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April 21, 2014
10:18 EDTPFE, AZNAnalysts differ on chances of Pfizer interest in AstraZeneca
Shares of AstraZeneca (AZN) are rallying after a newspaper reported that Pfizer (PFE) had considered acquiring the company. Two analysts disagreed on the chances of the report being accurate. WHAT'S NEW: Yesterday the Sunday Times, a British newspaper, reported that Pfizer had sought to buy AstraZeneca for more than 60B British pounds, or around $100B. Recently the two companies have held informal talks, but AstraZeneca is resisting a deal, the newspaper stated, citing unnamed senior investment bankers and industry sources. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, Citigroup analyst Andrew Baum wrote that Pfizer very likely did offer GBP60B for AstraZeneca, representing a premium of about 25% over its closing price on Thursday. Moreover, Pfizer is likely to try again to buy AstraZeneca, added the analyst. But the British company may try to merge with a third drug maker to defend itself against Pfizer's efforts, predicted Baum. An acquisition of AstraZeneca would be in-line with Pfizer's strategy and would be financially attractive for the U.S. drug maker, added Baum, who nonetheless kept a Neutral rating on AstraZeneca. Much less optimistic about the chances of a deal were analysts at research firm Bernstein. The analysts are "hard pressed" to believe that Pfizer was ever seriously interested in buying AstraZeneca, they wrote in a note to investors earlier today. The analysts do not believe that buying AstraZeneca dovetails with Pfizer's strategy. They kept a Market Perform rating on AstraZeneca. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, AstraZeneca rose $3.50, or 6%, to $67, while Pfizer gained 50c, or 1.5%, to $31.
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November 18, 2015
08:11 EDTPFE, AZNIMS Health forecasts global drug spending to increase 30% by 2020 to $1.4T
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08:06 EDTPFEPfizer says Phase 3 XALKORI trial shows 'positive' results
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08:02 EDTAZNBIND says AstraZeneca initiates patient dosing in AZD2811 Phase 1 trial
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07:26 EDTAZNZS Pharma downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi
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07:02 EDTPFEMerck KGaA, Pfizer win FDA breakthrough therapy designation for Avelumab
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06:09 EDTPFEValeant's Addyi sees hardly any sales, Bloomberg says
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November 17, 2015
07:03 EDTAZNCerulean, AstraZeneca partner to evaluate LYNPARZA, CRLX101 combo
Cerulean (CERU) announced that it has entered into a collaboration with AstraZeneca (AZN) and the National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study LYNPARZA and CRLX101. The collaboration will explore the synergistic effects of AstraZeneca's LYNPARZA, a poly ADP ribose polymerase inhibitor, and CRLX101, Cerulean's inhibitor of topoisomerase 1. The NCI will conduct a combination Phase I/IIa trial in the Branch led by Yves Pommier, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of the Developmental Therapeutics Branch.
06:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca drug to cost over $12K for a month's supply, Reuters reports
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05:37 EDTAZNClovis downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Terence Flynn downgraded Clovis Oncology (CLVS) to Neutral from Conviction Buy citing limited visibility on the path to FDA approval following yesterday's update on the company's lung cancer drug Roci. The drug now has a less compelling profile relative to AstraZeneca's (AZN) Tagrisso, Flynn tells investors in a research note. He cut his price target for shares to $23 from $123. Clovis closed yesterday down $66.19, or 70%, to $30.24.
05:22 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; P PFE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Pandora (P) 104, Pfizer (PFE) 29 according to iVolatility.
November 16, 2015
16:00 EDTAZNDiplomat Pharmacy to dispense TAGRISSO
Diplomat Pharmacy (DPLO) announced that it will offer TAGRISSO (osimertinib), recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as an oral therapy for a specific type of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. TAGRISSO is distributed by AstraZeneca (AZN).
14:07 EDTAZNClovis plunges after lung cancer drug response rate misses expectations
Shares of Clovis Oncology (CLVS) plunged more than 70% after the drugmaker reported new details regarding its cancer drug candidate rociletinib, with new, confirmed data showing an unexpected drop in effectiveness. SURPRISING DRUG RESULTS: Clovis announced this morning new details regarding its rociletinib drug, which is being studied for the treatment of non-small cell lung cancer. According to the company, the Food and Drug Administration is now requesting additional clinical data on the drug, with a renewed focus on so-called confirmed treatment responses. Clovis explained that previous applications submitted to the FDA -- as well as early data on the drug publicized at medical conferences and elsewhere -- contained some immature and unconfirmed results. Perhaps most notably, the company disclosed that "as the efficacy data have matured, the number of patients with an unconfirmed response who converted to a confirmed response was lower than expected," with the current confirmed response rate for rociletinib now standing at 28% for the 500mg dose and 34% for the 625mg group. The primary driver of the low conversion to confirmed responses was due to ineffective tumor shrinkage as well as general disease progression, including brain metastasis, said the company. APPROVAL DELAY: In the wake of this morning's update, Piper Jaffray's Charles Duncan cut his price target on Clovis shares to $28 from $92 while reiterating a Neutral rating. Duncan explained that Clovis had previously reported a 54%-60% unconfirmed response rate for rociletinib, a significant change from today's confirmed numbers. The analyst had previously speculated that rociletinib might further differentiate itself in the market by demonstrating a meaningful impact on brain metastasis, but Monday's commentary from Clovis seems to specifically downplay that possibility. Though the new data "may still ultimately be approvable," Duncan envisions an approval delay of three to six months given what was revealed, and he pushed anticipated first U.S. sales of the drug to the fourth quarter of 2016 while cutting his expected second-line market penetration to just 25% from 45%. RETHINKING CLOVIS: Goldman Sachs analyst Terence Flynn said he views the news as a "significant setback" for rociletinib, especially given that the updated responses rates come in below that of Tagrisso, AstraZeneca's (AZN) recently-approved rival treatment option. As a result, Flynn put his Conviction Buy rating and $123 price target on Clovis "under review." IMMUNOGEN PRESSURED: Weighing in on the news, RBC's Simos Simeonidis speculated that Monday's selloff in ImmunoGen (IMGN) shares could be related to the Clovis update, as investors may be drawing a parallel between the company's IMGN853 and rociletinib. IMGN853 saw a similar drop in efficacy when adjusting data for confirmed responses, but the drug looks outright potent when limiting results to just key patient groups, the analyst contended. Though IMGN853 will still have to prove itself in larger trials, Simeonidis nevertheless sees the current weakness in ImmunoGen as a buying opportunity. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Clovis have dived more than $71, or 71.5%, to $28.35 in afternoon trading, while ImmunoGen has fallen 7% to $11.62. AstraZeneca, meanwhile, is up better than 4%.
13:32 EDTPFECantor helps Moelis clinches advisory role for Pfizer, Reuters reports
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10:27 EDTAZNGoldman puts Conviction Buy-rated Clovis under review
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10:23 EDTAZNClovis price target cut to $28 from $92 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Charles Duncan cut his price target for shares of Clovis Oncology (CLVS) to $28 from $92 after the company announced that rociletinib efficacy data matured and the number of patients with a confirmed response is lower than expected. The updated response rate may still ultimately be approvable, but it further hinders rociletinib's competitive positioning compared to AstraZeneca's (AZN) Targrisso, Duncan tells investors in a research note. The analyst pushed back his first rociletinib sales estimate to Q4 of 2016 and lowered the drug's peak penetration of the second line market from 25% to 45%. He reiterates a Neutral rating on Clovis. The stock is down 67%, or $66.93, to $32.50 in morning trading.
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).
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.
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 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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