerisourceBergen (ABC) to Underweight, the firm's equivalent of a sell rating. WHAT'S NEW: Democrats' scrutiny of high drug prices may continue, warned Morgan Stanley analyst David Risinger. As a result, it is hard to predict when Valeant, which generated 14% of its Q2 sales rise from price increases, will see its P/E multiple rise, Risinger believes. The company's lower multiple will hinder its ability to conduct M&A and swap or issue equity, according to Risinger, who set a $200 price target on the stock. Morgan Stanley analyst Matthew Harrison downgraded Gilead, noting that U.S. hepatitis C volume growth has dropped in the last few months. Although Harrison thinks that the U.S. hepatitis C market is still strong, he believes that the data could cause the Street to become concerned about Gilead's fourth quarter and 2016 outlook. He set a $127 price target on the shares. Harrison also downgraded Regeneron, stating his belief that two other drug makers, Alexion (ALXN) and Vertex (VRTX), have stronger near-term appreciation potential. He added that Regeneron has a number of potential negative catalysts, including drug pricing concerns and his belief, based on physician feedback, that the launch of the company's cholesterol drug, Praluent, could miss expectations. He set a $593 price target on the shares. AmerisourceBergen, which provides pharmaceutical sourcing and distribution service to healthcare providers, is the most levered to branded price inflation and that attribute could weigh on the shares, said Risinger, who cut his price target to $93 from $120 on the stock. The uncertain outlook for drug prices could keep the stock range-bound, added the analyst. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Valeant dropped 2.3% to $175.50, Gilead declined 1% to $97.26, Regeneron was flat near to $472 per share and AmerisourceBergen slid 1.3% to $93.25.
|10:00 EDT||ALXN||On The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary |
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Alexion (ALXN) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... BlackRock (BLK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... Dunkin' Brands (DNKN) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... EnPro (NPO) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sidoti... Finish Line (FINL) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... FutureFuel (FF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Roth Capital... Google (GOOG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Johnson Controls (JCI) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Nomura... Kennametal (KMT) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... Lufthansa (DLAKY) upgraded to Buy from Hold at HSBC... Martin Marietta (MLM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Longbow... Northern Trust (NTRS) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... PMC-Sierra (PMCS) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... Pfizer (PFE) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... Realogy (RLGY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Sarepta (SRPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush... Summit Materials (SUM) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... TreeHouse (THS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Vertex (VRTX) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
|07:06 EDT||ALXN||Alexion upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley|
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|October 1, 2015|
|08:33 EDT||ALXN||After massive selloff, large biotechs seen leading sector back|
The biotech sector has been among the worst performing groups during the recent stock market volaility, due to broader macroeconomic concerns as well as sector-specific worries about pushback on drug price increases. However, analysts at JPMorgan and Piper Jaffray issued notes defending a leader in the space, Celgene (CELG), and argued that growth in the sector will continue and cannot be ignored by investors for much longer. BUY CELGENE: JPMorgan analyst Cory Kasimov upgraded Celgene to Overweight citing an "increasingly attractive" valuation following the recent pullback in shares. The company is one the "most fundamentally sound biotechs" and shares at current levels are "too compelling to remain on the sidelines," Kasimov tells investors in a research note. The analyst said that not only does Celgene have an "impressive" proprietary pipeline, but he is also confident in the company's ability to identify potentially first-in-class and best-in-class products to partner on or acquire to continue its growth. Kasimov keeps a $152 price target for the stock. HIGH-GROWTH: Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer says recent weakness in the biopharma sector has created a "valuation discrepancy" versus non-growth, non-biopharma stocks that he hasn't seen for a number of years. The sector remains in a "prolonged growth cycle" driven by extended product cycles, attractive and improving pipelines and M&A opportunities, Schimmer told investors in a research note titled "Out of The Ashes, A Growth Sector Poised To Fly Higher." The analyst, who expects large-cap biopharma companies to lift the sector out of the recent weakness, listed Celgene, Alexion (ALXN), Amgen (AMGN) and Endo (ENDP) as his preferred growth names. PRICE ACTION: Celgene shares are down more than 8% over the past month, though the stock closed yesterday up $2.79 to $108.13. During September, Alexion declined 9%, Amgen dropped 9%, Endo fell 10% and the iShares NASDAQ Biotechnology Index ETF (IBB) slid more than 11%.
|06:28 EDT||ALXN||Piper sees 'highly compelling' entry points in large cap biopharma|
Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer says recent weakness in the biopharma sector has created a "valuation discrepancy" versus non-growth peers that he hasn't seen for a number of years. The sector remains in a "prolonged growth cycle" driven by extended product cycles, attractive and improving pipelines and M&A opportunities, Schimmer tells investors in a research note titled "Out of The Ashes, A Growth Sector Poised To Fly Higher." He expects large-cap biopharma companies to lift the sector out of the recent weakness. His preferred growth names include Celgene (CELG), Alexion (ALXN), Amgen (AMGN) and Endo (ENDP).
|September 24, 2015|
|07:24 EDT||ALXN||Alexion weakness creates buying opporutnity, says Oppenheimer|
Oppenheimer expects Alexion to report better than expected revenue over the next 12-18 months, driven by the launches of its Strensiq and Kanuma drugs. The firm thinks that the drug launches carry little risk, and it does not expect the company to be affected by pricing pressures. It keeps a $228 price target and Outperform rating on the shares.