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May 2, 2014
12:28 EDTOUTR, ECYT, AZN, SKX, MPEL, MRK, LNKD, WYNN, PFEOn 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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February 24, 2015
08:07 EDTPFEPfizer announces Trumenba studies met primary objectives
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05:17 EDTMRKMerck collaborates with Medicines Patent Pool to expand Raltegravir access
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February 23, 2015
12:53 EDTAZNAnalysts debate potential for competing Salix takeover bid
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08:27 EDTMRKNGM Biopharmaceuticals to hold a teleconference
NGM Biopharm discusses the strategic collaboration with Merck to discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapeutics on a teleconference to be held on February 23 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
07:55 EDTAZNJefferies says other bidders may emerge for Salix
Jefferies says it could envision other bidders emerging for Salix (SLXP) and points out recent media reports have suggested Shire (SHPG) and Endo (ENDP) have considered making a bid for the company. It lists AstraZeneca (AZN) and Takeda as others who could have possible interest in Salix. The firm believes Valeant (VRX) could afford to pay more for Salix should other bidders emerge.
07:46 EDTWYNNJPMorgan to hold a conference
Global High Yield & Leveraged Finance Conference is being held in Miami Beach, FL on February 23-25 with webcasted company presentations to begin on February 23 at 8:20 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted. Webcast Link
07:04 EDTMRKMerck, NGM Biopharmaceuticals announce multi-year collaboration
NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Merck announced they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to research, discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. This agreement will become effective upon the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The collaboration includes multiple drug candidates currently in preclinical development at NGM, including NP201, which is being evaluated for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NGM will lead the research and development of the existing preclinical candidates and have the autonomy to identify and pursue other discovery stage programs at its discretion. Merck will have the option to license all resulting NGM programs following human proof of concept trials. If Merck exercises this option, Merck will lead global product development and commercialization for the resulting products, if approved. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will make an upfront payment to NGM of $94M and will purchase a 15 percent equity stake in NGM for $106M at a price per share that represents a 20% premium to NGM’s most recent financing. Merck will commit up to $250M to fund all of NGM’s efforts under the initial five-year term of the collaboration, with the potential for additional funding if certain conditions are met. Prior to Merck initiating a Phase 3 study for a licensed program, NGM may elect to either receive milestone and royalty payments or, in certain cases, to co-fund development and participate in a global cost and revenue share arrangement of up to 50%. The agreement also provides NGM with the option to participate in the co-promotion of any co-funded program in the United States. Merck will have the option to extend the research agreement for two additional two-year terms.
February 20, 2015
10:33 EDTPFEBattleground update: AbbVie named top global pick at Jefferies
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10:31 EDTPFEPfizer announces FDA acceptance of NDA for Rapamune
Pfizer announced that the FDA has accepted for priority review a supplemental New Drug Application for RAPAMUNE for the treatment of lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a rare, progressive lung disease in women of childbearing age that is often fatal. With the Priority Review designation for the sNDA, Pfizer anticipates a decision in June of 2015 based on the anticipated Prescription Drug User Fee Act action date. The sNDA is based on results from the Multicenter International Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Efficacy and Safety of Sirolimus Trial. The MILES Trial included 89 LAM patients with moderate lung impairment who were randomized to receive RAPAMUNE or placebo for 12 months, followed by a 12 month observation period. In the trial, those treated with RAPAMUNE for one year experienced stabilization of lung function as measured by forced expiratory volume in one second.
09:47 EDTLNKDLinkedIn management to meet with Pacific Crest
Meetings to be held in the Midwest February 26-27 hosted by Pacific Crest.
07:23 EDTPFE, AZNAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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07:08 EDTAZN, MRKAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
18:25 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray biotech analyst to hold analyst/industry conference call
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14:49 EDTPFEWalgreens selected by Pfizer as one of pharmacies to dispense Ibrance
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13:31 EDTSKXSkechers jumps 3% to $68.18
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08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
07:12 EDTPFEWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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February 18, 2015
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09:37 EDTLNKDOption volume leaders on open
Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR CELG APO NFLX AXP APA LNKD C GILD according to Track Data.
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