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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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July 21, 2014
07:21 EDTMRKGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
06:43 EDTMRKGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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05:54 EDTMPELStocks with implied volatility movement; MPEL MCP
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July 18, 2014
12:59 EDTMPELMelco Crown July weekly & August calls active
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July 17, 2014
08:08 EDTPFEBristol-Myers, Pfizer announce enrollment in Phase IV EMANATE trial for Eliquis
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July 16, 2014
10:36 EDTPFE, AZNTreasury calls on Congress to halt inversion deals
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09:27 EDTPFEPfizer to acquire InnoPharma for upfront cash payment of $225M
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08:08 EDTLNKDOracle Social Cloud announces LinkedIn support for SRM platform
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08:01 EDTAZNAlexion names former AstraZeneca CEO David Brennan to board
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07:59 EDTPFE, AZNTreasury Secretary urges Congress to take action on tax inversions
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07:04 EDTPFEPfizer says primary endpoint met in Phase 3 study of BeneFIX
Pfizer announced the positive results of a Phase 3 study comparing a prophylaxis regimen of BeneFIX Coagulation Factor IX 100 IU/kg once-weekly to on-demand treatment in people with moderately severe to severe hemophilia B. The top-line results of the study showed that the primary study endpoint was met and hemophilia B patients taking once-weekly BeneFIX showed a statistically significant reduction in the annualized bleeding rate relative to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In the study, the median ABR value, a commonly used measure of efficacy for prophylaxis regimens in hemophilia, was 2.0 for the prophylaxis regimen, compared to 33.6 for the on-demand regimen, representing a 94% decrease in bleeding rates. The mean ABR value was 3.6 for the prophylaxis period, compared to 32.9 for the on-demand treatment, which represents a reduction of 89%. Study results also showed that prophylaxis treatment significantly reduced both spontaneous and traumatic ABR compared to on-demand treatment with BeneFIX. In addition to meeting the primary endpoint, the secondary study endpoints showed that none of the 1,254 prophylaxis infusions administered during the study were associated with a less than expected therapeutic effect occurrence, which was defined as a spontaneous bleed occurring within 48 hours of a prophylaxis infusion. These results are preliminary, top-line data and are subject to additional analyses. Complete results from this study will be submitted for presentation at upcoming medical congresses and submitted for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.
06:26 EDTMRKBristol-Myers lung cancer trials being underestimated, says Citigroup
After building a statistical model of Bristol-Myers' two critical registration trials for Opdivo in lung cancer, Citigroup believes the market is "materially" underestimating both Phase III trials. Citi says potential Opdivo FDA approval in 2015 in lung cancer would give Bristol-Myers an up to two year lead time versus Merck (MRK) and Roche (RHHBY). The firm estimates 2023 Opdivo revenue at $7B and reiterates a Buy rating on Bristol with a $60 price target.
05:58 EDTOUTROuterwall risk/reward favorable at current levels, says Piper Jaffray
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July 15, 2014
11:13 EDTMRKPerrigo retreats after analyst sees limited potential buyers
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10:33 EDTLNKDFacebook, Twitter slip following cautious valuation comments from Fed
Shares of a number of companies in the social media and biotech industries moved lower following the circulation of cautious comments about their stock valuations that were included in the Federal Reserve's latest Monetary Policy Report. WHAT'S NEW: In the report, presented by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve and signed on behalf of the governors by Chair Janet Yellen, the central bank wrote that some broad equity price indexes have increased to all-time highs in nominal terms since the end of 2013, but that valuation measures for the overall market in early July were "generally at levels not far above their historical averages." However, the Fed's report also cautioned that valuation metrics in some sectors do appear substantially "stretched," particularly those for smaller firms in the social media and biotechnology industries, despite a notable downturn in equity prices for such firms early in the year. As support for its assessment, the Fed noted that ratios of prices to forward earnings for "smaller firms as well as social media and biotechnology firms" remain "high relative to historical norms." PRICE ACTION: Following the circulation of the comments in the Fed report, shares of Facebook (FB) are down 88c, or 1.3%, to $67.02, Twitter (TWTR) is down 24c, or 0.6%, to $38.07 and LinkedIn (LNKD), is down 21c, or 0.1%, to $159.57. Shares of some biotechnology companies including Celgene (CELG) and Amgen (AMGN) also ticked lower following the circulation of the comments from the Fed's report.
10:18 EDTLNKDFacebook, Twitter move lower following comments from Yellen
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08:11 EDTMRKMerck looks to revive livestock drug Zilmax, WSJ says
Merck has been preparing to conduct a large-scale study this summer to evaluate the safety of its Zilmax feed additive, which the company pulled from the U.S. market last year over concerns in the beef industry that the drug made it difficult for some animals to walk, reported The Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
07:35 EDTMRKPerrigo potential buyers list could be limited, says Jefferies
After Globes reported that Perrigo retained an investment bank to assist with a potential merger, Jefferies says the list of potential buyers could be limited since the store brand business is fundamentally a high volume, lower margin model. The firm notes U.S. companies that currently do not have large over-the-counter divisions include Bristol-Myers (BMY), Eli Lilly (LLY) and Merck (MRK). Jefferies views the merger speculation surrounding Perrigo as not surprising given the company's strong long-term fundamentals and attractive Irish domicile. It has a Buy rating on the stock with a $160 price target.
July 14, 2014
14:04 EDTWYNNNJ reports Atlantic City June gaming win $236M
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09:46 EDTLNKDLinkedIn acquires Newsle; Terms not announced
In a blog post, LinkedIn announced that it has acquired Newsle, a machine learning startup that specializes in disambiguation, natural language processing. he terms of the acquisition were not announced, but LinkedIn says that Newsle will continue to operate as a standalone product for the time being. Reference Link
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