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April 28, 2014
05:31 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca upgraded to Hold from Sell at Societe Generale
Societe Generale upgraded AstraZeneca (AZN) citing the potential for a takeover amid interest from Pfizer (PFE).
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March 23, 2015
11:09 EDTPFEPfizer hits best level in over decade after Jefferies adds to list of best ideas
The shares of Pfizer (PFE) are rising after an analyst wrote that the company's shares are poised to rise significantly over the next one to two years. Additionally, the company announced that it would resume developing its painkiller, tanezumab, in partnership with Eli Lilly (LLY). ANALYST OUTLOOK: Pfizer's breast cancer drug for postmenopausal women, Ibrance, has had one of the best launches of any oncology drug ever, Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holdford wrote in a note to investors today. A survey of U.S. oncologists conducted by the firm shows that the doctors expect the drug to be used on about 50% of patients needing first line hormonal therapy within one year, while the drug will be used as an off-label treatment in all lines of therapy, the analyst wrote. The drug will generate revenue of $5.5B in 2020, versus the consensus outlook of $3.3B, Holford estimated. Meanwhile, the drug maker's Global Established Pharmaceutical, or GEP, business' revenue and profits should top consensus estimates by14% by 2018, according to the analyst. Pfizer could generate value through accretive M&A activity and by separating the GEP unit by 2017, Holdford stated. He raised his price target on the name to $45 from $42, kept a buy rating on the shares, and added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pfizer announced that, in partnership with Eli Lilly, it would resume its Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. The announcement was made after the FDA removed a partial clinical hold on the drug, Pfizer noted. As a result of its decision, Pfizer expects to receive a $200M payment, in accordance with the companies' agreement, Pfizer stated. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Pfizer climbed 2.4% to $35.08. The stock has not traded at a price per share this high since 2004.
11:01 EDTPFEPfizer rallies to fresh 52-week high, levels to watch
Shares are up over 2.8% at time of writing to $35.14, just below the new 52-week high at $35.26 which is now initial resistance. Next resistance above is at $35.89 and then at $36.63. Support is at $34.89.
09:45 EDTAZNUBS to hold a field trip
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09:37 EDTPFEActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open according to Track Data: AAPL AUY SLB PFE MCP CELG VRTX SHPG GILD LOGI TSLA TASR NFLX SCTY WFM
09:06 EDTAZNInsmed appoints Eugene Sullivan as Chief Medical and Scientific Officer
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09:03 EDTAZNLeerink analysts hold a meeting with a conference call hookup
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08:06 EDTPFEPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
Pfizer (PFE) and Eli Lilly and Company (LLY) announced that they are preparing to resume the Phase 3 clinical program for tanezumab. As a result, Pfizer expects to receive a $200M upfront payment from Lilly in accordance with their collaboration agreement. This announcement follows a decision by the U.S. FDA to lift the partial clinical hold on the tanezumab development program after a review of a robust body of nonclinical data characterizing the sympathetic nervous system response to tanezumab. The data were submitted to the FDA in February. In the prior clinical studies of more than 11,000 patients, tanezumab demonstrated clinically meaningful efficacy vs. placebo and other select commonly used pain medicines. A partial clinical hold has been in place for tanezumab and all other anti-nerve growth factor antibodies since December 2012 due to adverse changes in the sympathetic nervous system of mature animals. Studies in terminal cancer pain were allowed to proceed.
08:05 EDTPFEPfizer, Eli Lilly to resume Phase 3 chronic pain program for Tanezumab
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07:36 EDTPFE, AZNPfizer should rise 'significantly' over next two years, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford told investors this morning that he expects shares of Pfizer (PFE) to appreciate "significantly" over the next two years. A survey of U.S. oncologists indicated the company's Ibrance drug will be used in 50% of first line hormonal therapy within one year, with off-label use in all lines of therapy including adjuvant, Holford noted. He thinks peak sales of the drug could top $13B, which is well above consensus. In addition, the analyst views Pfizer's Global Established Pharmaceutical business as being underappreciated by the market. Potential value creating options for the pharmaceutical giant include spinning off its GEP unit by 2017 and accretive acquisitions, with possible takeover targets being Shire (SHPG), Actavis (ACT), AstraZeneca (AZN) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in the eyes of Holford. He added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. He also raised his price target for Pfizer to $45 from $42. The stock closed Friday up 10c to $34.25.
March 20, 2015
13:03 EDTPFEPfizer says oral tofacitinib meets primary endpoint in Phase 3 trials
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07:55 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca seen as potential target again if oncology drugs lag, Bloomberg says
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07:41 EDTPFEAmerican Academy of Dermatology to hold annual meeting
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March 19, 2015
11:00 EDTPFEPfizer participates in a conference call with Bernstein
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08:37 EDTAZNNektar and Daiichi Sankyo to commercialize Movantik in the U.S.
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March 18, 2015
17:09 EDTPFEPfizer CAPiTA published in New England Journal of Medicine
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March 17, 2015
14:10 EDTAZNIGI Laboratories recent sell-off a buying opportunity, says Craig-Hallum
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March 16, 2015
07:30 EDTAZNAmerican College of Cardiology to hold an expo
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06:40 EDTPFEPCSK9 studies show potential improvement in heart health, WSJ says
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March 13, 2015
11:19 EDTAZNBioMarin rallies amid positive call on DMD drug timeline, takeover rumor
The shares of drug maker BioMarin (BMRN) are climbing after research firm Jefferies quoted a regulatory expert as saying that the company's drisapersen drug has a good chance of being approved on an accelerated basis by the FDA. Drisapersen is a treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, or DMD. WHAT'S NEW: "There is a strong possibility" that the FDA will grant accelerated approval to drisapersen because there is currently no approved drug for the treatment of DMD, Jefferies analyst Eun Yang quoted the expert as saying. The expert is also optimistic about the outlook for accelerated approval because she had a good experience working with BioMarin while she was with the FDA and because BioMarin has a favorable track record with the FDA, according to Yang. There is a 60% chance that drisapersen will be approved by the end of this year and the stock can rise to $155, versus its current level of about $121.50, if that does occur, the analyst stated. Yang's price target on the stock increased to $135 from $125 and the analyst kept a Buy rating on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca (AZN) has been rumored to be interested in buying BioMarin for $175 per share in cash, British newspaper Daily Mail reported. , Piper Jaffray analyst Joshua Schimmer wrote in a note to investors this morning that BioMarin, along with Vertex (VRTX) and Incyte (INCY), have a "clear path" to joining the group of companies with market caps of over $10B projected to deliver greater than 20% EPS CAGR, which the analyst identified as a set of criteria that has previously pointed to companies that make good potential takeover targets. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, BioMarin climbed nearly 4% to $120.
08:07 EDTAZNAstraZeneca rumored to have BioMarin 'on shopping list,' Daily Mail says
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