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September 19, 2013
12:28 EDTRHHBY, BMRNBioMarin off highs after Roche CEO downplays takeover report
Drug maker BioMarin (BMRN) is climbing after a website reported that giant pharmaceutical company Roche (RHHBY) is planning to raise money in order to buy BioMarin. However, BioMarin's stock is well of its highs after Roche's CEO told Bloomberg that his company wasn't raising money for an acquisition. WHAT'S NEW: Roche is "on the verge" of raising up to $15 billion in debt that it would use to an acquire BioMarin, dealReporter stated earlier today, citing unnamed sources. The debt raise is being led by UBS (UBS), the website added. But in an interview today with Bloomberg, Roche CEO Severin Schwan denied that his company is raising funds for an acquisition. However, he refused to comment on what he called "rumors" of a potential acquisition of BioMarin by Roche. Schwan did say, though, he would pursue a "good strategic opportunity" if he saw one, Bloomberg noted. TODAY'S PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, BioMarin rose $1.30, or 1.7%, to $78.80, but was well off its high for the day of $80.67. Roche inched up 0.2% to $65.90.
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February 26, 2015
07:34 EDTBMRNBioMarin price target raised to $136 from $107 at Leerink
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05:57 EDTBMRNBioMarin sees non-GAAP profitability in 2017 on drisapersen approval
BioMarin said in last night's earnings release, "The acquisition of Prosensa in January 2015 adds exciting potential products to our rare disease portfolio. Importantly for shareholders, we believe the near-term approval of drisapersen in either the U.S. or Europe will drive us to profitability on a non-GAAP basis in 2017."
05:56 EDTBMRNBioMarin sees NDA submission for drisapersen in April
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February 25, 2015
16:12 EDTBMRNBioMarin sees 2015 revenue $840M-$870M, consensus $880.59M
On a constant currency basis, BioMarin revenue would have been between $885M-$915M. The company sees a 2015 GAAP loss ($360M)-($400M).
16:11 EDTBMRNBioMarin reports Q4 GAAP EPS (47c), consensus (59c)
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15:05 EDTBMRNNotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include salesforce.com (CRM), consensus 14c... Avago Technologies (AVGO), consensus $1.94... L Brands (LB), consensus $1.80... Workday (WDAY), consensus (6c)... BioMarin (BMRN), consensus (59c)... Concho Resources (CXO), consensus 84c... Antero Resources (AR), consensus 28c... Medivation (MDVN), consensus $1.34... Transocean (RIG), consensus 77c... Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM), consensus 9c... SINA Corporation (SINA), consensus 18c.
07:18 EDTRHHBYG Corp to hold annual meeting
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06:14 EDTBMRN, RHHBYPTC Therapeutics takeout price likely tops $100/share, said Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse yesterday raised its price target for PTC Therapeutics (PTCT) shares to $100 from $66 after Reuters reported the drug market is starting a sale process with Shire (SHPG) and Biomarin (BMRN) as possible suitors. The firm believes a takeout is a likely outcome before or after data the Phase III data expected to be announced in October. PTC has Translarna Phase III trials ongoing in Duchenne muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis to support full approval in the U.S. Credit Suisse said yesterday in a note to investors that a takeout value for the company likely exceeds $100 per share. It believes PTC would be a good fit for Vertex (VRTX), Biogen (BIIB), Roche (RHHBY) and others. The firm kept an Outperform rating on the stock. PTC Therapeutics shares closed yesterday up $6.20 to $71.16.
February 24, 2015
09:06 EDTRHHBYRoche receives orphan status for treatment of pemphigus vulgaris
The FDA granted Roche's Genentech unit orphan status for rituximab, its treatment of pemphigus vulgaris.
07:05 EDTRHHBYRoche and BioMed X enter collaboration agreement to develop sensor technology
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February 23, 2015
16:27 EDTBMRNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street began the session in negative territory and remained there for most of the session, with the Nasdaq the lone index to post a small gain. The Dow was weighed down by shares of Boeing (BA), which slid after the stock received a downgrade. There was little in the way of positive economic news, as the most notable report showed existing homes were lower than expected due to a shortage of inventory. The averages drifted for most of the session, as investors may be waiting on the sidelines ahead of tomorrow’s banking panel testimony by Fed Chair Janet Yellen. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., the Chicago Fed national activity index rebounded to 0.13 in January, which was nearly in-line with expectations. Existing home sales dropped 4.9% to a 4.82M rate in January, which was much worse than the expected 1.8% drop to a 4.95M unit rate. In Europe, the Ifo Institute’s measure of German business confidence rose to 106.8 in February, which was up a tenth of a percentage point from the previous month but below the 107.7 consensus forecast. Also, the Bank of Israel became the latest central bank to cut rates this year, lowering its main interest rate to 0.1% from 0.25%. COMPANY NEWS: The shares of a number of health insurers rose after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS, issued preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage rates. According to Credit Suisse, the rates were favorable for the insurers. Following the CMS announcement made late Friday, Humana (HUM) climbed $8.40, or 5.38%, to $164.52, UnitedHealth (UNH) rose $3.78, or 3.36%, to $116.40, and WellCare (WCG) gained $4.68, or 5.53%, to $89.30. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was PTC Therapeutics (PTCT), which jumped $9.77, or 17.7%, to $64.96 after Reuters said the company is working with financial advisers to explore a potential sale after receiving takeover interest from several companies including Shire (SHPG) and BioMarin (BMRN). Also higher was Valeant (VRX), which rose $25.49, or 14.71%, to $198.75 after the company agreed to buy Salix (SLXP) for $158 per share and also reported better-than-forecast earnings. Salix shares, however, fell $2.09, or 1.32%, to $155.76, as a report Friday from CNBC's David Faber telegraphed the deal and suggested Valeant could value Salix around $160 per share. Among the noteworthy losers was Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI), which dropped $1.18, or 15.82%, to $6.28 after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. Also lower were shares of Boeing, which fell $3.57, or 2.26%, to $154.74 after the stock was downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman Sachs. INDEXES: The Dow fell 23.60, or 0.13%, to 18,116.84, the Nasdaq gained 5.01, or 0.1%, to 4,960.97, and the S&P 500 slipped 0.64, or 0.03%, to 2,109.66.
12:29 EDTBMRNPTC Therapeutics exploring potential sale, Reuters reports
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06:21 EDTRHHBYFacebook's shuttle drivers approve new union contract, WSJ reports
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTRHHBYDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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07:23 EDTRHHBYAbbVie replaces Pfizer as top global pharma pick at Jefferies
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February 19, 2015
18:25 EDTRHHBYPiper Jaffray biotech analyst to hold analyst/industry conference call
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09:09 EDTRHHBYLeerink's life science tools analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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06:45 EDTRHHBYStudy shows Roche's treatments equal to Eylea in most cases, NY Times says
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05:31 EDTRHHBYExelixis announces acceptance of NDA for Genentech cobimetinib
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05:26 EDTRHHBYFDA grants Genentech cobimetinib priority review for combination use
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