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April 28, 2014
13:03 EDTETP, OGXI, SUSS, ATHX, FRX, FURX, TWC, BAC, AZN, SI, CMCSA, BMY, GE, CHTR, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday amid news of a number of completed, contemplated and rejected merger and acquisition deals, highlighted by a potential blockbuster in the pharmaceutical industry. The averages opened higher though have turned mixed by midday, with the Dow leading and the Nasdaq lagging. Shares of Bank of America (BAC) have weighed on the banking sector after the company suspended its capital plans in order to boost its regulatory capital amounts and ratios after finding errors in the data the bank had previously submitted to the Federal Reserve. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the National Association of Realtors' pending home sales index rose 3.4% to 97.4 in March, topping expectations for a more modest 1.0% advance from the prior month. Also, the U.S. and Europe imposed more sanctions against Russia over its alleged intervention in Ukraine. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of U.K.-based drugmaker AstraZeneca (AZN) surged 13% after Pfizer (PFE) confirmed it proposed to buy its peer for nearly $100B in cash and stock. AstraZeneca revealed that its board concluded that the proposal "very significantly" undervalued the company and Pfizer said it is currently considering its next steps, but would still like to pursue some kind of mutually beneficial deal. Analysts at Jefferies said they expect Pfizer to up its bid for AstraZeneca and believe Astra will see "significant additional pressure" to engage in merger talks now that Pfizer has come public. The firm views Bristol-Myers (BMY) as another takeover option for Pfizer, but notes such a deal does not offer the tax incentives that AstraZeneca provides... Charter (CHTR) rose almost 6% after striking a deal to acquire approximately 1.4M existing Time Warner Cable (TWC) subscribers after that company completes its previously announced merger with Comcast (CMCSA). In addition, Charter will form a new holding company that will own 100% of Charter and acquire an approximate 33% stake in a new publicly-traded cable provider to be spun-off by Comcast serving approximately 2.5M customers... After General Electric (GE) made an offer to purchase the energy assets of France's Alstom (ALSMY), German industrial conglomerate Siemens (SI) confirmed it will convene "as soon as possible" after have the opportunity to meet with France's president and other high-ranking French political leaders to decide how to proceed with a competing offer... Shares of Bank of America fell more than 5% after the bank lowered its previously disclosed regulatory capital amounts and ratios due to a newly discovered accounting error, after which the Federal Reserve Board directed the company to resubmit its requested capital actions. At the Fedís request, the company has suspended its previously announced 2014 capital actions, including the $4.0B common stock repurchase authorization and the planned increase in the quarterly common stock dividend to 5c per share from 1c. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers were two other companies that did agree to be acquired. Susser Holdings (SUSS) rose 36% after reaching a deal to be bought by Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) in a unit and cash transaction valued at a total consideration of approximately $1.8B, while Furiex Pharmaceuticals (FURX) jumped 30% after agreeing to be purchased by Forest Laboratories (FRX) for $95 per share and up to $30 per share in a contingent value right based on the success of a particular drug candidate. Among the noteworthy losers was Athersys (ATHX), which plunged 56% after its MultiStem therapy failed to show meaningful benefit in a phase 2 clinical study. Also lower following its own disappointing news from a drug trial was OncoGenex Pharmaceuticals (OGXI), which fell 55% after top-line results indicated its therapy did not result in a statistically significant improvement in overall survival in men with a certain type of prostate cancer. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 45.51, or 0.28%, to 16,406.97, the Nasdaq was down 32.15, or 0.79%, to 4,043.41, and the S&P 500 was down 0.96, or 0.05%, to 1,862.44.
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08:09 EDTPFEPfizer, Merck KGaA finalize agreement to co-promote XALKORI
Merck KGaA (MKGAY) and Pfizer (PFE) announced the finalization of the co-promotion agreement allowing the companies to co-promote Pfizerís anaplastic lymphoma kinase inhibitor XALKORI. Under the agreement, XALKORI will be co-promoted in two waves, the first of which will begin in the second and third quarters of 2015 in the United States, Canada, Japan and five European Union countries: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. In the U.S. and Canada, XALKORI will be co-promoted by EMD Serono, the U.S. and Canadian biopharmaceutical businesses of Merck KGaA. The second wave will begin in 2016 and includes China and Turkey. n 2015, Merck KGaA will receive a reimbursement associated with its promotion of XALKORI, followed by an 80% for Pfizer, 20% for Merck KGaA profit sharing on the product starting in 2016. The co-promotion term will last through December 31, 2020 for the U.S., Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the U.K. and from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2021 in China and Turkey. Pfizer will report the sales of XALKORI in countries where it is co-promoted with Merck KGaA.
08:07 EDTCMCSAComcast expands fiber network throughout Denver metro area
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07:16 EDTBACRising competition may make AmEx targets hard to achieve, WSJ says
Though American Express recently reaffirmed its long-term targets for growing revenue 8% per year or better and earnings per share by 12%-15% per year while increasing operating expenses by less than 3% per year, there are good reasons to be skeptical about its ability to hit those targets, according to The Wall Street Journal's "Heard on the Street" column. Competition from peer Visa (V) as well as big banks such as Citi (C) and Bank of America (BAC) may put pressure on AmExís margins and it is not safe to assume that the company will always fare as well on the Fed's stress tests as it just did, the report stated. Reference Link
07:14 EDTAZN, BMY, PFEEyeforpharma to hold a summit
Philadelphia 2015 Commercial Pharma Summit is being held in Philadelphia on April 7-8.
07:02 EDTPFEGlycoMimetics updates on Pfizer's plans to initiate Phase 3 Rivipansel trial
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April 6, 2015
16:17 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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14:04 EDTCMCSAIMAX says Universal's Furious 7 grosses $20.8M in IMAX theatres
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12:44 EDTBMYOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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12:13 EDTBMYuniQure price target raised to $40 from $35 at Piper Jaffray
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10:37 EDTPFETargacept says Pfizer terminates research & license agreement with Catalyst
In a regulatory filing from earlier, Targacept (TRGT) said: "As previously reported, on March 5, Targacept, Talos Merger Sub, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of Targacept and Catalyst Biosciences, entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger, pursuant to which, among other things, subject to the satisfaction or waiver of the conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub will merge with and into Catalyst, with Catalyst becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of Targacept and the surviving corporation of the merger. On April 1, Catalyst notified Targacept that Pfizer (PFE) would be exercising its right to terminate in its entirety the June 29, 2009, research and license agreement between Catalyst and Wyeth, which governs the development and commercialization of Catalystís leading human Factor VIIa product candidate for the treatment of hemophilia and surgical bleeding indications. On April 2, Pfizer provided Catalyst with its formal written notice of termination of the research and license agreement. Upon the June 1, effective date of the termination, the license and certain rights under the research and license agreement will terminate and revert to Catalyst. Catalyst has informed Targacept that Pfizer is committed to an orderly transfer of data, regulatory documentation and related technology under the agreement to Catalyst to enable Catalyst to continue the clinical development of this product candidate. Targacept is currently reviewing the implications of this event on the proposed Merger. In morning trading shares of Targacept are down almost 12% to $2.51.
10:01 EDTCMCSAWeather Channel's core buiness facing 'major' threat, WSJ reports
The Weather Channel, which is owned by a consortium made up of NBCUniversal (CMCSA) and private equity firms Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group (BX), was dropped last month from Verizon's (VZ) FiOS TV service, and now the channel's backers are preparing for the possibility of being dropped by Dish Network (DISH), sources tell The Wall Street Journal. Though The Weather Channel is facing a "major" threat to its core business, the fees it collects from the pay-TV providers, the sources say that no formal sale by the company's owners is under way. Reference Link
09:31 EDTCMCSAComcast Business to expand Ethernet in East Bay with $2M fiber extension
Comcast Business announced an expansion of its multi-gigabit Ethernet service to three business parks in the Northern California towns of Pleasanton, Hayward and Fremont. The high-speed fiber-based network build outs together total close to $2M in investment by Comcast in the East Bay, making available reliable Internet speeds to the more than 1,500 businesses in the community by offering reliable Internet speeds up to 20 times faster than traditional 1.5 Mbps DSL or T-1 service.
08:13 EDTBMYCelldex announces initiation of Phase 1/2 study of Varlilumab combination
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07:33 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces strategic collaboration with uniQure
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April 5, 2015
18:47 EDTGEPart of GE Louisville facility catches fire, Reuters says
A section of General Electric's Louisville, Kentucky facility used for warehousing and offices caught fire on Friday, says Reuters. A company spokesperson said "The fire at GE Appliance Park has been contained," and there were no injuries from the incident, added Reuters. Reference Link
18:34 EDTCMCSAComcast's 'Furious 7' leads at weekend box office with $143.6M
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