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August 25, 2014
12:19 EDTGILD, LTM, RGDO, THI, QIHU, GSK, RHHBY, BKW, CELG, ANN, SNY, ITMNOn 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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April 15, 2015
07:41 EDTSNYEBD Group to hold a forum
ChinaBio Partnering Forum 2015 is being held in Shanghai, China on April 15-16.
April 14, 2015
16:17 EDTLTMLife Time Fitness announces early termination of HSR waiting period
Life Time Fitness announced that it has received early termination of the required waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, with respect to its proposed acquisition by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners and TPG. As previously announced on March 16, the company has entered into a definitive merger agreement under which affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners and TPG will acquire Life Time in a transaction valued at more than $4B. Other key investors include LNK Partners and Life Time chairman, president and CEO, Bahram Akradi, who will remain in his role and has committed to make a rollover investment of $125 million in Life Time common stock. Under the terms of the merger agreement the investors will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Life Time Fitness common stock for $72.10 per share in cash. The merger is subject to approval from Life Time’s shareholders and other customary closing conditions. The transaction is currently expected to close in Q3.
06:30 EDTRHHBYRoche to seek to have cancer drug tested in 11 trials in 2015, Reuters says
Roche said it would seek to have its immunotherapy cancer drug, MPDL3280A, in 11 late stage trials by the end of 2015, aaccording to Reuters. The drug is being tested in melanoma, as well as lung, bladder, kidney, bowel and blood cancers, the news service noted. Reference Link
April 13, 2015
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; April 13, 2015
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10:01 EDTRHHBYRoche acquires CAPP Medical
Roche announced it has acquired CAPP Medical, a genomics research company founded by Stanford University oncologists and industry veterans, to advance the development of technology for cancer screening and monitoring through the detection of circulating tumor DNA in blood.
09:34 EDTGILD, CELGActive equity options trading on open
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06:22 EDTANNGap, Target, others scrutinized by NY AG over staffing practices, WSJ says
Several major retailer including Gap (GPS) and Target (TGT) are under investigation by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over their staffing practices and whether they require workers to show up or stay home with little notice, The Wall Street Journal reports. Schneiderman sent letters warning Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF), JC Penney (JCP), Urban Outfitters (URBN), TJX Cos (TJX), Ann Inc (ANN), L Brands (LB), Burlington Stores (BURL), Sears Holdings (SHLD), Williams-Sonoma (WSM) and J Crew Group that he believes the chains are using on-call scheduling and that such practices may be in violation of New York laws. Reference Link
05:09 EDTCELGCelgene to purchase 14.35M shares of Mesoblast stock for A$3.82 per share
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April 12, 2015
19:33 EDTCELGCelgene takes stake in Australia's Mesoblast, the Australian says
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April 10, 2015
16:05 EDTGILDOptions Update; April 10, 2015
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13:04 EDTQIHUStreet Check: JD.com up 20% since William Blair upgrade last month
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April 9, 2015
09:18 EDTANNBofA/Merrill retail analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
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06:12 EDTGILDSovaldi prices causes Medicaid spending for hepatitis C drugs to soar, WSJ says
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April 8, 2015
15:19 EDTRHHBYRoche says receives European approval for Avastin plus chemotherapy
Roche announced that the European Commission approved Avastin -- bevacizumab -- in combination with standard chemotherapy for the treatment of adult patients with persistent, recurrent or metastatic carcinoma of the cervix. The EU approval was based on the significant survival benefit in the pivotal GOG-0240 study, which showed that women who received Avastin plus chemotherapy had a statistically significant 26% reduction in the risk of death, representing a median improvement in survival of nearly four months, compared to women who received chemotherapy alone.
April 7, 2015
17:58 EDTGILDGilead submits NDA for investigational combination for treatment of HIV-1
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16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; April 7, 2015
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07:24 EDTCELGCelgene Otezla has growing opportunity, says Bernstein
After interviewing small groups of New York City area dermatologists, Bernstein believes that Celgene's psoriasis,treatment, Otezla, has a growing opportunity, due to its oral dosing, convenience, and lack of immunosuppression. The firm quotes doctors as saying that the drug serves as a useful "stepping stone," for patients who might need more intensive therapy, but want to postpone or avoid biologic Bernstein keeps a $158 price target and Outperform rating on Celgene.
07:14 EDTRHHBY, GSK, SNYEyeforpharma to hold a summit
Philadelphia 2015 Commercial Pharma Summit is being held in Philadelphia on April 7-8.
April 6, 2015
07:36 EDTGILDGilead Q1 HCV revenue poised to beat expectations, says RBC Capital
After analyzing weekly prescription data, RBC Capital believes that Gilead's weekly hepatitis C prescriptions are tracking towards $3.5B-$3.6B of revenue from hepatitis C drugs for Q1, versus the consensus outlook of about $2.6B. The firm keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
April 5, 2015
14:43 EDTGILDActavis seeks FDA approval to market generic version of Gilead's Letairis
Actavis (ACT) on Friday, confirmed that it has filed an Abbreviated New Drug Application with the FDA seeking approval to market Ambrisentan Tablets, 5 mg and 10 mg. Actavis' ANDA product is a generic version of Gilead Science's (GILD) Letairis, which is a treatment for pulmonary arterial hypertension. Gilead Sciences and Royalty Pharma Collection Trust filed suit against Actavis on April 1, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware seeking to prevent Actavis from commercializing its ANDA product prior to the expiration of U.S. Patent number RE42,462. The lawsuit was filed under the provisions of the Hatch-Waxman Act, resulting in a stay of final FDA approval of Actavis' ANDA for up to 30 months from the date the plaintiffs received notice of Actavis' ANDA filing or until final resolution of the matter before the court, whichever occurs sooner, subject to any other exclusivities. Based on available information, Actavis believes it may be a "first applicant" to file an ANDA for the generic version of Letairis and, should its ANDA be approved, may be entitled to 180 days of generic market exclusivity. For the 12 months ending December 31, Letairis had global sales of approximately $595M, according to Gilead.
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