Rigosertib failure removes positive catalyst for Baxter, says Leerink Leerink says Onconova's (ONTX) announcement last night that pivotal results of IV rigosertib in myelodysplastic syndrome failed to meet its primary endpoint as removing a positive catalyst for Baxter (BAX) since Baxter has the European rights to rigosertib. Leerink points out that Baxter had previously noted that rigosertib could ultimately be a $1B drug. However, the firm believes rigosertib was largely not reflected in estimates for Baxter and it reiterates an Outperform rating on the stock.
Baxter resumed with a Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray Piper Jaffray analyst Brooks West downgraded Baxter (BAX) to Neutral after resuming coverage of the name. The company, post the spin of Baxalta (BXLT), "has a number of moving pieces that need to be addressed," West tells investors in a research note. He lowered his price target for shares to $39 from $90.