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April 29, 2014
06:01 EDTAZN, AGNStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AGN AZN
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; AstraZeneca (AZN) 32, Allergan (AGN) 29.
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September 15, 2014
11:57 EDTAGNPershing Square submits additional meeting requests
Pershing Square Capital Management announced that on Friday it submitted to Allergan (AGN) additional special meeting requests from shareholders owning approximately 0.6% of Allerganís shares. With these requests, Pershing Square has delivered requests from 51 institutions representing 35.68% of the outstanding common stock of Allergan. At the special meeting, Allergan shareholders will have the opportunity to voice their support for a number of matters, including the removal of six incumbent members of the Allergan board, the appointment of an independent slate of directors, amendments to Allerganís bylaws to eliminate onerous restrictions on the calling of a special meeting, a request that Allergan engage in negotiations with Valeant Pharmaceuticals(VRX) and Pershing Square, and certain other actions to improve corporate governance of Allergan.
07:27 EDTAZNPfizer acquisition could drive shares higher, says JPMorgan
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September 12, 2014
10:32 EDTAZNPfizer CEO says company still open to inversion deal, FT says
Pfizer (PFE) CEO Ian Read said U.S. rhetoric against tax inversions has been "political theater" ahead of midterm elections and made clear that his company is still open to a potential tax-saving acquisition, according to Financial Times, which added Read's comment about not being ďheld hostageĒ over price would likely be read as a signal the company might look elsewhere after being rebuffed by AstraZeneca (AZN). The Fly notes that Bloomberg previously reported, citing people familiar with the matter, that Pfizer is looking at targets other than AstraZeneca, including Actavis (ACT). Shares of Actavis trading in New York are up 2% this morning. Reference Link
08:02 EDTAGNPershing submits special meeting requests totaling 35% of Allergan shares
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05:09 EDTAGNAllergan comments on Pershing Square delivery of additional requests
Allergan (AGN) commented on Pershing Square Capital Management delivery of additional requests from stockholders owning 1.5% of Allerganís shares to call a Special Meeting of Stockholders. Allergan will review these requests in addition to the requests from stockholders owning 2.8% of Allerganís shares that were delivered on September 3. The company issued the following statement: Notwithstanding Pershing Square and Valeant Pharmaceuticals (VRX) efforts to change the subject, Allergan recognizes that what actually matters is value, and thatís what the company is focusing on delivering to stockholders. In that regard, Allerganís current strategic plan is expected to deliver a compounded annual growth rate of greater than 20% EPS growth, including estimated 2016 EPS at approximately $10.00. Allergan has already scheduled the Special Meeting for December 18. As such, the delivery of additional requests for the Special Meeting by Pershing Square is not a meaningful development. The lawsuit in California is seeking an order barring Valeant, Pershing Square, Ackman, and entities affiliated with them from voting shares that Allergan believes were acquired in violation of the federal securities laws, including insider trading. If Allerganís motion for a preliminary injunction is granted, it would prevent Valeant, Pershing Square, and Ackman from voting their shares at any meeting of stockholders.
September 11, 2014
11:08 EDTAGNAllergan shareholders owning 35% to ask for meeting, Reuters says
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09:52 EDTAGNValeant to submit consent from 35% of Allergan holders, CNBC reports
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September 10, 2014
15:21 EDTAZNAstraZeneca has a conference call hosted by JPMorgan
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September 9, 2014
16:04 EDTAGNPershing Square reports 9.7% stake in Allergan, sends letter to board
Pershing Square Capital Management sent a letter to the board of Allergan that highlights several reasons why Allergan is extremely shareholder unfriendly and why now is the time for Allergan's management team to wake up. In the letter, Pershing Square said: "Since the bid was announced in April, 75% of Allerganís shareholders have sold all or a portion of their investment including the companyís largest shareholder, which has sold its entire position. These shareholders are sending the board a message. They would not have sold if they believed that Allergan stock was worth more than current values... We note CFO Jeff Edwards recent decision to retire from the company at age 53 for family reasons, and his replacement by an investor relations executive rather than an experienced public company CFO. The notion that Allergan should execute the largest acquisition in its history led by an investor relations executive is a frightening proposition. While we respect an executiveís need to retire from a company for family reasons, Edwards exit also calls into question the companyís forward earnings guidance which shareholders expected him to execute on when the Company presented these projections on July 21st. I had expected that at some point one or more directors would have woken up and smelled the coffee. There is still time for a subset of directors to rescue their reputations by taking over leadership of this process from David Pyott and his handpicked advisors and doing what you are paid $400,000 per year to do on behalf of the companyís owners."
06:42 EDTAGNLew expects to make decision on combating inversion deals soon, NY Times reports
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September 8, 2014
14:13 EDTAZNConnecticut AG tells FDA to speed up generic Nexium
A news release from the Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, dated September 4, says: In comments to a Citizen Petition filed with the FDA, Attorney General George Jepsen called on the federal agency to expeditiously end several years of delays preventing the sale of a generic form of the drug esomeprazole magnesium , esomeprazole, currently marketed under the brand name Nexium. Nexium is the second highest-selling pharmaceutical drug in the United States, and delays in approving generic versions have cost consumers and government healthcare payers billions of dollars. In his comments, Attorney General Jepsen alleges that an agreement between drug manufacturers Ranbaxy (RBXLY) and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (AZN), Nexiumís brand-name manufacturer, has prevented other drug-makers from launching a generic version of the drug, ultimately harming all consumers by artificially inflating prices. Ranbaxy was first-to-file with the FDA for approval of a generic form of Nexium. AstraZeneca sued Ranbaxy for patent infringement, and the dispute was settled by an agreement that provided financial incentives for Ranbaxy to delay entry of its generic into the consumer market. Reference Link
07:21 EDTAGNJazz looks more attractive for Allergan than Salix, says Wells Fargo
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07:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca announces availability of Bydureon pen 2mg
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September 5, 2014
10:05 EDTAGNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: Actavis (ACT) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Akamai (AKAM) initiated with a Buy at UBS... Alexion (ALXN) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Allegion (ALLE) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Allergan (AGN) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Aviat Networks (AVNW) initiated with a Neutral at H.C. Wainwright... Celgene (CELG) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... EZCORP (EZPW) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies... Eaton (ETN) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Emerson (EMR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... HMS Holdings (HMSY) initiated with an Overweight at Stephens... Incyte (INCY) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Ingersoll-Rand (IR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Insmed (INSM) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Intercept (ICPT) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen... Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) initiated with an Outperform at BMO Capital... Lennox (LII) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Mylan (MYL) initiated with a Hold at ISI Group... Orion Engineered Carbons (OEC) initiated with a Buy at Goldman... Parker-Hannifin (PH) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Pentair (PNR) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Pharmacyclics (PCYC) initiated with a Neutral at SunTrust... Rockwell Automation (ROK) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Sabre (SABR) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... Santander Consumer (SC) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Springleaf (LEAF) initiated with a Buy at Jefferies... Susser Petroleum (SUSP) initiated with a Neutral at Credit Suisse... Teva (TEVA) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... Valeant (VRX) initiated with a Buy at ISI Group... WESCO (WCC) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Watsco (WSO) initiated with a Neutral at Buckingham... Weyerhaeuser (WY) initiated with a Neutral at JPMorgan... World Acceptance (WRLD) initiated with a Hold at Jefferies.
September 4, 2014
19:12 EDTAGNAllergan provides update on requests from Pershing regarding special meeting
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17:17 EDTAGNAllergan initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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17:15 EDTAZNAstraZeneca granted orphan status for EFGR non-small cell lung cancer treatment
The FDA posted on its website that AstraZeneca has been granted orphan status for its treatment of epidermal growth factor receptor, or EFGR, mutation-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Reference Link
09:44 EDTAGNValeant, Ackman deliver another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, CNBC reports
Valeant (VRX) and Bill Ackman delivered another 2.8% consent vote to Allergan, bringing its total vote to call a special meeting to 33.8%, CNBC's David Faber reports, citing sources. A special meeting has been set for December 18, Faber added.
07:23 EDTAZNAstraZeneca called for inversion clamp down as part of defense, WSJ says
Amid its defense against an unsolicited takeover bid from rival Pfizer (PFE), AstraZeneca (AZN) hired advisers with close ties to the Obama administration, who made calls to senior administration officials urging a clamp down on tax inversions, said The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the previously undisclosed calls. Reference Link
September 3, 2014
05:44 EDTAZNTeva announces positive judgement in patent case against AstraZeneca
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