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May 2, 2014
12:28 EDTAZN, PFE, MRK, ECYT, WYNN, MPEL, OUTR, LNKD, SKXOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed near noon, with Dow serving as the only major index in the red, after a better-than-expected jobs report was contrasted by headlines indicating rising tensions in Ukraine. The U.S. jobs reported showed the world's largest economy added 288,000 jobs in April, but amid unrest in Ukraine, U.S. Treasury bonds have continued their recent rally as investors trend towards risk-off positioning. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., April Nonfarm Payrolls grew by 288,000, topping economists' expectations for a gain of 215,000 jobs, taking the unemployment rate down to 6.3% from 6.7%, also beating expectations for a 6.6% reading. The U.S. jobs report showed that average hours worked and average hourly wages were flat when compared to the prior month. March factory orders grew up 1.1%, which was lower than the 1.5% reading expected by economists, and lower than the prior reading of 1.6%. In Europe, the manufacturing PMI in the Euro area increased to 53.4 in April from 53.0 in March, which was a slightly better than expected increase. COMPANY NEWS: AstraZeneca (AZN) rejected the latest buyout proposal from Pfizer (PFE), which increased its offer for the British drugmaker to $84.47 per share, or about $106B. In rejecting Pfizer's offer, AstraZeneca said the bid "substantially" undervalued the company, adding that the board had no hesitation in rejecting the proposal. This bid represents the second bid from Pfizer rejected by AstraZeneca within a week, and shares of Pfizer fell about 1.5% after the news. U.S.-listed shares of AstraZeneca were unchanged near noon... Also in the pharmaceutical space, Merck (MRK) and Endocyte (ECYT) announced that the safety board monitoring their Phase 3 PROCEED trial of their ovarian cancer drug candidate vintafolide recommended stopping the trial due to futility. Endocyte said that after completing the trial, Merck will be responsible for the development of vintafolide going forward, and shares of Endoctye were down about 60% near noon, while shares of Merck were down 2.5%. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Wynn Resorts (WYNN), up 6% near noon after last night reporting earnings and revenue that topped expectations, with its revenue in Macau growing 14%. Shares of several casino peers, notably Melco Crown (MPEL), which operates casinos based in Macau, climbed following Wynn's report. Also higher was Redbox operator Outerwall (OUTR), up 6.5% after its fiscal 2014 outlook topped expectations. Among the noteworthy losers was professional networking site LinkedIn (LNKD), down about 5% after last night giving second quarter and fiscal 2014 revenue outlooks that disappointed. Also lower was Skechers (SKX), down 4% near noon after announcing plans to explore acquiring an interest in the Los Angeles Clippers. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 14.32, or 0.09%, to 16,544.55, the S&P 500 was up 0.91, or 0.05%, to 1,884.59, and the Nasdaq was up 6.76, or 0.16%, to 4,134.21.
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October 22, 2014
16:30 EDTSKXSkechers sees momentum carrying into 2015
The company said, "The continuous record revenue quarters in 2014 and the strong growth in all of our key business segments is evidence of the relevancy and demand for Skechers footwear worldwide. The more than 50 percent increase in our backlogs at the end of September and the strong sales during the first few weeks of October give us confidence that the momentum we are experiencing now will continue for the remainder of the year and into 2015. We are continuing our retail expansion and plan to open an additional 10 to 15 Company-owned Skechers stores before the end of the year, in addition to the 22 that opened in the third quarter and the five that have already opened this month. We also plan to open another 35 to 45 Skechers stores through our international distributor and franchise partners before the end of the year—which will bring us to the 1,000 store milestone. We are also improving our international efficiencies with the opening of a new distribution facility in Chile in the third quarter and the completion of phase one of the automation of our European Distribution Center in Belgium in the fourth quarter. With our relevant product and advertising, market share gain, and solid financial position, including, $440.8 million in cash, the Company is well positioned for continued growth. Though the fourth quarter is historically our smallest sales quarter for our international division, we remain comfortable with the analysts’ current consensus for both revenue and earnings. Given the strength of our backlogs for the first quarter of 2015, we anticipate top-line growth to be 15 to 20 percent.”
16:07 EDTSKXSkechers reports Q3 EPS $1.00, consensus 93c
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07:35 EDTMRK, AZNCardiometabolic Health Congress to hold annual meeting
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October 21, 2014
15:35 EDTWYNNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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07:15 EDTPFE, AZNFDA to hold workshop on breast cancer drug development
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07:06 EDTPFEFierce Biotech to hold a breakfast meeting
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06:10 EDTAZNInovio, MedImmune, UPENN awarded $12.2M collaborative study by DARPA
Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO) announced the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has awarded $12.2M for a collaborative study that will be conducted by scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania; Inovio Pharmaceuticals; and MedImmune, the global biologics research and development arm of AstraZeneca (AZN). The group will develop DNA-based monoclonal antibodies, or mAbs, for infectious disease treatment. DARPA is an agency of the US Department of Defense that creates and supports novel technologies important for national security. Together, the three organizations will develop and assess the DNA mAbs in preclinical studies using technology developed by Penn and licensed by Inovio. The collaboration will focus on three disease areas – influenza virus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus.
October 20, 2014
08:06 EDTMRKMerck, Sanofi unit announce pediatric hexavalent vaccine BLA
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07:47 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:34 EDTMRKAdvaxis names Mauro Chief Medical Officer
Advaxis (ADXS) announced that it has appointed David Mauro, as executive vice president, Chief Medical Officer Mauro most recently served as executive director, section head oncology clinical development at Merck (MRK). In connection with his appointment, Mauro received a one-time inducement award of 165K restricted shares, of which 55K are fully vested and as of the grant date. The remaining shares vest annually over a two-year period.
07:19 EDTAZN, MRKIBC Life Sciences to hold a conference
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07:15 EDTPFEAmerican Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry to hold annual meeting
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07:14 EDTAZNEuropean College of Neuropsychopharmacology to hold a conference
27th ECNP Congress is being held in Berlin, Germany on October 18-21.
07:12 EDTPFECongress of Neurological Surgeons to hold annual meeting
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07:11 EDTPFE, MRKAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
07:10 EDTPFEAmerican Society of Human Genetics to hold annual meeting
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05:50 EDTOUTROuterwall risk/reward favorable at current levels, says Piper Jaffray
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October 17, 2014
16:41 EDTPFEPfizer confirms FDA labeling approval for EMBEDA capsules
Pfizer announced that the FDA has approved an updated label for EMBEDA extended-release capsules, for oral use to include abuse-deterrence studies. The updated label states that EMBEDA has properties that are expected to reduce abuse via the oral and intranasal routes when crushed. However, abuse of EMBEDA by these routes is still possible. The updated label also includes data from a human abuse potential study of intravenous, or IV, morphine and naltrexone to simulate crushed EMBEDA. However, it is unknown whether the results with simulated crushed EMBEDA predict a reduction in abuse by the IV route until additional postmarketing data are available. EMBEDA is indicated for the management of pain severe enough to require daily, around-the-clock, long-term opioid treatment and for which alternative treatment options are inadequate. Pfizer expects EMBEDA will be available in the U.S. in early 2015.
16:30 EDTPFEFDA approves new labeling from Embeda extended-release capsules
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07:58 EDTMRKDeutsche Bank specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
Specialty Pharmaceuticals Analyst Gilbert provides of preview of The Improved Reduction of Outcomes: Vytorin Efficacy Internal Study (IMPROVE-IT) on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 17 at 10 am.
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