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May 22, 2014
06:45 EDTAZN, PFEAstraZeneca shareholders disagree on Pfizer strategy, NY Times reports
A number of AstraZeneca (AZN) shareholders - including Schafer Cullen Capital Management, the British asset manager Schroders; and Jupiter Fund Management - have urged the Biritish drug maker to resume negotiations with Pfizer (PFE) regarding a takeover deal, according to The New York Times. Conversely, other AstraZeneca investors, including Fidelity Worldwide Investment and Threadneedle Asset Management, backed the company's decision to refrain from encouraging Pfizer to make a higher bid, the newspaper indicated. Reference Link
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July 27, 2015
18:30 EDTPFEAllergan CEO pursuing 'transformational deals,' FT says
In a Financial Times interview following the sale of its generics unit to Teva (TEVA), Allergan's (AGN) CEO Brent Saunders stated, "We’re going to contemplate transformational deals... We couldn’t before because of our capital structure and debt, but now we can." When asked about the timing of a potential deal, Saunders remarked, "We’re not going to plod along," and when asked about a hypothetical takeover by Pfizer (PFE), the CEO commented, "I spend zero time thinking about Pfizer and I am not doing anything to make us more or less attractive to them." Reference Link
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 27, 2015
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15:03 EDTPFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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12:36 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares nearly flat since last earnings report
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05:25 EDTAZNGenzyme acquires Caprelsa from AstraZeneca for $300M
Genzyme, a Sanofi (SNY) company, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement with AstraZeneca (AZN) to acquire Caprelsa, a rare disease therapy, indicated for the treatment of symptomatic or progressive medullary thyroid carcinoma in patients with unresectable locally advanced or metastatic disease. Caprelsa is an oral kinase inhibitor treatment and is currently available in 28 countries. Caprelsa is in Phase III development for differentiated thyroid carcinoma, with the study expected to finish in the second half of 2015. Under the terms of the agreement, Genzyme will pay AstraZeneca up to $300M, including an upfront payment of $165M to acquire the global rights to sell and further develop Caprelsa, and further development and sales milestone payments of up to $135M. The transaction does not include the transfer of any AstraZeneca employees or facilities.
July 22, 2015
13:58 EDTAZNPiper cuts Array target by only 50c after failed trial
Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff says selumetinib for Uveal Melanoma is a small indication and represented only a small part of his valuation for Array BioPharma (ARRY). As such, after partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that selumetinib failed in the Phase III trial, the analyst cut his price target for Array by only 50c to $14.50. The primary drivers for Array remain binimetinib and encorafenib in NRAS and BRAF melanoma and low-grade serous ovarian cancer, the analyst tells investors in a research note. He keeps an Overweight rating on the stock.
09:07 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:32 EDTPFEPfizer expands lease agreement with MIT subsidiary
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05:12 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says Phase 3 study of selumetinib did not meet primary endpoint
AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that the Phase 3 SUMIT study of selumetinib in combination with dacarbazine for the treatment of patients with metastatic uveal melanoma did not meet its primary endpoint of progression free survival. This combination therapy showed an adverse event profile generally consistent with current knowledge of the safety profiles of dacarbazine and selumetinib. A full evaluation of the data is ongoing. Selumetinib is a MEK inhibitor in late-stage development, with a primary Phase 3 program in second-line KRAS-mutant advanced non-small cell lung cancer in combination with docetaxel. Selumetinib is also being investigated in a Phase 3 study in differentiated thyroid cancer and in a Phase 2 registration study in patients with neurofibromatosis Type 1. Selumetinib is an oral small molecule MEK inhibitor invented by Array BioPharma (ARRY) and licensed to AstraZeneca in 2003.
July 21, 2015
08:04 EDTPFEPfizer launches Caltrate Bone & Joint Health supplement
Pfizer Consumer Healthcare announced the launch of Caltrate Bone & Joint Health, a 3-in-1, triple action product that delivers UC-II, an exclusive form of collagen, to support healthy cartilage and promote joint flexibility, calcium and vitamin D3, to nourish strong and healthy bones, and vitamin C and minerals to support collagen production for healthy bones and skin.
July 16, 2015
16:00 EDTPFEOptions Update; July 16, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.17 to 16.52 Option volume leaders: NFLX AAPL BAC FB F INTC C EBAY AMZN GM JPM MU PFE BABA JD X
July 15, 2015
17:00 EDTAZNInnerWorkings to provide AstraZeneca exclusive marketing execution
InnerWorkings (INWK), the leading marketing execution firm, has become the exclusive North American marketing execution partner of AstraZeneca (AZN). Under the seven-year agreement, InnerWorkings will manage AstraZeneca’s marketing print operations across North America, which will improve AstraZeneca’s transparency and reporting as well as strengthen its brand impact. Strategically placed across the U.S., InnerWorkings’ three onsite teams based in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania will help AstraZeneca sharpen its financial visibility, unify its brands, and enhance its marketing effectiveness. By tapping InnerWorkings’ $1B-dollar buying power, AstraZeneca will gain vital insights, promote sustainability, and refine its marketing spend.
08:04 EDTPFEPfizer treatment of CIDP granted FDA orphan status
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July 14, 2015
10:22 EDTPFEEuropean Commission says Pfizer offers concessions for Hospira deal, Reuters say
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July 13, 2015
15:52 EDTAZNQIAGEN companion diagnostic wins FDA approval for use with Iressa
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13:33 EDTAZNFDA approves AstraZeneca metastatic lung cancer treatment
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11:47 EDTPFE, AZNFDA approves new drug to treat schizophrenia
The U.S. FDA announced that it has approved Rexulti tablets to treat adults with schizophrenia and as an add-on treatment to an antidepressant medication to treat adults with major depressive disorder. Rexulti is manufactured by Tokyo-based Otsuka Pharmaceutical. Novartis' (NVS) Clozaril is indicated to treat severely ill adult patients with schizophrenia who have not responded appropriately to standard antipsychotic treatment. Other atypical antipsychotics include Otsuka's Abilify, Pfizer's (PFE) Geodon, Janssen's (JNJ) Invega and Risperdal, Forest Labs' (ACT) Saphris, AstraZeneca's (AZN) Seroquel and Eli Lilly's (LLY) Zyprexa.
07:44 EDTPFE, AZNEli Lilly price target raised to $105 from $100 at Jefferies
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