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March 20, 2012
16:16 EDTAZN, STP, NSRGY, TRGT, YGE, MYGN, TSL, RIO, BHP, TIFOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were lower on concerns of slowing growth in China. The futures barely reacted to February U.S. housing data, which showed starts were lower than expected but building permits were higher. The futures action led to a lower open for the broader market. The averages found a level in the first 30 minutes of trading where they sat and eventually began to drift higher. The market moved generally higher until the last hour of the session but the averages were never able to retake the baseline to continue their six day winning streak... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., homebuilders began construction on a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 698,000 homes in February, down 1.1% from a month ago. Building permits jumped 5.1%, versus expectations for an increase of 0.6%. In China, a report said that home prices dropped in 45 Chinese cities last month and the country increased its gas and diesel prices for the second time in less than six weeks... MARKET NEWS: BHP Billiton (BHP) was widely quoted as stating that Chinese iron ore demand growth was "flattening," but the company came out and said that the slowdown had been discussed before and was not new information. Also, both BHP and rival Rio Tinto (RIO) confirmed plans to expand production in China even further. Still, BHP's confirmation along with other signals of a slowdown in China was attributed as a significant catalyst for today's market pull-back... Saudi Arabia said it is ready to meet any shortfalls in global oil supplies which, along with China's news, caused oil prices to fall 2%, weighing on the Energy sector of the S&P... Amazon.com (AMZN) moved up 3.67% following its $775M purchase of Kiva Systems, a maker of robots and other material handling technology... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Tiffany (TIF), up $4.59, or 6.68%, to $73.27, after its earnings missed expectations but its FY12 guidance beat the Street's view. Also higher were a number of Chinese solar companies, including Yingli Green Energy (YGE), up 46c, or 12.07%, to $4.27, Suntech (STP), up 44c, or 14.06%, to $3.57, and Trina Solar (TSL), up 61c, or 7.85%, to $8.38, following the U.S. Commerce Department's decision to impose tariffs of less than 5% on the companies, which was well below the 20% to 30% that was forecast by some analysts. Noteworthy losers included Targacept (TRGT), down $2.22, or 29.96%, to $5.19, after it abandoned plans to seek approval for a depression drug it was developing in partnership with AstraZeneca (AZN), and Myriad Genetics (MYGN), down $1.33, or 5.19%, to $24.31, after the Supreme Court ruled that two patents held by Nestle (NSRGY) for certain personalized medicine products are invalid because the patents utilize "laws of nature" without adding significant additional features to those laws... INDICES: The Dow fell 68.94, or 0.52%, to 13,170.19; the Nasdaq lost 4.17, or 0.14%, to 3,074.15; and the S&P 500 dropped 4.23, or 0.30%, to 1,405.52.
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August 3, 2015
05:39 EDTAZNIsis Pharmaceuticals and AstraZeneca collaborate to develop antisense drugs
Isis Pharmaceuticals (ISIS) and AstraZeneca (AZN) announced a strategic collaboration to discover and develop antisense therapies for cardiovascular, metabolic and renal diseases. The new collaboration builds on a broad existing relationship between the two companies and supports AstraZeneca's strategic approach in these therapeutic areas using novel RNA-targeted treatments. It also enables Isis Pharmaceuticals to extend use of its antisense technology to diseases of the kidney. AstraZeneca will pay an upfront fee of $65M to Isis Pharmaceuticals plus development and regulatory milestones for each program that AstraZeneca advances to clinical development. Isis Pharmaceuticals is also eligible to earn tiered double-digit royalties on annual net sales for each program. This transaction is subject to clearances under the Hart-Scott Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.
July 31, 2015
05:31 EDTSTPWuxi Suntech loses lawsuit against ZKenergy
ZKenergy Science & Technology announced that the company has won the lawsuit against Wuxi Suntech Power over contract disputes and received the Notice of Judgment on July 23, in reference to Case Sushang First Trial-00022. ZKenergy filed a lawsuit against Wuxi Suntech on September 1, 2014, alleging that the latter failed to perform its obligations under the terms of Solar Module Sales Contract and the supplementary agreement, and requiring Wuxi Suntech to restitute the payment totaling RMB 206M and to be liable for breach of the agreements. ZKenergy received the notice that the court had agreed to hear the case on September 3, 2014. Wuxi Suntech filed a counterclaim to ZKenergy's claim on December 25, 2014, requiring ZKenergy to pay its loss of RMB 246.6M.
July 30, 2015
14:15 EDTYGE, TSLSharp to halt production of thin solar cells, Nikkei says
Sharp (SHCAY) plans to stop producing thin solar cells due to heightened price competition from Asian rivals, reports Nikkei. The publication notes that the company will use its Sakai thin solar cell plant to instead produce solar panels for residential use. Publicly traded companies in the space include Canadian Solar (CSIQ), First Solar (FSLR), JA Solar (JASO), SunPower (SPWR), Trina Solar (TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (YGE). Reference Link
09:10 EDTAZNAstraZeneca CEO: Acquisition purchasing prices 'pretty hefty,' Reuters reports
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07:25 EDTAZNCharles River, AstraZeneca renew strategic partnership agreement
Charles River Laboratories International (CRL) announced that it has extended its initial three-year partnership with AstraZeneca (AZN) for an additional five-year period. Under the agreement, which extends into 2020, Charles River retains its position as AstraZeneca’s preferred strategic partner for outsourced regulated safety assessment and development DMPK.
05:57 EDTAZNRoche submits filing to FDA for companion diagnostic for NSCLC drug therapy
Roche announced it has submitted the cobas EGFR Mutation Test v2 for Premarket Approval, or PMA, to the FDA, as a companion diagnostic test for AZD9291, an AstraZeneca (AZN) investigational therapy for non-small cell lung cancer patients with an acquired resistant mutation. Patients with non-small cell lung cancer who have adenocarcinoma with tumor containing an EGFR sensitizing mutation show significant benefit from currently available EGFR TKI therapies. However, approximately two-thirds of these patients will relapse and develop drug resistance. In many cases, this resistance is caused by an acquired mutation called T790M. The cobas EGFR v2 test can aid clinicians to appropriately select NSCLC patients who have acquired the T790M mutation and are most likely to benefit from AstraZeneca's novel therapy.
July 29, 2015
10:00 EDTTIFOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:01 EDTTIFTiffany initiated with a Buy at Mizuho
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July 28, 2015
07:20 EDTAZNBrookings Institute to hold a public meeting
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July 27, 2015
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 24, 2015
11:01 EDTTSL, YGESolarCity rises after analyst says second half outlook strong
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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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05:36 EDTBHPBHP Billiton reports FY15 group production up 9%
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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
08:09 EDTYGEYingli Green Energy subsidiary selected for 50MW solar power plant in China
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