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March 28, 2014
06:57 EDTMRK, JNJ, GSK, BMY, LLY, AZN, RHHBY, NVS, PFE, SNYBaxter spin-off to encourage others to follow suit, Reuters columnist says
After Baxter said that it would separate its biotech and medical products units, a Reuters columnist says that Baxter's shareholders will benefit from the move. As a result, other large drug companies will be more likely to split their companies, the columnist contended. Publicly traded companies in the space include AstraZeneca (AZN), Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY), GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Johnson & Johnson (JNJ), Merck (MRK), Novartis (NVS), Pfizer (PFE), Roche (RHHBY) and Sanofi (SNY). Reference Link
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August 18, 2015
09:19 EDTNVSPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:03 EDTMRKMerck says FDA accepts sBLA for Keytruda
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07:22 EDTBMYBristol-Myers combo data could push shares above $70, says JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott says the risk/reward for shares of Bristol-Myers Squibb looks "very attractive" ahead of the World Conference on Lung Cancer, which begins September 6. Data at the conference supportive of an Opdivo/Yervoy combo would represent a clear catalyst for the shares, Schott tells investors in a research note. Bristol is "already extremely well-positioned" in the advanced non-small cell lung cancer market, and data suggesting that the company has addressed toxicity concerns with the combo could push the stock above $70, Schott argues. Bristol closed yesterday up 39c to $63.47. The analyst sees limited downside to stock even with disappointing results at the World Conference on Lung Cancer. He reiterates an Overweight rating on Bristol with a $75 price target.
August 17, 2015
13:30 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks began the session deep in negative territory after a disappointing Empire Manufacturing report. The data got the market off to a weak start as optimism over last week's finish began to fade. The averages continued to drift in a narrow range for the opening hour before reversing and capturing the opening losses. Each of the major equity indices is now back in positive territory sporting slight gains across the board. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Empire State manufacturing index plunged to -14.92 in August after rebounding to 3.86 in July from June's -1.98. The consensus estimate was 4.75, and the surprising drop puts the index at its lowest point since April 2009. The employment component slid to 1.82, while new orders crashed to -15.70. Meanwhile, the U.S. NAHB homebuilder sentiment index rose to 61 in August from 60 in June and and is the highest since November 2005. The single family sales index edged up to 66 versus a revised 65 last month, while the index of prospective buyer traffic improved to 45 versus 43 previously. In Europe, various Eurozone parliaments prepare to vote on Greece's new EUR86B bailout plan this week. COMPANY NEWS: Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced this morning an agreement to acquire zulily (ZU) for $18.75 per share in a deal valuing the online shopping site at $2.4B, driving zulily shares up more than 47% in intraday trading. The acquisition will be attributed to Liberty's QVC Group tracking stock, though QVC and zulily will be operated as separate consumer facing brands. On a conference call discussing the acquisition, Liberty Interactive executives noted that the "highly efficient" deal will allow Liberty to reach a younger base. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers AVEO Oncology (AVEO), which rose roughly 50% after announcing a license agreement with Novartis (NVS) for the development and commercialization of AVEO's AV-380 drug and related antibodies. Also higher was Kite Pharma (KITE), which advanced roughly 5.4% after clarifying that an earlier patient death in its Phase 1/2 KTE-C19 trial for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma was unrelated to Kite's therapy. Additionally, shares of Target (TGT) have gained roughly 10c despite lingering in negative territory early Monday after the company promoted CFO John Mulligan to the newly created role of EVP and COO and appointed Cathy Smith as EVP and CFO. Prior to joining Target, Smith served as EVP and CFO at St. Louis-based Express Scripts (ESRX). Among the noteworthy losers was KKR (KKR), which lost roughly 2.4% after Samson Resources announced a restructuring agreement late Friday, adding that it expects to file for bankruptcy within 30 days. Also lower was Estee Lauder (EL), which declined nearly 6.5% after its quarterly guidance missed analysts' estimates. INDEXES: Near midday, The Dow was up 65.11, or 0.37%, to 17,542.51, the Nasdaq gained 34.73, or 0.69%, to 5,082.96, and the S&P 500 advanced 8.80, or 0.42%, to 2,101.03.
08:43 EDTBMYBristol-Myers sells Ixempra to R-PHARM, terms not disclosed
R-PHARM announces the acquisition of Ixempra from Bristol-Myers Squibb. Ixempra received marketing approval from the FDA in 2007 and in 18 other markets globally. Ixempra is indicated as monotherapy or in combination with capecitabine for the treatment of metastatic or locally advanced breast cancer in patients whose tumors are resistant or refractory to anthracyclines, taxanes, and capecitabine. With the acquisition, R-PHARM has launched its U.S. commercial operations, and it is now responsible for all activities surrounding Ixempra's manufacture, distribution, sales, and reimbursement. Financial terms were not disclosed.
06:01 EDTNVSAVEO Oncology announces license agreement with Novartis
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05:14 EDTRHHBYGenentech reports atezolizumab pivotal Phase II study met primary endpoint
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August 14, 2015
08:36 EDTPFEPfizer's pending Hospira acquisition approved by Canadian Competition Bureau
Pfizer (PFE) announced that it received approval from the Canadian Competition Bureau with respect to its pending acquisition of Hospira (HSP). As part of its agreement with the Canadian Competition Bureau, Pfizer has committed to divest certain assets in Canada. "We are pleased the Canadian Competition Bureau concluded its review of the transaction and approved the pending combination of Pfizer and Hospira," said Ian Read, chairman and CEO of Pfizer. "We continue to work cooperatively with the regulatory agencies to obtain the requisite approvals, and continue to expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2015."
08:35 EDTPFEHayman takes Mylan, Perrigo stakes, boasts exposure to energy
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08:26 EDTPFEPiper says Street $4B too low on Pfizer 2019 sales estimates
Piper Jaffray analyst Richard Purkiss believes the Street is underestimating Pfizer's 2019 sales by $4B. The consensus 2019 revenue estimate is $58.7B. Analysts are factoring in "overly conservative" growth assumptions for five of Pfizer's key brands, namely Prevnar, Ibrance, Xeljanz, Eliquis and Lyrica, Purkiss tells investors in a research note. Sentiment towards the stock will "improve meaningfully" as investors "wake up" to the sales turnaround from 2015, the analyst believes. Purkiss expects Pfizer's 36% discount to his $48 target price to close as sentiment improves and reiterates an Overweight rating on the pharma giant. The stock end yesterday's trading down 1c to $35.36.
07:02 EDTNVSPrima BioMed announces commencement of milestones for IMP701 program
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06:19 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline says NC plant meds safe from Legionnaires' bacteria, AP reports
GlaxoSmithKline said that the medications manufactured at its pharmaceutical plant in Zebulon, North Carolina are safe despite the company's decision to shut down the factory after the discovery of Legionnaires' bacteria, the Associated Press reports, citing an email from company spokeswoman Jenni Brewer Ligday. North Carolina health officials have said that no cases of Legionnaires' disease linked to the Glaxo plant have been reported, the report says. Reference Link
August 13, 2015
10:55 EDTMRKBMO upgrades Merck on Alzheimer's, lung cancer drug prospects
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10:00 EDTMRKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: A. Schulman (SHLM) upgraded to Buy from Accumulate at Global Hunter... American Capital Agency (AGNC) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Annaly Capital (NLY) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Compass Point... Aramark (ARMK) upgraded to Outperform at Baird... Bernstein upgrades Yahoo (YHOO), says shares pricing in 'almost' worst case scenario... BreitBurn Energy (BBEP) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at UBS... CAE (CAE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins... Capital One (COF) upgraded at Argus... Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) upgraded to Outperform from Underperform at CLSA... Community Health (CYH) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... EZchip (EZCH) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Brean Capital... Enzymotec (ENZY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Extra Space Storage (EXR) upgraded on positive catalysts at BMO Capital... Green Plains (GPRE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Legg Mason (LM) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Barclays... Lincoln National (LNC) upgraded to Overweight at Morgan Stanley... Merck (MRK) upgraded on improved pipeline outlook at BMO Capital... Microsoft (MSFT) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Stifel... Monster Beverage (MNST) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley... National Research (NRCIB) upgraded to Overweight from Equal-Weight at First Analysis... Qlik Technologies (QLIK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Spectra Energy Partners (SEP) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Yahoo (YHOO) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein.
08:33 EDTMRKMerck upgraded on improved pipeline outlook at BMO Capital
As noted earlier, BMO Capital upgraded Merck to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm has become more upbeat on the company's pipeline and predicts that upcoming data wil raise the Street's expectations for the company, leading to multiple expansion. The firm is impressed with the company's recent commercial execution and is upbeat on the company's near-term and long-term outlook. Target to $70 from $65.
08:16 EDTPFEPfizer receives approval from ACCC for pending acquisition of Hospira
Pfizer (PFE) announced that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has approved the company's pending acquisition of Hospira (HSP) and found no need for remedies. Completion of the transaction remains subject to the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, governmental and regulatory approvals in certain other jurisdictions and other usual and customary closing conditions. Pfizer continus to expect the transaction to close in the second half of 2015.
08:06 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Squibb, Otsuka receive FDA approval for Sprycel labeling
Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and Otsuka (OTSKY) America Pharmaceutical announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an update to the Sprycel product labeling. The labeling now includes five-year efficacy and safety data in adult patients with newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase and seven-year data in CP Ph+ CML patients who are resistant or intolerant to prior therapy, including Gleevec.
08:01 EDTMRKMerck, MD Anderon Cancer Center partner to evaluate Keytruda treatment
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06:29 EDTMRKMerck upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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06:16 EDTRHHBYRoche acquires GeneWEAVE to bolster offerings in microbiology diagnostics
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