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April 21, 2014
06:40 EDTAZN, PFEPfizer volatility flat said to be considering bid for AstraZeneca – report
Pfizer (PFE) implied volatility is expected to increase on the company is said to have approached AstraZeneca (AZN) to propose a $101B takeover of the U.K company, says the Sunday Times. Overall option implied volatility of 19 is at its 26-week average according to Track Data, suggesting non-directional price movement.
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April 29, 2015
06:16 EDTPFEPfizer downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup
Citigroup analyst Andrew Baum downgraded Pfizer (PFE) to Neutral citing the stock's "strong" relative outperformance this year. Buam prefers prefer Eli Lilly (LLY), which he upgraded this morning to Buy, and Bristol-Myers (BMY) among large-cap U.S. Pharmaceuticals. He keeps a $37 price target for Pfizer shares.
April 28, 2015
12:30 EDTPFEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
Stocks on Wall Street were higher at midday after crossing back and forth across the flat line during morning trading, much like Apple (AAPL) shares, which were searching for direction despite the company's report last night having topped expectations on several measures, including revenue, profits, iPhone unit sales and capital return plans. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Case Shiller 20-city home price index rebounded 0.93% on a seasonally adjusted basis in February, versus expectations for it to be up 0.7% on a month-over-month basis. The Conference Board's consumer confidence index dropped 6.2 points to 95.2 in April, versus expectations for it to have risen to 102.2. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index rose to -3 in April, versus expectations for a reading of -2. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Apple were little changed near noon after the company last night reported March quarter earnings and sales well above expectations and boosted its shares buyback program to $140B from $90B and quarterly dividend by 11% to 52c. FBR Capital called the quarter “Picasso-like,” while Brian White at Cantor Fitzgerald upped his price target on shares to $195. Less sanguine are analysts at Pacific Crest, Maxim and Deutsche Bank. Noted investor Carl Icahn said afterward that Apple is "still undervalued and misunderstood" and promised to put out another in-depth report on the company within two weeks... IBM (IBM) approved an 18% increase in its quarterly dividend to $1.30 per common share. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Dow member Merck (MRK), which advanced 5% after its Q1 sales and EPS beat expectations. Two other big name, big revenue drugmakers slid after their earnings reports, as Bristol-Myers (BMY) declined 1% and Pfizer (PFE) fell 0.5%. Also lower following its earnings report was The Container Store (TCS), which declined about 16% after its results and outlook missed expectations. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 49.61, or 0.28%, to 18,087.58, the Nasdaq was up 9.87, or 0.2%, to 5,070.12, and the S&P 500 was up 3.98, or 0.19%, to 2,112.90.
07:33 EDTPFEHospira will not provide annual projections given merger agreement with Pfizer
07:33 EDTPFEHospira expects merger agreement with Pfizer to be completed in 2H15
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07:12 EDTPFEPfizer lowers FY15 adjusted EPS view to $1.95-$2.05 from $2.00-$2.10
Consensus $2.07. Lowers FY15 revenue guidance to $44B-$46B from $44.5B-$46.5B, consensus $45.94B.
07:09 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q1 adjusted EPS 51c, consensus 49c
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April 27, 2015
15:04 EDTPFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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14:41 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer up over 6% since its last earnings report
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12:47 EDTPFEPfizer technical comments before earnings
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09:03 EDTPFEChina Jo-Jo Drugstore signs incentive agreement with Pfizer subsidiary
China Jo-Jo Drugstores (CJJD) announced its subsidiary, Hangzhou Jiuzhou Grand Pharmacy Chain, has signed a new sales incentive agreement with Wyeth Pharmaceutical, a wholly owned subsidiary in China of Pfizer (PFE). The Agreement illustrated specific approaches and conditions of Jiuzhou Pharmacy's collaboration with Wyeth, including sales targets, promotional incentive to consumers, products and pricing methods. In return, Wyeth will fully support Jiuzhou Pharmacy with priority delivery, favorable purchase prices and promotional activities.
08:41 EDTPFE, AZNTelegraph discusses potential takeover of GSK by Pfizer
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06:19 EDTPFE, AZNPharmceutical companies buy drugs and raises prices, WSJ reports
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April 24, 2015
06:19 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says smaller M&A deals more realistic, Reuters reports
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06:07 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reiterates outlook for FY15
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06:06 EDTAZNAstraZeneca reports Q1 core EPS $1.08, consensus $1.05
Reports Q1 revenue $6.06B, consensus $5.95B. Reports Q1 Symbicort revenue $845M vs. $928M last year, Pulmicort revenue $286M vs. $263M last year, Crestor revenue $1.17B vs. $1.33B last year, Nexium revenue $644M vs. $930M last year.
05:39 EDTAZNCelgene announces strategic collaboration with AstraZeneca
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05:37 EDTAZNAstraZeneca signs co-development agreement with Innate Pharma
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April 23, 2015
15:01 EDTAZNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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08:25 EDTAZNJuno Therapeutics, MedImmune announce immuno-oncology trial collaboration
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April 22, 2015
08:04 EDTAZNBIND Therapeutics presents data on BIND-014, AZD2811 at AACR
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