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March 28, 2014
06:57 EDTRHHBY, NVS, PFE, SNY, MRK, JNJ, GSK, BMY, LLY, AZNBaxter 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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January 21, 2015
10:26 EDTNVSHigh option volume stocks
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10:16 EDTMRK, SNY, LLY, AZN, JNJ, BMYLeerink biopharma analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Analyst Fernandez, along with Dr. Paul Gurbel and Dr. Richard Becker, discuss AstraZeneca's PEGASUS trial and the current use of Brilinta and dual antiplatelet therapy for prevention of CV disease and implications of the recently completed DAPT trial on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on January 21 at 1:30 pm.
09:02 EDTRHHBYRoche's Ventana seeks FDA premarket approval for ALK IHC lung cancer assay
Roche Group member Ventana Medical Systems announced its FDA submission for premarket approval of the Ventana ALK CDx Assay. The companion diagnostic immunohistochemistry test is designed to identify ALK1-positive lung cancer patients that may benefit from treatment with targeted therapy that inhibits the ALK gene. This submission was the fourth and final module and application required by the FDA's PMA process.
08:02 EDTMRKMerck completes tender offer to acquire Cubist
Merck (MRK) announced the successful completion of the tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist Pharmaceuticals (CBST) at a purchase price of $102.00 per share. As of the tender offer expiration yesterday, 58,039,667 shares of common stock of Cubist were validly tendered and not properly withdrawn from the tender offer, representing approximately 75.7% of the outstanding common stock of Cubist on a fully diluted basis. All of such shares have been accepted for payment in accordance with the terms of the tender offer, and Merck expects to promptly pay for all such shares. Following consummation of the tender offer, Merck expects to complete the acquisition of Cubist later today through a merger of Merck’s wholly owned subsidiary with and into Cubist without stockholder approval. Upon completion of the merger, all outstanding shares of common stock of Cubist, other than shares held by Cubist in treasury or shares held by Cubist’s stockholders who are entitled to and properly exercise appraisal rights under Delaware law, will be canceled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the $102.00 offer price per share without interest, less any applicable withholding taxes. In addition, upon completion of the merger, Cubist will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Merck and the common stock of Cubist will cease to be traded on the NASDAQ Stock Market.
January 20, 2015
17:18 EDTMRKDana Holding to replace Cubist in S&P 400 as of 1/22 close
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16:34 EDTBMYBristol-Myers appoints Giovanni Caforio CEO
Bristol-Myers Squibb announced a number of leadership changes approved by its board of directors and effective at the close of the annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May. Giovanni Caforio, M.D. will become CEO of the company. Lamberto Andreotti will become executive chairman of the board of directors on May 5 and will continue to serve as chairman after his retirement on August 3. James M. Cornelius, 71, has chosen not to stand for re-election as non-executive chairman and will retire from the board. Togo D. West, Jr., 72, will become the lead independent director on the company’s board.
16:23 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks began the session in positive territory, but the major averages were unable to hold their early gains. Lackluster earnings reports, the falling price of oil, and lowered global growth expectations appeared to be too much to overcome after a three day holiday weekend. The Dow led the way lower and had losses of more than 100 points before reversing and slowly paring its losses. Late in the day the averages made it back to positive ground, as investors await the next round of earnings due out after the close. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the NAHB homebuilder sentiment index fell to 57 in January, missing expectations for it to hold steady at 58. In China, Q4 GDP growth of 7.3% came in slightly better than expected, though that puts the nation's 2014 GDP growth at 7.4%, which was the lowest reported in 24 years. Of note, the International Monetary Fund cut its forecast for global growth in 2015 to 3.5% and in 2016 to 3.7%, which were both revised down by 0.3% relative to the organization's October 2014 outlook. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) led all decliners on the Dow Jones Industrial Average with a drop of $2.75, or 2.64%, to $101.29 after its Q4 earnings were nearly in-line and its FY15 outlook failed to spur buying of the stock... Morgan Stanley (MS) declined 14c, or 0.4%, to $34.75 after the firm became the latest in the financial space to report headline earnings that missed expectations. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Smith & Wesson (SWHC), which rose $1.65, or 16.47%, to $11.67 after the gunmaker increased its financial guidance and said it has seen recent, positive trends in the primary indicators it uses to assess its business and the consumer firearm market. Also higher was Orbitz Worldwide (OWW), which jumped 79c, or 8.62%, to $9.95 after Bloomberg reported that the online travel agency is working with an adviser to contact potential buyers and has drawn interest from private-equity funds and "other Internet companies." Among the noteworthy losers was FXCM (FXCM), which plunged $11.03, or 87.33%, to $1.60 after the stock reopened following the company struck a $300M rescue agreement with Leucadia (LUK) and gave further details on that deal over the weekend. Also lower were shares of Redbox owner Outerwall (OUTR), which fell $15.72, or 20.21%, to $62.05 after the company announced that its CEO had stepped down. INDEXES: The Dow rose 3.66, or 0.02%, to 17,515.23, the Nasdaq gained 20.46, or 0.44%, to 4,654.85, and the S&P 500 advanced 3.13, or 0.15%, to 2,022.55.
16:00 EDTJNJOptions Update; January 20, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 36c to 35.12 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR GILD NFLX MGM ABX AMAT JNJ C according to Track Data.
13:08 EDTJNJOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:33 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson falls post-earnings, levels to watch
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09:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson says eyeing options in orthopedics, surgical, vision care
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09:21 EDTJNJJ&J says negative impact of currency to be 'more significant' than expected
Says currency impact will be more significant in 1H than in 2H.
09:20 EDTJNJJ&J says 'comfortable' with models reflecting midpoint of FY EPS view
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09:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 reported sales $75B-$76B
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09:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson CEO says core businesses 'strong'
Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) providing sustainable, high quality healthcare "one of society's greatest challenges." Says core businesses "strong," positioned to continue expanding their leadership positions. CEO Alex Gorsky says company is changing the way it interacts with customers, evolving to be more "effective," "efficient." Says U.S. OTC consent decree requirements completed. Says in the process of developing a China lung center. Says still plans to take $1B out of P&L in next three years. Says aims to bring Ebola vaccine to market "as fast as possible." Says "well-positioned" for long-term. Says currency headwinds have increased "quite substantially," negatively impacting sales, earnings to greater extent than company had anticipated. Sees Depomed (DEPO) transaction closing in Q2. Expects R&D tax credit will be renewed in 2015. If R&D tax credit is approved, sees effective tax rate for 2015 of approx. 20%-21%. Sees operational sales growth for 2015 approx. 6%. Says Wall Street forecasts may not adequately reflect likely negative impact in 2015 of foreign exchange. Sees FY15 operational sales growth 1%-2% in constant currency. Comments made on the Q4 earnings conference call.
08:18 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees 10 major Pharmaceuticals filings from 2013-2017
Sees 10 major filings, 25 line extensions in Pharmaceuticals expected between 2013-2017. Sees about 100 ongoing discovery projects, 50 novel compounds in early development, 5 breakthrough designations. Sees 30 major Medical Devices filings expected from 2014-2016, 20 key Consumer product launches expected global in 2015. Says near-term priorities include: Accelerating growth in Medical Devices through innovation, expanding market leadership in key consumer segments like OTC, Oral Care, Baby and Beauty. Comments from slides that will be presented on the Q4 earnings conference call.
07:52 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 Pharmaceutical sales $8B
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07:48 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson sees FY15 adjusted EPS $6.12-$6.27, consensus $6.13
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07:46 EDTJNJJohnson & Johnson reports Q4 EPS ex-items $1.27, consensus $1.26
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07:23 EDTMRKMerck funding testing of lower dosages of Zilmax, Reuters reports
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