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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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July 23, 2015
12:45 EDTGILDGilead July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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10:50 EDTCELGCelgene positioned for sustainable growth, says Piper Jaffray
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10:08 EDTQIHUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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07:37 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 Revlimid sales up 19% to $1.44B
ABRAXANE® sales for the second quarter were $244 million, a 13 percent increase. POMALYST®/IMNOVID® sales for the second quarter were $235 million, an increase of 46%. VIDAZA® sales in the second quarter remained flat year-over-year at $152 million. OTEZLA® sales for the second quarter were $90 million, increasing 49 percent over the first quarter of 2015.
07:37 EDTCELGCelgene raises FY15 adjusted EPS view to $4.75-$4.85 from $4.60-$4.75
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07:32 EDTCELGCelgene reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.23, consensus $1.20
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06:27 EDTRHHBYRoche CEO expects biosimilars in Europe by late 2017, Reuters reports
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05:46 EDTRHHBYRoche expects FY15 sales to grow low- mid-single digits
Expects FY15 core EPS to grow ahead of sales at constant exchange rates. Roche expects to further increase dividend in Swiss francs.
05:45 EDTRHHBYRoche reports 1H15 core EPS CHF 7.22 vs. 7.57 last year
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July 22, 2015
15:26 EDTCELGNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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10:15 EDTQIHUOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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09:28 EDTCELGBiogen downgraded to Neutral at Piper Jaffray after Alzheimer's data
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July 21, 2015
14:12 EDTGILDGilead reports study of E/C/F/TAF met primary endpoint
Gilead Sciences announced detailed 48-week data from an open-label Phase 3 study evaluating its investigational once-daily single tablet regimen of elvitegravir 150 mg, cobicistat 150 mg, emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide 10 mg, or E/C/F/TAF, among 1,436 virologically suppressed adult patients switching from tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-containing regimens. The study met its primary endpoint by demonstrating non-inferiority of E/C/F/TAF to the TDF-based regimens at Week 48. The study also demonstrated statistical superiority among patients with HIV-1 RNA levels less than 50 copies/mL at Week 48 and statistically significant improvements in bone and renal laboratory parameters. These data were presented in an oral session at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention in Vancouver, Canada. Among the 1,436 patients who were randomized in the study, virologic success rates at Week 48 were higher in patients taking E/C/F/TAF, 97% versus 93% for all TDF-based regimens; difference in percentages: 4.1%, 95% CI: 1.6% to 6.7%. The rates of virologic failure were similar between the two arms, with E/C/F/TAF, 1.0% and TDF-based regimen, 1.3%. General safety was similar between the two arms through 48 weeks of treatment, with similar percentages of patients in each group having any adverse events. Adverse events leading to treatment discontinuation were more common among patients treated with a TDF-based regimen.
12:47 EDTSNYPiper confident in Regeneron approval by Friday
After Amgen's (AMGN) Repatha received marketing authorization in Europe, making it the first of the anti-PCSK9 antibody to be approved worldwide, Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff expressed confidence that Regeneron (REGN) and Sanofi's (SNY) anti-PCSK9 antibody Praluent will be approved by Friday's FDA action date. Tenthoff believes Praluent will eventually be a blockbuster drug, but anticipates the launch to be slow. He keeps a Neutral rating on Regeneron with a $484 price target.
11:03 EDTCELGCelgene treatment of pediatric Crohn's disease receives FDA orphan designation
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07:05 EDTRHHBYOphthotech names Shima as Chief Scientific Officer, Bjarke as CCO
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06:29 EDTCELGCelgene price target raised to $160 from $147 at Piper Jaffray
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06:24 EDTCELGPiper expects 'stronger, bolder' move from Biogen
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July 20, 2015
07:33 EDTGILD, RHHBYInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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05:13 EDTRHHBYRoche expands HIV Global Access Program
Roche announced an expansion to the HIV Global Access Program to include early infant HIV diagnostic testing for low and middle income countries. Roche, in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, or UNAIDS, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, or CHAI, UNITAID, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, and the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, is committed to working with the Diagnostics Access Initiative by providing state-of-the-art solutions to achieve the 90-90-90 goal set forth by UNAIDS. Announced in 2014, the HIV Global Access Program is Roche's most recent addition to the AmpliCare Initiative, which launched in 2002 in South Africa.
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