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March 29, 2012
13:55 EDTBAX, BAX, BAYRY, BAYRY, BIIB, BIIB, PBTH, PBTH, NVO, NVOLeerink's biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analyst Schimmer discusses the outlook for long-acting factor replacements in hemophilia on an Analyst/Industry conference call. Relevant covered companies BAX, BAYRY, BIIB, PBTH and NVO may be included on the Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on March 29 at 2 pm.
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July 2, 2015
07:18 EDTBIIBApplied Genetic to host conference call
Conference call to discuss Biogen collaboration will be held on July 2 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:11 EDTBIIBApplied Genetic Technologies to resume trading at 7:30 am EDT
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07:06 EDTBIIBBiogen, AGTC enter collaboration to develop gene therapies in ophthalmology
Biogen (BIIB) and AGTC (AGTC) announced a collaboration and license agreement to develop gene-based therapies for multiple ophthalmic diseases. The collaboration will focus on the development of a portfolio of AGTC’s therapeutic programs, including both a clinical stage candidate and a pre-clinical candidate for orphan diseases of the retina that can lead to blindness in children and adults. The agreement also includes options for early stage discovery programs in two ophthalmic diseases and one non-ophthalmic condition, as well as an equity investment in AGTC by Biogen and a license agreement for manufacturing rights. Biogen will make an upfront payment in the amount of $124M to AGTC, which includes a $30M equity investment in AGTC at a price equal to $20.63 per share and certain prepaid research and development expenditures. Biogen will be granted a license to the XLRS and XLRP programs and the option to license discovery programs for three additional indications at the time of clinical candidate selection. Under the collaboration, AGTC is eligible to receive upfront and milestone payments exceeding $1B. This includes up to $472.5M collectively for the two lead programs, which also will carry royalties in the high single digit to mid-teen percentages of annual net sales. In addition, Biogen will make payments up to $592.5M across the discovery programs, along with royalties in the mid single digits to low teen percentages of annual net sales. Biogen obtains worldwide commercialization rights for the XLRS and XLRP programs. AGTC has an option to share development costs and profits after the initial clinical trial data are available, and an option to co-promote the second of these products to be approved in the United States. AGTC will lead the clinical development programs of XLRS through product approval and of XLRP through the completion of first-in-human trials. Biogen will support the clinical development costs, subject to certain conditions, following the first-in-human study for XLRS and IND-enabling studies for XLRP. Under the manufacturing license, Biogen will receive an exclusive license to use AGTC’s proprietary technology platform to make AAV vectors for up to six genes, three of which are in AGTC’s discretion, in exchange for payment of milestones and royalties. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the expiration of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 in the United States, and is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2015.
07:05 EDTBAXBaxter now a margin improvement story, says Barclays
Barclays said the new Baxter, following the spinout of Baxalta (BXLT), is now a margin improvement story with EBIT expanding faster than sales and driven by new product launches, cost structure improvements, and portfolio optimizing. The firm sees the biggest catalysts to be Baxter's ability to beat margin guidance. Shares are Overweight rated with a $43 price target.
July 1, 2015
16:28 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Top stock stories for Wednesday
Stocks on Wall Street opened higher amid hopes for a resolution to the Greek debt crisis. The market also received help from positive reports from the ISM on manufacturing and ADP on the labor market. The averages saw their highs shortly after the open and then gradually drifted off those highs, while moving in a fairly narrow range. Investors will now be looking to the release of tomorrow’s nonfarm payrolls report, which will be out a day earlier than normal due to the Independence Day holiday. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., ADP reported the private sector added 237,000 jobs in June, versus expectations for 218,000 job additions. Markit's manufacturing purchasing managers' index for June came in at 53.6, narrowly above the 53.4 forecast. ISM's manufacturing index rose to 53.5 in June, topping May's 52.8 reading and the 53.2 consensus forecast. Construction spending rose 0.8% in May, versus the expected growth of 0.5%. In China, manufacturing PMIs came in short of expectations. The HSBC/Markit PMI slipped to a final 49.4 in June from the flash reading of 49.6, while the government's official manufacturing PMI fell to 50.1 in June from 50.9 in May. In Europe, Greece officially missed its $1.7B payment to the International Monetary Fund last night. Reports then indicated that Greece's government was willing to make concessions that get it much closer to creditor demands. The new proposal for budget cuts and policy overhauls from Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras was dismissed by European officials, however, and Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem said that he sees no need for further talks on Greece at this point and that he awaits the result of this Sunday's scheduled referendum. COMPANY NEWS: In a blockbuster deal in the insurance industry, ACE Limited (ACE) agreed to acquire Chubb (CB) in a cash and stock transaction valued in excess of $28B that will create the number one global Property and Casualty insurance company by P&C underwriting income and the number two U.S. public P&C insurer by market cap. ACE shares advanced 77c, or 0.76%, to $102.45 following the deal announcement, while Chubb surged $25.63, or 26.94%, to $120.77... U.S. airline stocks dropped after the Associated Press reported that the Justice Department is investigating potential "unlawful coordination" between companies attempting to artificially limit growth to keep fares high. Shares of American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), Southwest (LUV), United Continental (UAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) all closed lower by between 1.4% to 3.4% following the report. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Schnitzer Steel (SCHN), which advanced 13.45% to $19.82 after BofA Merrill Lynch upgraded the shares two notches to Buy from Underperform and raised its price target to $21, saying scrap pricing should be nearing a trough with stability expected ahead. Also higher were shares of Dycom (DY), which gained 7.87% to $63.48 following a fourth quarter guidance hike, an announcement of a $40M repurchase plan and an upgrade to Buy at DA Davidson. Among the noteworthy losers was Baxter (BAX), which fell 44.43% to $38.86 after its spin-off of Baxalta (BXLT), whose shares fell 1.38% to $31.50. Baxter was downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse after the research firm updated its valuation of Baxter to reflect the split. Also lower was Graham Holdings (GHC), which fell 35.48% to $693.63 after the company completed its spin-off of Cable ONE (CABO), whose shares lost 6.23% to $399. Additionally, shares of General Motors (GM) fell 0.87% to $33.04 after the company halted production at its Russian plant and reported June U.S. sales dropped 3%. INDEXES: The Dow rose 138.40, or 0.79%, to 17,757.91, the Nasdaq gained 26.26, or 0.53%, to 5,013.12, and the S&P 500 advanced 14.31, or 0.69%, to 2,077.42.
10:00 EDTBAXOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Autoliv (ALV) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... Baxter (BAX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Exane BNP Paribas... H&E Equipment (HEES) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... L'Oreal (LRLCY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Marchex (MCHX) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Stephens... NASDAQ (NDAQ) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Keefe Bruyette... Starbucks (SBUX) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Towers Watson (TW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank... Tuesday Morning (TUES) downgraded to Accumulate from Buy at Johnson Rice... United Rentals (URI) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc.
08:08 EDTBAXBaxter downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse downgraded Baxter (BAX) to Neutral with a $39 price target based on valuation following the Baxalta (BXLT) spin-off.
June 26, 2015
05:25 EDTBAYRYRegeneron reports approval of Eylea by Japan
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05:21 EDTBIIBBiogen, Sobi announce EMA validates MAA for Alprolix
Biogen and Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB, or Sobi, announced that the European Medicines Agency, or EMA, has accepted the Marketing Authorization Application, or MAA, of Alprolix, a recombinant factor IX Fc fusion protein product candidate for the treatment of hemophilia B. This validation signifies the initiation of the EMA’s review process. The MAA includes results from two global, Phase 3 clinical trials examining the efficacy, safety and pharmacokinetics of ALPROLIX for hemophilia B: the pivotal B-LONG study for previously treated adults and adolescents, and Kids B-LONG study for previously treated children under age 12.
June 25, 2015
14:01 EDTBAYRYBayer initiated with a Buy at HSBC
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13:58 EDTNVONovo Nordisk initiated with a Reduce at HSBC
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12:59 EDTBIIBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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08:00 EDTBAYRYBayer to hold a meeting
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07:06 EDTBAXMerrimack's MM-398 NDA granted priority review by FDA
Merrimack (MACK) and Baxalta Incorporated, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Baxter (BAX) announced that the New Drug Application for MM-398 has been accepted for review by the FDA. Merrimack is seeking U.S. marketing approval of MM-398 for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. In addition, the FDA has classified the NDA as having Priority Review status. The FDA has set a goal of October 24 to take action under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act. The European Medicines Agency has also accepted for review a Marketing Authorization Application for MM-398 for the treatment of patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the pancreas who have been previously treated with gemcitabine-based therapy. The acceptance of the MAA marks the beginning of the review process in the European Union for MM-398 in this indication.
June 24, 2015
11:16 EDTBIIBOptions with increasing implied volatility
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June 23, 2015
18:07 EDTBAXBaxter initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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10:31 EDTBAYRYMonsanto says Bayer crop chemicals unit an option, Bloomberg reports
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07:55 EDTBIIBBiogen's Tysabri in SPMS a $1B-$2B opportunity, says Morgan Stanley
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June 22, 2015
06:32 EDTBAXKamada collaborates with Baxter on clinical trial with Alpha-1 antitrypsin
Kamada (KMDA) reports that the company has entered into a collaboration with Baxalta International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Baxter (BAX) on a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of Kamada’s proprietary alpha-1 antitrypsin treatment for the prevention of lung transplant rejection. Under the agreement, Baxalta will collaborate in the development and funding of the study, which will be conducted in Israel. The study is expected to initiate in the first half of 2016, with more details on trial design to be provided at a later date. Kamada’s proprietary, highly-purified, liquid form of human AAT has shown positive interim results in a proof-of-concept Phase II study in Graft-versus-Host-Disease conducted at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in cooperation with Baxalta. Based on those results, preclinical data published in Blood, and at the American Society of Hematology meeting, and a similar mechanism of action, the companies now plan to expand the AAT indication to the prevention of lung transplant rejection and may use this data to support clinical development worldwide. Baxalta has distribution rights to intravenous AAT for all indications in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, while Kamada has rights in all other territories and all other formulations.
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