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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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September 5, 2014
08:39 EDTMRKMerck Keytruda sales to reach $5B in 2018, says BMO Capital
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07:27 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts downgraded to Hold from Buy at Argus
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September 4, 2014
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
16:05 EDTPFEPfizer granted orphan status for sickle cell disease drug
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15:16 EDTMRKMerck receives accelerated approval of Keytruda
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09:02 EDTMRKMerck's relebactam granted QIDP, fast track designations by FDA
Merck announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has designated relebactam -- previously known as MK-7655 -- the company’s investigational beta-lactamase inhibitor, as a Qualified Infectious Disease Product with designated Fast Track status. The QIDP and Fast Track designations apply to intravenous use of relebactam for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections, complicated intra-abdominal infections and hospital-acquired bacterial pneumonia/ventilator-associated bacterial pneumonia. Relebactam is an investigational, class A and C, beta-lactamase inhibitor that is being evaluated in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in ongoing Phase 2 clinical trials for the treatment of complicated urinary tract infections and complicated intra-abdominal infections. In preclinical studies, relebactam administered in combination with imipenem/cilastatin demonstrated antibacterial activity against a broad range of Gram-negative and beta-lactam-resistant pathogens. Merck plans to initiate Phase 3 studies with relebactam in combination with imipenem/cilastatin in 2015.
07:41 EDTSKXSkechers initiated with a Buy at Wunderlich
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07:23 EDTPFE, AZNAstraZeneca 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
07:21 EDTMRKMedidata can obtain major new platform customers, says Stifel
Noting that Medidata (MDSO) partners with Veeva, Stifel believes that a number of Veeva (VEEV) customers could become Medidata platform customers, especially if they already use Medidata for R&D and clinical trial solutions. The firm identifies Merck (MRK), Gilead (GILD), and Teva (TEVA) as companies that may become platform clients for Medidata. Stifel keeps a $55 price target and Buy rating on Medidata.
September 3, 2014
17:25 EDTMRKMerck management to meet with SunTrust
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11:30 EDTPFEPfizer has conference call hosted by Bernstein
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09:21 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts' Q3 revenues trending below consensus, says ITG Research
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06:50 EDTLNKDLinkedIn examines censorship rules in China, Bloomberg says
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05:44 EDTAZNTeva announces positive judgement in patent case against AstraZeneca
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September 2, 2014
15:04 EDTWYNNWynn Resorts breaks important support, levels to watch
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14:16 EDTWYNN, MPELMacau casinos retreat after revenue downturn accelerates
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09:41 EDTWYNNActive equity options trading on open
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09:07 EDTLNKDLinkedIn price target raised to $250 from $225 at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill raised LinkedIn's price target to $250 based on expected 2H catalysts that include ongoing new product investments, international expansion, and margin growth. Shares are Buy rated.
07:02 EDTWYNN, MPELMacau reports August casino revenue down 6.1% to 28.88B patacas
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06:45 EDTAZNAstraZeneca volatility elevated
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