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August 25, 2014
12:19 EDTANN, SNY, ITMN, GILD, LTM, RGDO, THI, QIHU, GSK, RHHBY, BKW, CELGOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street continued their recent run higher, pushing the S&P 500 above 2,000 for the first time ever. The benchmark index hit the record level despite a report that showed new home sales unexpectedly declined in July. At the lunch hour, the averages were just off their best levels and the S&P had dipped back just below the 2K milestone. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed's National Activity index jumped to 0.39 in July from an upwardly revised 0.21 in June. Markit's preliminary August services PMI came in at 58.5, which was down from a prior reading of 60.8 but above the 58.0 consensus projection. New home sales dropped 2.4% to a 412K rate in July, missing expectations for them to have risen to a 430K annualized rate. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of InterMune (ITMN) surged 35.5% to trade just below $73 per share near noon after the company agreed to be acquired by Roche (RHHBY) for $74.00 per share in an all-cash transaction. The deal announcement comes less than two weeks after Bloomberg reported that Roche, along with big pharmaceutical peers Sanofi (SNY) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), had made takeover bids for the smaller drugmaker. A number of other biotech companies gained following the deal announcement, including Gilead (GILD), which rose about 3%, and Celgene (CELG), which advanced 2%... Burger King (BKW) shares rose 19% after the company confirmed it is in talks regarding a potential strategic transaction with Canadian donut chain Tim Hortons (THI). The new publicly-listed company, which would be headquartered in Canada, would be the world's third-largest quick service restaurant company with about $22B in system sales and over 18,000 restaurants. Shares of Tim Horton's trading in New York also gained 20% following the confirmation of news reported by The Wall Street Journal over the weekend. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Life Time Fitness (LTM), which rose 10% after confirming the company has initiated a process to explore a potential conversion of its real estate assets into a Real Estate Investment Trust, or REIT. Also higher was Ann Inc. (ANN), which gained 4.5% after Engine Capital and Red Alder, who collectively own over 1% of the company's outstanding shares, urged the company to explore value creating opportunities, including a potential sale. Among the noteworthy losers was Regado Biosciences (RGDO), which plunged 60% and was downgraded at Deutsche Bank and Jefferies after the company announced the permanent termination of enrollment in its REGULATE-PCI phase 3 trial for its lead program. Also lower after its earnings report was Chinese Internet services provider Qihoo 360 (QIHU), which dropped 8%. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was up 96.27, or 0.57%, to 17,097.49, the Nasdaq was up 21.29, or 0.47%, to 4,559.85, and the S&P 500 was up 11.14, or 0.56%, to 1,999.54.
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November 12, 2014
07:22 EDTRHHBYAssociation of Molecular Pathology is holding annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of AMP is being held in National Harbor, Maryland on November 12-15.
November 11, 2014
16:14 EDTGILDLeerink biotech analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Biotech Analysts provide a preview of items being discussed at the upcoming 56th Annual Meeting of ASH including JAK inhibitors, novel Jakafi combinations for Myelofibrosis and developing compounds on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on November 17 at 10 am.
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 11, 2014
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15:43 EDTRHHBYLeerink major pharma & biotech analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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11:35 EDTGILDUBS holds a conference call with Gilead Sciences
UBS Biotech Analyst Roden, along with Dr. Bischofberger of Gilead Sciences, discuss the recently-held AASLD Meeting and the outlook of several GILD pipeline programs on a conference call to be held on November 13 at 4:30 pm.
10:14 EDTSNYRegeneron data reinforce blockbuster potential of dupilumab, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray believes the Phase IIb results for dupilumab in patients with moderate to severe asthma reported by Regeneron (REGN) and partner Sanofi (SNY) reinforce the broad potential of the drug in a range of allergic diseases. The firm reiterates its $416 price target and Overweight rating on shares of Regeneron.
08:07 EDTGILDGilead announces results from Phase 2 and 3 studies evaluating Harvoni
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08:05 EDTGILDGilead announces data from Phase 2 Sofosbuvir plus GS-5816 studies
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07:49 EDTANNBofA/Merrill retail and consumer analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
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05:26 EDTSNYRegeneron, Sanofi announce dupilumab Phase 2b study met primary endpoint
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November 10, 2014
16:07 EDTRHHBY, GSKUBS to hold a conference
UBS European Conference is being held in London, England on November 11-12.
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; November 10, 2014
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15:54 EDTSNYAmerican Society of Nephrology to hold a conference
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12:36 EDTANNAbercrombie, American Eagle sink after analyst downgrades
Shares of specialty teen apparel retailers Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) and American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) are falling after a number of analysts issued negative notes on the companies. WHAT'S NEW: Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva downgraded Abercrombie & Fitch to Perform from Outperform. The company's earnings outlook has become less clear as its U.S. brand has not yet become popular, and retail brand turnarounds usually take awhile, Oppenheimer analyst Anna Andreeva wrote in a note to investors. Additionally, Abercrombie's international business, which has deteriorated further this year, faces "mounting uncertainty, the analyst stated. The analyst slashed her price target on the name to $30 from $50. Meanwhile, Barclays analyst Matthew McClintock downgraded American Eagle Outfitters to Equal Weight from Overweight. McClintock has become more pessimistic about the outlook for American Eagle's comparative store sales in the second half of 2014, given recent data points from a number of retailers, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Kohl's (KSS), Wal-Mart (WMT), J.C. Penney (JCP), and Ann Inc. (ANN). The analyst said he saw no reason why American Eagle should significantly outperform the overall apparel sector. McClintock cut his price target on the name to $11 from $15. Meanwhile, the analyst lowered his rating on the Softline Retail sector to Negative from Positive, as he believes that the sector, which includes companies that sell products like apparel, towels, and jewelry - is facing structural difficulties that are likely to persist for the next several years. Separately, research firm Janney Capital downgraded Abercrombie to Neutral from Buy in a note to investors today. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Abercrombie & Fitch sank 3.5% to $28.50 and American Eagle dropped 4% to $12.40.
09:35 EDTGILDActive equity options trading
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09:20 EDTGILDOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:48 EDTGILDGilead rises after Merck presents data on HCV combo
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07:20 EDTGILDGilead overhang from Merck HCV combo removed, says Wells Fargo
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07:19 EDTCELGCredit Suisse to hold a conference
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05:48 EDTANNU.S. Retail Softlines industry cut to Negative at Barclays
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