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April 21, 2014
HIGHER: Sarepta (SRPT), up 54% after announcing plans to to submit NDA for Eteplirsen by year end 2014. Shares of Prosnesa (RNA), another drugmaker working on a competing DMD drug, are up more than 12%... AstraZeneca (AZN), up 6% after the Sunday Times says that Pfizer (PFE) is considering a takeover bid for the company. Pfizer is up 1.2% following the report... Newmont Mining (NEM), up 8% after WSJ says the company and Barrick Gold (ABX) could resume merger talks as soon as today... Cbeyond (CBEY), up 39% after agreeing to be acquired for about $323M by Birch Communications... Momenta Pharma (MNTA), up 10.5% after the Supreme Court rejected Teva's (TEVA) bid to delay generic Copaxone... Nu Skin (NUS), up 5% after saying its China division will resume corporate-hosted business meetings... Micron (MU), up 4% after price target raised at Drexel Hamilton... DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Acacia Research (ACTG), down 6%... athenahealth (ATHN), down 5.6%.
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November 16, 2015
09:59 EDTPFEOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
09:37 EDTMUActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB ORCL BAC SUNE FDX FCX EXPE NFLX MU AMZN INTC TSLA
08:32 EDTAZNClovis reopens, down 64% after FDA requests added data for rociletinib
AstraZeneca (AZN), which is at work on a drug similar to rociletinib, is up 2.5% in pre-market trading.
07:16 EDTSRPTFDA likely feels compelled to approve at least one DMD drug, says Leerink
Leerink analyst Joseph Schwartz says the FDA likely feels compelled to approve at least one of the exon skipping drugs to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in this review cycle. There is so much public attention and vocal demand in the DMD community, Schwartz tells investors in a research note. The FDA advisory panel on BioMarin's (BMRN) drisapersen is on November 24 while the panel on Sarepta's (SRPT) eteplirsen is tentatively scheduled for January 22, 2016. The greatest likelihood is that both drugs are approved, Schwartz contends. Shares of BioMarin have "significant" upside potential on a positive panel vote as many investors still doubt that drisapersen is approvable based on existing data, and approval would "greatly aid" the company's goal to reach profitability, the analyst argues. He reiterates an Outperform rating on BioMarin and a Market Perform rating on Sarepta. Jefferies analyst Eun Yang said on Friday that regulatory experts she spoke with see a high likelihood of a positive FDA panel vote BioMarin.
06:33 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan deal brings focus on U.S. tax-inversion deals, Reuters says
Pfizer's (PFE) takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) has refocused financial markets over a potential move by the U.S. Treasury Department against tax-inversion deals, Reuters reported Friday. The outlook for such a move remained unclear on Friday, the report says. Reference Link
05:57 EDTMUDRAMeXchange: Q3 Mobile DRAM sales rise 18%, DigiTimes says
Mobile DRAM revenue in Q3 was up 18% sequentially to $4.55B, reports DigiTimes. According to DRAMeXchange, SK Hynix made the largest contribution to the growth with revenues surging 30.5% to $1.2B while Samsung remained the largest DRAM supplier with revenue increasing 16.5% to $2.58B. Samsung continued to hold a more than 50% share of the global mobile DRAM market in the quarter. Reference Link
05:57 EDTAZNAstraZeneca urges UK for antibiotics investment shake-up, Financial Time says
AstraZeneca has urged the U.K. government to develop a new model for incentivizing investment in antibiotics, reports the Financial Times. In a letter to the Financial Times, the company said it has joined other "leading voices" in the life sciences sectory to implore Britain to go ahead with a new system rather than waiting for an international agreement. The company said a new payment model was needed that would reward companies' investments but without encouraging the over-use of antibiotics. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
18:13 EDTPFEAllergan, Pfizer targeting late November merger deal, FT says
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November 13, 2015
15:32 EDTSRPTSarepta CEO says having BioMarin go first with AdCom is an advantage
Sarepta (SRPT) interim CEO Edward Kaye said BioMarin (BMRN) having to go first with its advisory committee meeting for its own DMD drug will allow Sarepta time to assess the committee's comments and questions on their drug and formulate responses. Kaye is speaking on CNBC.
13:57 EDTPFEAppeals court vacates decision invalidating Medicines Co. Angiomax patents
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11:12 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer profiting from Allergan deal, worth $50/share even without one
An acquisition of Allergan (AGN) by Pfizer (PFE) would increase the latter company's profits in 2016-2017 and lift its earnings by a large amount by 2019, wrote research firm Piper Jaffray in a note to investors today. WHAT'S NEW: By 2019, an acquisition of Allergan would increase Pfizer's earnings per share by 13%-16%, estimated Piper analyst Richard Purkiss. The deal would be profitable for Pfizer as early as 2016, the analyst believes. Excluding any acquisition, Pfizer is worth over $50 per share, well above analysts' average price target of $40, Purkiss believes. He kept a $52 price target and Overweight rating on Pfizer. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Yesterday dealReporter, noting that an acquisition of Allergan by Pfizer would be "a giant inversion deal," asserted that the U.S. Treasury could look to take steps to limit or discourage those types of transactions. On November 6, research firm Bernstein said that Allergan's strong results, coupled with the weakness of drug stocks, could cause Allergan to be reluctant to sell itself to Pfizer in the near-term. As a result, the firm thinks that the odds of a deal getting done may be lower than many believe. It kept a $385 price target and Outperform rating on Allergan. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Pfizer rose fractionally to $33.47 and Allergan added 1.3% to $303.87.
10:49 EDTTEVAMylan jumps, Perrigo plunges after hostile takeover bid fails
Shares of Mylan (MYL) jumped after the company's offer to acquire Perrigo (PRGO) failed. Perrigo shares fell after the news. WHAT'S NEW: Mylan's approximately $26B hostile takeover offer for Perrigo officially fell through Friday morning, ending a seven-month ordeal between the two companies. Mylan said that only about 40% of Perrigo's shares were tendered by the company's stockholders, falling short of the 50% required for an acquisition, forcing the offer to lapse after failing to meet its goal by the established deadline. In response to the news, Perrigo Chief Executive Officer Joseph Papa said he was "delighted" that his company's shareholders rejected the offer. "We have said all along that this offer from Mylan was a bad deal for our shareholders, as it significantly undervalued our durable business model and industry-leading future growth prospects," Papa said. Perrigo added that it will immediately commence its previously announced $2B share buyback and that it intends to complete $500M of the planned repurchase by the end of the year. WHAT'S NOTABLE: On July 27, Teva (TEVA) withdrew a takeover offer for Mylan amid Mylan's talks with Perrigo. The Israeli pharmaceutical company opted instead to purchase Allergan's (AGN) generics business. Commenting on its failure to buy Perrigo, Mylan Executive Chairman Robert Coury said in a statement that while the company viewed Perrigo as a "unique and exciting company," it was not required for the future success of the company. Coury said, "We are well-positioned to quickly execute on the next strategic, value-enhancing opportunities for our business, some of which we have already identified." STREET RESEARCH: Citi analyst Liav Abraham upgraded Mylan to Buy and raised her price target for shares to $59 from $52, saying that an overhang has been removed since the company's hostile attempt to buy Perrigo has fallen through. Abraham argued that a combination of the two companies would have been both destructive to both earnings and value for Mylan and that the failed bid will increase management's optionality to pursue other value-enhancing opportunities and enable investors to focus on the company's base business. In addition, RBC Capital Markets analyst Randall Stanicky confirmed a Sector Perform rating for both Mylan and Perrigo with price targets of $60 and $176, respectively. Stanicky said he expects Mylan's stock to gain 10%-15% towards $50 as a result of the news, while Perrigo will probably see a pull-back into the low $140s. The analyst added that the removal of the Mylan bid will drive initial weakness for Perrigo's shares but that the stock can settle close to its current levels. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Mylan rallied 12.5% to $48.60 and Perrigo fell 6.92% to $145.72. OTHERS TO WATCH: Teva shares trading in New York increased 0.26%, Allergan was up 0.66%, and Endo (ENDP), with which Reuters reported Perrigo held unsuccessful takeover talks, gained 5.56%.
10:00 EDTMNTAOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: AECOM (ACM) initiated with a Buy at Citi... Boston Properties (BXP) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... Brandywine Realty (BDN) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... CarMax (KMX) initiated with a Buy at Buckingham... Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) initiated with a Buy at Citi... First Data (FDC) initiated with a Neutral at Baird... Fluor (FLR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Glu Mobile (GLUU) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Harman (HAR) initiated with an Outperform at William Blair... Highwoods Properties (HIW) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Himax (HIMX) initiated with an Outperform at Baird... Jacobs Engineering (JEC) initiated with a Buy at Citi... KBR (KBR) initiated with a Sell at Citi... Kilroy Realty (KRC) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... MasTec (MTZ) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... McDermott (MDR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... Momenta (MNTA) initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan... National Retail Properties (NNN) initiated with a Hold at BB&T... Outerwall (OUTR) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Quanta Services (PWR) initiated with a Neutral at Citi... SL Green Realty (SLG) initiated with a Buy at BB&T... SolarCity (SCTY) initiated with a Market Perform at Bernstein... Tobira Therapeutics (TBRA) initiated with an Outperform at Cowen.
09:37 EDTAZNClovis down 3% after FDA approves AstraZeneca lung cancer drug
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09:34 EDTAZNFDA approves Roche's cobas EGFR Mutation Test
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09:31 EDTAZNFDA approves AstraZeneca non-small cell lung cancer treatment
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08:10 EDTMNTAMomenta temporarily pauses patient enrollment in Necuparanib Phase 2 study
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07:57 EDTSRPTExperts see positive FDA panel for BioMarin, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Eun Yang says regulatory experts she spoke with see a high likelihood of a positive FDA panel vote BioMarin's (BMRN) Kyndrisa, a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The panel meeting is November 24 and the FDA action date for the drug is December 27. The experts point to a favorable risk/benefit profile for Kyndrisa as well as no current treatment option for DMD as supporting their confidence of FDA approval, Yang tells investors in a research note. The experts see a post-marketing study for Kyndrisa as likely necessary, she adds. On competitor Sarepta's (SRPT) DMD treatment eteplirsen, experts' views are "somewhat mixed," Yang adds. She has a Buy rating on BioMarin with a $166 price target. A positive panel vote could boost shares by 20% and bring increased confidence in BioMarin's three additional candidates targeting additional DMD patients, she contends. The orphan drug developer closed yesterday down $4.35 to $106.80.
06:54 EDTPFEPiper sees Pfizer worth over $50/share on standalone basis
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06:36 EDTMNTAMomenta initiated with an Overweight at JPMorgan
JPMorgan analyst Chris Schott started shares of Momenta Pharmaceuticals with an Overweight rating and $26 price target. Glatopa, or generic Copaxone, is a key near-term value-driver for the company, Schott tells investors in a research note.
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