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June 16, 2014
09:55 EDTBIIB, BIIBDeutsche Bank biotech analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analyst Karnauskas discusses Biogen Idec's product pipeline on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on June 18 at 10:30 am.
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July 24, 2015
07:14 EDTBIIBBiogen drops 6% to $362 after Q2 revenue miss, guidance cut
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07:13 EDTBIIBBiogen says TYSABRI did not demonstrate impact on change in infarct volume
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06:54 EDTBIIBBiogen cuts FY15 non-GAAP EPS $15.50-$15.95 from $16.60-$17.00, consensus $16.63
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06:52 EDTBIIBBiogen reports Q2 total multiple sclerosis product sales $2.1B
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06:50 EDTBIIBBiogen reports Q2 non-GAAP EPS $4.22, consensus $4.10
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July 23, 2015
15:05 EDTBIIBNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
13:42 EDTBIIBBiogen technical remarks ahead of earnings
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08:03 EDTBIIBBiogen update 'promising,' says RBC Capital
RBC Capital says that there were negative aspects to yesterday's update on the trial results of Biogen's Alzheimer's treatment. Specifically, the 6 mg version of the drug only slightly improved patients' performance on one cognition test compared with the most recently chosen group of ten patients taking placebos, and did not improve their performance at all on another cognition test. However, RBC says that the drug did improve patients' performance on both tests versus the 20+ patients who were in a previous placebo group. Additionally, the firm reports that the cognition test on which the patients taking the drug outperformed versus the newer placebo group is more widely accepted than the other cognition test. RBC sees a 50%-60% chance that the drug will succeed.
07:00 EDTBIIBBiogen July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
Biogen July weekly call option implied volatility is at 77, August is at 37, September is at 34; compared to its 52-week range of 23 to 46, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q2 results on July 24.
July 22, 2015
10:59 EDTBIIBBiogen drops after reporting data on Alzheimer's drug
The shares of Biogen (BIIB) are falling after the company released data on its Alzheimer's treatment candidate, aducanumab. Peer Eli Lilly (LLY) also reported data this morning on its own experimental Alzheimer's drug, solanezumab. BIOGEN: Biogen's data "does not inspire confidence," Piper analyst Joshua Schimmer wrote in a note to investors today. The 6 mg dose of the drug performed similarly to the 1mg dose, and was barely better than the placebo, the analyst stated. The cognitive and functional performance of the patients who took the 6 mg dose did not improve by a statistically significant amount, while the results of patients taking the other doses were "noisy,"Schimmer stated. Additionally, indications of excess fluid in the brain was observed in a significant number of patients, representing an additional problem for the treatment, the analyst believes. The data "is far from inspiring confidence" and makes the outlook for aducanumab "more speculative than ever," Schimmer contended. LILLY: Also this morning, Eli Lilly presented results from a pre-specified secondary analysis of several Phase 3 studies at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference. According to the company, the results suggest the treatment effect of solanezumab was preserved within a pre-specified amount in patients with mild Alzheimer's disease who received solanezumab earlier in the disease compared to patients who began treatment at a later point. Treatment differences in cognition and function between early-start and delayed-start groups at the end of the placebo-controlled period were preserved at the primary time point of 108 weeks within a pre-defined margin. Treatment differences in cognition and function between early-start and delayed-start groups at the end of the placebo-controlled period were also preserved at an additional time point of 132 weeks within a pre-defined margin.The differences at 108 weeks and at at 132 weeks remained statistically significant, the company said. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Biogen fell 3% to $397.43 while Eli Lilly shares rose 0.6% to $86.11.
10:01 EDTBIIBOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:28 EDTBIIBBiogen downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after Alzheimer's data
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09:22 EDTBIIBBiogen downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at Piper Jaffray
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09:07 EDTBIIBOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:19 EDTBIIBBiogen drops 4.8% to $390 after reporting Alzheimer's drug data
06:50 EDTBIIBBiogen's Alzheimer's candidate shows reduction of clinical decline
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July 21, 2015
06:24 EDTBIIBPiper expects 'stronger, bolder' move from Biogen
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06:12 EDTBIIBBiogen implied volatility of 50 at upper end of index
July 20, 2015
07:32 EDTBIIBAlzheimer's Association to hold a conference
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July 15, 2015
07:58 EDTBIIBAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
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