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August 25, 2014
12:19 EDTQIHU, GSK, RHHBY, BKW, CELG, ANN, SNY, ITMN, GILD, LTM, RGDO, THIOn 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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December 9, 2014
08:34 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $130 from $102 at Argus
Argus hiked its price target on Celgene as the firm thinks the company posted solid Q3 results, while it is continuing to make progress in its pipeline. Argus keeps a Buy rating on the shares.
08:28 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $130 from $112 at UBS
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07:44 EDTCELG, RHHBY, GSKAmerican Association for Cancer Research to hold a symposium
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05:46 EDTCELGCelgene presents POMALYST/IMNOVID Phase IIIb study results at ASH meeting
Celgene announced that results from the STRATUS trial, a single-arm phase IIIb study of pomalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma were presented at the 56th American Society of Hematology annual meeting. Pomalidomide is marketed as POMALYST in the United States and IMNOVID in the European Union. In the study, 599 patients with refractory, or relapsed and refractory, disease who had previously failed lenalidomide and bortezomib had been enrolled at the time of the data cutoff. The primary endpoint was safety, and key secondary endpoints included pomalidomide exposure, overall response rate, or ORR, duration of response, or DOR, progression-free survival, or PFS, overall survival, or OS, and cytogenetic analyses. Patients had a median five prior therapies. All patients received thromboprophylaxis with low-dose aspirin, low-molecular-weight heparin, or equivalent. At a median follow-up of 6.8 months with a median four cycles received, the median PFS and OS were 4.2 months and 11.9 months, respectively. The ORR was 35%, with 8% of patients achieving at least a very good partial response, or VGPR. The median DOR was 6.8 months. In patients refractory to prior lenalidomide or lenalidomide and bortezomib, similar PFS, OS, and ORR were achieved.
05:37 EDTGSKGlaxoSmithKline downgraded to Underperform from Neutral at BofA/Merrill
BofA/Merrill downgraded GlaxoSmithKline to Underperform citing a lack of pipeline catalysts and its belief the European pharma sector is close to fair value.
05:22 EDTCELGCelgene reports REVLIMID study data suggests improved response rates, PFS, OS
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05:17 EDTCELGCelgene reports Vidaza Phase III study shows doubled overall survival times
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December 8, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; December 8, 2014
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14:06 EDTCELGCelgene reports luspatercept, sotatercept increased hemoglobin levels in trials
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13:54 EDTCELGCelgene announces results from phase lll Revlimid study
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13:32 EDTGSKEpizyme announces results for PRMT5 inhibitor
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10:02 EDTGILDGilead presents follow-up data from Zydelig registrational studies
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07:36 EDTCELGAgios announces Celgene to extend discovery phase of collaboration to April 2016
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) announced that Celgene (CELG) has elected to extend the period of its exclusivity for an additional year to April 2016 under the global strategic collaboration agreement. The two companies have been working together since April 2010 to discover, develop and commercialize disease-altering therapies in oncology arising from Agios' cancer metabolism research platform. The terms of the collaboration extension are consistent with previously agreed upon financial terms. As a result of the extension, Celgene will maintain its exclusive option to drug candidates that emerge from Agios' cancer metabolism research platform through April 2016. Agios will receive a $20M payment. Following this extension, the discovery portion of the collaboration will expire on April 14, 2016. Under the terms of the original agreement announced in April 2010, Agios leads research, preclinical and early development efforts through Phase 1, while Celgene receives an option to obtain exclusive rights either upon IND acceptance or at the end of Phase 1, to further development and commercialize medicines emerging from Agios' cancer metabolism research. Celgene would lead and fund global development and commercialization of some of these drugs, and Agios would retain development and commercialization rights for certain drugs in the United States. On all programs, Agios is eligible to receive up to $120M in milestone-based payments as well as royalties on any sales.
07:17 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $131 from $120 at Cantor
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06:47 EDTBKWBurger King coverage resumed with a Buy at Goldman
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05:35 EDTCELGCelgene REVLIMID, low-dose dexamethasone increased PFS
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December 7, 2014
16:40 EDTCELGAgios announces new data from Ongoing Phase 1 trial of AG-221
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14:10 EDTCELGAmerican Society of Hematology to hold a meeting
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13:16 EDTCELGCelgene, Acceleron announced data from luspatercept phase 2 clinical trial
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December 6, 2014
09:28 EDTCELGCelgene to hold an analyst and investor event
Analyst and Investor Event being held in conjunction with the American Society of Hematology's 56th Annual Meeting in San Francisco on December 7 at 11 pm. Webcast Link
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