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January 8, 2013
12:11 EDTAMGNAmgen sees FY12 EPS $6.40-$6.50, consensus $6.59
Says R&D Tax Credit will be reflected in 2013 results.
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October 5, 2015
10:02 EDTAMGNBofa/Merrill healthcare analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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October 1, 2015
13:58 EDTAMGNExpress Scripts hints at slow start for new cholesterol drugs
An interview with Express Scripts' (ESRX) Everett Neville hinted at slow adoption rates for a pair of new cholesterol treatments known as PCSK9 inhibitors, spurring Piper Jaffray analysts to weigh in on the matter this morning. REJECTION RATES: In a Reuters interview published Wednesday, Express Scripts VP of Pharma Strategies and Chief Trade Relations Officer Everett Neville commented that two new PCSK9 drugs would not be "budget busters" because most prescriptions for the treatments are actually being denied. Praluent from Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi (SNY) as well as Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha were approved in recent months to treat high cholesterol, but their $14,000-plus yearly costs have come under fire, including from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. "We're seeing a lot of patients who either don't qualify or their physicians are not providing [necessary] information," Neville explained, indicating that use of the cholesterol treatments is coming in at the low end of expectations. ANALYST BREAKDOWN: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff said Neville's statements "validate" his view that PCSK9 adoption rates would be vulnerable to pushback from reimbursers like Express Scripts. Tenthoff added that he continues to see a slow launch for Regeneron's Praluent in particular, especially given the lack of cardiovascular outcomes data. Fellow Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer took a more optimistic view, acknowledging the apparently high prescription rejection rate but arguing that the patient pool for the drugs is expected to "grow substantially" once cardiovascular data is released. PRICE ACTION: Express Scripts shares have slipped roughly 0.9% amid broader market losses, while shares of Regeneron, Sanofi, and Amgen are all showing minor declines of less than 1%.
09:35 EDTAMGNActive equity options trading on open
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08:33 EDTAMGNAfter 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 EDTAMGNPiper 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 30, 2015
17:34 EDTAMGNExpress Scripts says many PCSK9 prescriptions denied, Reuters reports
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September 29, 2015
12:33 EDTAMGNOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were slightly higher at midday as the market seeks to break its losing streak, helped by an improvement in consumer confidence that came despite the recent market volatility. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., consumer confidence unexpectedly rose in September. Analysts expected the consumer confidence reading to pull back to 96.8 from the prior 101.5 figure, but it actually strengthened to 103.0. The S&P/Case-Shiller 20-city composite home price index was up a seasonally adjusted 0.2% month over month in July, versus the consensus forecast for a rise of 0.1%. Stocks sold off in much of Asia last night, with China's Shanghai composite index sliding 2% while Japan's Nikkei dropped 4%, erasing year-to-date gains in the process. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Yahoo (YHOO) advanced 3% after its board authorized the company to continue to pursue its spin-off of Aabaco Holdings, a newly formed independent registered investment company that will hold all of Yahoo's remaining holdings in Alibaba Group (BABA). MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Radius Health (RDUS), which rose nearly 10% after Ben Harrington of the Betaville blog stated during an appearance on Tip TV that he has heard that "something will be happening" in terms of M&A involving the company over the "next few weeks." Also higher were several recently beaten down biotech stocks that were seeing some bounceback, including Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX), which gained 5%, and Biogen (BIIB), which advanced 4%. Notably, both of them, along with Amgen (AMGN), were mentioned in a note to investors by Cowen analyst Ken Cacciatore as "hypothetical" targets for Allergan (AGN). Among the noteworthy losers was OvaScience (OVAS), which dropped 38% after saying it now longer expects to meet its 2015 goal of 1,000 Augment cycles. Esperion (ESPR) also fell 38% after the company warned that the FDA could require it to undertake new studies before its ETC-1002 is approved. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 7.27, or 0.05%, to 16,009.16, the Nasdaq was up 7.38, or 0.16%, to 4,551.35, and the S&P 500 was up 4.56, or 0.24%, to 1,886.33.
08:57 EDTAMGNCowen lists Vertex, Biogen and Amgen as hypothetical Allergan targets
Cowen analyst Ken Cacciatore noted that the price agreed for Allergan's (AGN) generic divestiture to Teva (TEVA) is fixed and that the cash value from this deal has not depreciated in any way while the corresponding valuations of potential targets have corrected, increasing the potential value creation available for Allergan as it decides how to deploy its capital. To illustrate the value creation that Allergan's capital deployment could generate, Cacciatore estimates the type of accretion potential that might be seen if the company were to buy Vertex with an acquisition price of $36.5B, if it were to acquire Biogen (BIIB) at a price of $91B or if it were to purchase Amgen (AMGN) with an acquisition price of $140B. Although the market correction has lowered Allergan's stock, the decline could be viewed as a near-term positive, given that a key component of its strategy and business model is to seek to aggressively deploy its capital, Cacciatore argues in a note to investors. The analyst keeps an Outperform rating and $400 price target on Allergan shares.
05:42 EDTAMGNAmgen implied volatility of 45 at upper end of index mean range
September 28, 2015
15:24 EDTAMGNAmgen volatility at 52-week high
Amgen October weekly call option implied volatility is at 66, October is at 51, November is a 43; compared to its 52-week range of 20 to 42, suggesting larger near term price movement after presidential candidate Hilary Clinton announced plans last week to cap prescription drug prices.
07:27 EDTAMGNFDA and the Parental Drug Association to co-host a conference
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05:08 EDTAMGNStocks with implied volatility movement; AMGN XLV
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September 25, 2015
17:33 EDTAMGNDelta Air Lines, Google, Amgen look attractively priced, Barron's says
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07:28 EDTAMGNAmgen receives CHMP positive opinions for two treatment options
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07:22 EDTAMGNEuropean Society for Medical Oncology to hold a conference
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September 23, 2015
09:05 EDTAMGNAmgen and Allergan's lung cancer biosimilar candidate meets Phase 3 endpoints
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September 22, 2015
20:02 EDTAMGNClinton vows $250 cap on monthly drug costs in blast against biotechs, insurers
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton railed against biotech companies as well as health insurers at a community health care forum in Iowa on Tuesday. Clinton began her speech by praising the Affordable Care Act, but quickly noted that she wants to strengthen it due to what she called the rising cost of prescription drugs. She explained, "Our pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries deserve credit... [But] too often, these drugs cost a fortune. Now, sometimes there is a good reason for that. Scientific breakthroughs are often the result of major investment... so it may makes sense, for a short period of time, to have to charge a lot of money for a drug. But when a drug has no competition, when there aren't any other treatments that can do what it does, pharmaceutical companies can charge astronomical fees far beyond anything that it would take to recoup their investment, and far beyond what they charge consumers anywhere else in the world outside of America." Referencing the recent criticism against Turing Pharmaceuticals, Clinton went on to say that "pharmaceutical companies that acquire an existing affordable drug that people rely on, and then turn around and charge a fortune for it, [are just betting] on the fact that desperate people will find some way to pay for it." Preemptively responding to questions of whether greater regulation will dampen investment, Clinton commented that "some people worry that my proposals will threaten innovation, but I have designed a plan that will do exactly the opposite... Under my plan, drug companies that want to keep getting federal support will have to redirect more of their profits into meaningful investments in research and development." Clinton also criticized incremental drug improvements, saying that "too often, so-called new drugs are really old drugs that have just been tweaked a little bit, but then they're marketed as breakthrough drugs and they're sold for high prices." The Democratic candidate went on to condemn advertising in the drug industry, remarking that "I also want to tackle direct to consumer advertising... Other countries ban these ads because they are so often misleading. But at the very least, we shouldn't be encouraging them with corporate write-offs... Under my plan, we will instead use that taxpayer money to fund innovation... I would also like to make sure any ads the drug industry does run are approved by the FDA." Moving more broadly onto Medicaid and health insurers, Clinton stated, "I believe Medicare should be able to negotiate for lower prices for its members... I will require drug companies to provide higher rebates for prescription drugs to low income Medicare patients, just like they have to do for Medicaid patients... I think the insurance companies need to be put on notice." Providing more concrete details of her plan, Clinton concluded, "I will cap out of pocket drug costs for working families. You won't have to pay more than $250 a month for covered medications... Particularly for people who have a chronic illness. Also under my plan, you will be able to import cheaper drugs from other countries legally. If the medicine you need costs less in Canada, you should be able to buy it from Canada or any other country that meets our safety standards... I will also make sure we have more generics on the market [by boosting funding for] the FDA's office of generic drugs."
17:35 EDTAMGNHillary Clinton vows to cap out-of-pocket drug costs at $250 per month
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said in a tweet that, "Under my plan, I'll cap out-of-pocket drug costs for families. You won't have to pay more than $250/month for covered medications." Reference Link
08:23 EDTAMGNAnalysts say buy select biotech stocks ahead of Clinton drug plan
Ahead of Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton laying out her plan to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market at an event in Iowa later today, analysts at research firms Jefferies and Piper Jaffray are recommending select biotech stocks that they view as buys amid the weakness in the space. DEBATE: Biotech stocks broadly declined yesterday, with the NASDAQ Biotechnology index (IBB) sliding roughly 4.4%, after privately-held Turing Pharmaceuticals made headlines by enacting a 5,000% price increase on a 62-year-old drug that fights complication of AIDS and cancer. Furor around the sudden price hike for Turing's Daraprim reignited a debate around drug prices that previously embroiled costly Hepatitis C drugs including AbbVie's (ABBV) Viekira Pak and Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi and Harvoni. The news also follows Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issuing a letter in August to Valeant (VRX) and Pfizer's (PFE) Hospira, in which he requested information on the "enormous" price increases of two drugs Valeant acquired earlier in the year. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton sent the debate to center stage yesterday by criticizing the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs and promising to lay out a plan today to tackle "price gouging" in the specialty drug market. Clinton's proposal, which she'll outline in a speech in Iowa later today, would force pharmaceutical companies to reinvest their profits into research, allow for more generic and imported drugs and allow Medicare to negotiate lower drug costs and cap out-of-pocket expenses, according to details of the plan shared with USA Today. Zeke Emanuel, chair of medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, appeared on Nightly Business Report to discuss the problem of high drug prices and his suggested solutions. During his interview, Emanuel contended that giving Medicare the ability to negotiate drug prices may drive up prices for everyone else. DEFENSES: The Jefferies Biotechnology research team, led by Brian Abrahams, Eun Yang and Biren Amin, say their Washington D.C. consultants indicate the recent political rhetoric around drug pricing is unlikely to result in any substantive future policy changes that would impact biotech sector fundamentals. As such, they recommend using yesterday's selloff to buy select companies including Celgene (CELG), BioMarin (BMRN) and Alkermes (ALKS). Pricing concerns are nothing new, and will likely continue to be a headwind for the sector, the analysts tell investors in a research note. Hillary Clinton's proposal to combat drug pricing is likely to include "some combination of old and tried policies that have been out there for a few years," they write. The analysts also like shares of AMAG Pharmaceuticals (AMAG), Alder Biopharmaceuticals (ALDR) and Cempra (CEMP). Meanwhile, Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff recommends buying shares of Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) following yesterday's selloff. Tenthoff believes that drugs like Vertex's Orkambi will maintain premium pricing because of the disease modifying value to patients and payors. Orkambi is approved to treat cystic fibrosis in patients 12 years and older. The analyst reiterates an Overweight rating on Vertex with a $163 price target. DOWNGRADE: Brean Capital analyst Difei Yang downgraded Horizon Pharma (HZNP) to Hold saying "unsettling recent developments" make the stock's premium valuation no longer justified. The public discussion on high drug prices is a negative for the company while its attempt to acquire Depomed (DEPO) is unlikely to result in a completed deal, Yang tells investors in a research note. Further, Horizon's prescription trends are showing weakness, said Yang, who views the stock as more risky than in the past. PRICE ACTION: Horizon closed yesterday down $2.93, or 9.2%, at $28.99, while Vertex dropped $5.97, or 4.8%, to $118.19. A number of the biggest stocks in biotechnology were also weak yesterday, with Gilead sliding about 2.5%, Amgen (AMGN) dropping 2.3%, Celgene declining 2.8% and Biogen (BIIB) falling more than 5.5%.

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