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April 21, 2014
09:00 EDTAZNAstraZeneca rises 7.1%
AstraZeneca is up 7.1%, or $4.49, to $67.98
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September 24, 2014
11:02 EDTAZNAstraZeneca holds an analyst and investor briefing with a conference call hookup
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September 23, 2014
16:20 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower after the U.S. took new action to clamp down on tax inversion deals and led airstrikes against Islamic State militants in Syria, while Europe reported weaker than expected manufacturing data. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for an increase of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing PMI rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady with its 52.5 reading for August. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of companies that have announced or been speculated as targets in tax inversion deals fell after the U.S. Treasury last night issued new regulations that will make such deals less attractive. AstraZeneca (AZN), which has previously turned down an offer to be acquired by the U.S.'s Pfizer (PFE), sank $3.54, or 4.74%, to $71.13 despite a Bloomberg report that said Pfizer is still considering pursuing a deal with the U.K. drugmaker. AbbVie (ABBV), which has a deal in progress to acquire Shire (SHPG) and thus move its tax domicile to Ireland, fell $1.15, or 1.96%, to $57.56, while Shire shares slid $5.56, or 2.17%, to $250.74. Medtronic (MDT), which is pursuing its own inversion deal with Covidien (COV), dropped $1.90, or 2.88%, to $64.08. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Herbalife (HLF), which rose $3.88, or 9.65%, to $44.09, bouncing back from a pullback yesterday that had been attributed to rumors of Carl Icahn selling out of his stake in the company. Also higher was Plug Power (PLUG), which rose 40c, or 9.57%, to $4.58 after the company's CEO gave FY15 revenue guidance that was above the consensus Street view in an interview with the Albany Business Review. Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped $2.78, or 16.82%, to $13.75 after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower were shares of used car retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell $5.01, or 9.49%, to $47.80 after the company reported sluggish comparable used car sales in its second quarter. INDEXES: The Dow declined 116.81, or 0.68%, to 17,055.87, the Nasdaq dropped 19.00, or 0.42%, to 4,508.69, and the S&P 500 fell 11.52, or 0.58%, to 1,982.77.
14:25 EDTAZNAstraZeneca trades lower, levels to watch
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14:23 EDTAZNPfizer approached Actavis about takeover, Bloomberg reports
Pfizer (PFE) approached Actavis (ACT) to express interest in an acquisition, Bloomberg reports, citing people with knowledge of the matter said. No formal talks are ongoing and Pfizer has not made an offer, Bloomberg adds. Pfizer is still considering pursuing a deal with AstraZeneca (AZN) as well as other options, the report says. Shares of Actavis rallied 3% to $243.06 following the story. Reference Link
14:12 EDTAZNPfizer weighing options including AstraZeneca bid, Bloomberg says
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13:44 EDTAZNISI Group to hold a webinar
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12:11 EDTAZNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed and little changed at midday, amid new rules from the Obama administration on tax inversions and manufacturing data from around the globe. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the FHFA's home price index rose 0.1% in July to 212.7, missing expectations for a rise of 0.5%. Markit's preliminary manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index for September came in at 57.9, slightly below the consensus forecast for a 58.0 reading. The Richmond Fed manufacturing index for September rose to 14, beating expectations for it to have dropped two points to 10. In China, HSBC's flash manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August, better than expectations. In Europe, Markit's composite flash PMI for the eurozone dipped to a nine-month low of 52.3, missing expectations for it to hold steady at the 52.5 seen in August. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of several companies, including a number in the pharmaceutical industry, are lower in early trading after the Treasury Department announced new regulations yesterday night that aim to make it tougher for U.S. companies to lower their tax burdens via mergers with foreign companies, otherwise known as "inversions." Among the stocks that moved lower after the new rules were announced was Astrazeneca (AZN), which had previously been a target of Pfizer (PFE) and fell about 4% near midday. Also lower were shares of both Shire (SHPG), which fell 2%, and Abbvie (ABBV), which dropped 1.6%, as the two have previously agreed to merge in a tax inversion deal. Medtronic (MDT) and Covidien (COV), which similarly agreed to an inversion merger, were down 3.3% and 2.7%, respectively. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Salix Pharmaceuticals (SLXP), which rose more than 5% after The Wall Street Journal reported that Allergan (AGN) is in advanced talks on a deal to buy the company. Shares of Allergan were also up nearly 3% near midday, as the Journal also reported that Allergan rejected a recent buyout offer from Actavis (ACT). Among the noteworthy losers was Ascena Retail (ASNA), which dropped 16% after the apparel retailer's fourth quarter results and fiscal 2015 profit outlook trailed analysts' consensus estimates. Also lower following its own earnings report was auto retailer CarMax (KMX), which fell over 9%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 32.91, or 0.19%, to 17,139.77, the Nasdaq was up 2.90, or 0.06%, to 4,530.59, and the S&P 500 was down 2.29, or 0.11%, to 1,992.00.
10:54 EDTAZNStocks, analysts react to Treasury inversion crackdown
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September 22, 2014
07:21 EDTAZNEBD Group to hold a conference
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September 19, 2014
09:33 EDTAZNAstraZeneca says DURATION-NEO-1 trial met primary endpoint
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07:54 EDTAZNSalix price target raised to $192 from $161 at Canaccord
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September 17, 2014
07:43 EDTAZNBofA/Merrill to hold a conference
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September 16, 2014
14:33 EDTAZNNektar price target raised to $20 from $18 at Brean Capital
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12:37 EDTAZNNektar reports FDA approval of MOVANTIK for treatment of OIC
Nektar Therapeutics (NKTR) reported that partner AstraZeneca (AZN) announced that the FDA approved MOVANTIK tablets as the first once-daily oral peripherally-acting mu-opioid receptor antagonist medication for the treatment of opioid-induced constipation, or OIC, in adult patients with chronic, non-cancer pain. In line with the recommendation from the FDA Anesthetic and Analgesic Drug Products Advisory Committee that took place in June, AstraZeneca has agreed to conduct a post-marketing, observational epidemiologic cardiovascular safety study for MOVANTIK. MOVANTIK is expected to be available to patients in the first half of 2015. MOVANTIK is currently a schedule II controlled substance because it is structurally related to noroxymorphone. During the review of the New Drug Application, the FDA evaluated the abuse potential of MOVANTIK and the approved labelling indicates that MOVANTIK has no risk of abuse or dependency. AstraZeneca submitted a petition for the descheduling of MOVANTIK to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, in March 2012, which was accepted for review and will be considered by the DEA as part of the process for addressing the descheduling request.
11:51 EDTAZNOECD looks to close tax loopholes with new proposals
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10:19 EDTAZNFDA approves Movantik with requirement for cardiovascular risk study
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08:00 EDTAZNFDA PDUFA Date for Nektar and AstraZeneca''s Movantik is September 16, 2014
07:31 EDTAZNEuropean Association for Study of Diabetes to hold annual meeting
50th Annual Meeting of EASD to be held in Vienna, Austria on September 15-19.
07:02 EDTAZNEli Lilly and AstraZeneca to co-develop and commercialize AZD3293
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06:27 EDTAZNAstraZeneca, Eli Lilly to jointly develop, commercialize AZD3293
AstraZeneca (AZN) and Eli Lilly (LLY) announced an agreement to jointly develop and commercialize AZD3293, an oral beta secretase cleaving enzyme inhibitor currently in development as a potential treatment for Alzheimer's disease. AZD3293 has been shown in Phase I studies to significantly and dose-dependently reduce levels of amyloid beta in the cerebro-spinal fluid of Alzheimer's patients and healthy volunteers. AstraZeneca announced earlier in 2014 its plan to move AZD3293 into registration trials. Under the terms of the agreement, Lilly will pay AstraZeneca up to $500M in development and regulatory milestone payments. AstraZeneca expects to receive the first milestone payment of $50M in the 1H15. The companies will share all future costs equally for the development and commercialization of AZD3293, as well as net global revenues post-launch. AstraZeneca and Lilly aim to progress AZD3293 rapidly into a Phase II/III clinical trial in patients with early Alzheimer's disease. Lilly will lead clinical development, working with researchers from AstraZeneca's Innovative Medicines Unit for neuroscience, while AstraZeneca will be responsible for manufacturing. The companies will take joint responsibility for commercialization of AZD3293. The agreement is subject to customary terms and conditions. It will have no impact on AstraZeneca's 2014 Core Earnings per Share.
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