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December 31, 2012
12:34 EDTCG, BMY, CALM, DUF, HLF, PFEOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
Stocks on Wall Street were mixed at midday as the last minute fiscal cliff negotiations may prove to be a boost, or a bane, to the averages in the last hours of trading of the year. With little else for investors to key in on, the fiscal cliff headlines will dominate once again for the remainder of the session... ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S. a minor economic report, the Dallas Fed's December manufacturing survey, came in better than expected at +6.8. In China, the HSBC purchasing managersí index for December rose to a final reading of 51.5, an upward revision from the preliminary 50.9 result and an improvement from 50.5 a month earlier... COMPANY NEWS: After Friday's closing bell, the FDA announced it had approved the anti-clotting drug Eliquis, marketed by Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMY) and Pfizer (PFE). Atlantic Equities upgraded Bristol-Myers citing the approval and shares advanced about 1%. Pfizer shares, however, slid about 0.3%... MAJOR MOVERS: Among the notable gainers was Duff & Phelps (DUF), up 20% after agreeing to be acquired by a group led by The Carlyle Group (CG), with the provision that Duff & Phelps can continue to seek a better deal. Also higher were shares of Herbalife (HLF), which rose over 8% as the stock continues to bounce back from the sell-off begun with Bill Ackman's revelation of his short position. Among the noteworthy losers was Cal-Maine Foods (CALM), down 10% after reporting Q2 earnings that missed expectations... INDICES: Near noon, the Dow was down 2.10, or 0.02%, to 12,936.01; the Nasdaq was up 20.07, or 0.68%, to 2,980.38; and the S&P 500 was up 3.80, or 0.27%, to 1,406.23.
News For BMY;PFE;DUF;CG;HLF;CALM From The Last 14 Days
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November 18, 2015
12:01 EDTBMYBristol-Myers Squibb says Opdivo data shows 'superior' overall survival
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08:11 EDTPFE, BMYIMS Health forecasts global drug spending to increase 30% by 2020 to $1.4T
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08:06 EDTPFEPfizer says Phase 3 XALKORI trial shows 'positive' results
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07:02 EDTPFEMerck KGaA, Pfizer win FDA breakthrough therapy designation for Avelumab
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06:09 EDTPFEValeant's Addyi sees hardly any sales, Bloomberg says
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November 17, 2015
16:42 EDTHLFJustice Department announces criminal charges against supplement maker USPlabs
The U.S. Department of Justice, along with partners at the Food and Drug Administration, Federal Trade Commission, Postal Inspection Service, and Internal Revenue Service, announced a "nationwide sweep" targeting more than 100 makers and marketers of dietary supplements. The agencies noted, "The actions discussed today resulted from a year-long effort, beginning in November 2014, to focus enforcement resources in an area of the dietary supplement market that is causing increasing concern among health officials nationwide. In each case, the department or one of its federal partners allege the sale of supplements that contain ingredients other than those listed on the product label or the sale of products that make health or disease treatment claims that are unsupported by adequate scientific evidence." Among the cases announced Tuesday is a criminal case charging USPlabs and several of its corporate officers with various counts associated with the unlawful sale of dietary supplements, obstruction of an FDA proceeding, and conspiracy to commit money laundering. The Department also filed in the past week five civil cases seeking injunctive relief against a number of businesses and individuals that allegedly sold supplements as disease cures or that were otherwise in violation of the law. The cases involve various entities, including Vibrant Life, Viruxo, Optimum Health, Bethel Nutritional, VivaCeuticals, and Regeneca, said the agency. Note that shares of GNC (GNC), Herbalife (HLF), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Natural Health (NHTC) all slipped Tuesday following early reports of criminal charges in the dietary supplement space. Reference Link
15:10 EDTHLFDOJ files indictment against USPLabs over Supplements, FDA Law Blog says
Shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI), and Herbalife (HLF) were all weak this afternoon on concerns that they would be the target of the FDA's action. Reference Link
13:09 EDTHLFHerbalife says not aware of being named in DOJ supplement action, Bloomberg says
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12:35 EDTHLFHerbalife puts active on headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions
Herbalife November 47 and 50 puts are active on total put volume of 9,800 contracts (2,400 calls) following Bloomberg headlines of DOJ briefing on supplement actions. November put option implied volatility is at 113, December is at 55; compared to its 52-week range of 34 to 126. Active put volume suggests traders taking positions for wide price movement.
12:28 EDTHLFGNC, Vitamin Shoppe, Herbalife at lows following DOJ supplement advisory
The Department of Justice said in a media advisory that it plans to announce at 3:30 pm today its actions related to dietary supplements sales and unlawful ads. Following the press advisory, shares of GNC Holdings (GNC), Vitamin Shoppe (VSI) and Herbalife (HLF) are at session lows, though none of the companies were named in the advisory.
11:35 EDTCGFinancing backing Carlyle's purchase of Symantec's Veritas pulled, Reuters says
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10:47 EDTBMYBristol-Myers strength attributed to sale chatter
The move higher in shares of Bristol-Myers (BMY) is being attributed by traders to chatter of a sale. The stock is up 2%, or $1.06, to $66.08 in morning trading. The unconfirmed talk has the company possibly approaching Gilead (GILD) about buyout interest. Bristol's market capitalization is just above $110B while Gilead's is just above $150B. Shares of Gilead are up 74c to $104.55.
05:22 EDTPFEStocks with implied volatility movement; P PFE
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Pandora (P) 104, Pfizer (PFE) 29 according to iVolatility.
November 16, 2015
17:10 EDTHLFSoros took stake in Paypal, liquidated Herbalife stake
Soros Fund Management gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this afternoon. NEW STAKES: Paypal (PYPL), CIT Group (CIT), Schlumberger (SLB), Kraft Heinz (KHC), and Amazon (AMZN). INCREASED STAKES: Allergan (AGN), Lions Gate (LGF), Energen (EGN), Southwest Airlines (LUV), and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR). DECREASED STAKES: LyondellBasell (LYB), YPF (YPF), Time Warner Cable (TWC), Dow Chemical (DOW), and Monsanto (MON). LIQUIDATED STAKES: Herbalife (HLF), Lennar (LEN), DR Horton (DHI), United Continental (UAL), and Nice Systems (NICE).
17:05 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces FDA accepts for priority review sBLA for Opdivo
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company announced that the U.S. FDA has accepted for filing and priority review a supplemental Biologics License Application for Opdivo for the treatment of patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma who have received prior anti-angiogenic therapy. The FDA previously granted Opdivo Breakthrough Therapy Designation for this indication, underscoring the critical need for new treatment options for patients with advanced RCC who have received prior therapy. The projected FDA action date is March 16, 2016.
13:32 EDTPFECantor helps Moelis clinches advisory role for Pfizer, Reuters reports
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09:59 EDTPFEOmega bought Valeant in Q3, sold some SuneEdison
Leon Cooperman's Omega Advisors gave a quarterly update on its stakes in a filing this morning, disclosing its positions as of September 30. NEW STAKES: Pfizer (PFE), Valeant (VRX) Walgreens Boots Alliance (WBA), TerraForm Global (GLBL), Cigna (CI). INCREASED STAKES: Google Class A (GOOGL), Facebook (FB), Delta Air Lines (DAL). DECREASED STAKES: SunEdison (SUNE), Shire (SHPG), Citi (C), KAR Auction (KAR), LyondellBasell (LYB). LIQUIDATED STAKES: McKesson (MCK), 21st Century Fox (FOXA), General Motors (GM), QEP Resources (QEP), eBay (EBAY).
07:00 EDTBMYBristol-Myers announces data from Phase 3 ALLY-3+ trial for Daklinza
Bristol-Myers announced late-breaking data from the Phase 3 ALLY-3+ trial investigating a regimen of Daklinza in combination with sofosbuvir and ribavirin in genotype 3 hepatitis C patients with advanced fibrosis or cirrhosis, for treatment durations of 12 and 16 weeks. This patient population is one of the most difficult to treat, among whom sustained virologic response rates, or cure, have proved harder to achieve. The results show that 100% of patients in the advanced fibrosis cohort achieved SVR12 in both the 12- and 16-week arms of the study. SVR12 rates were 83% and 89% in patients with cirrhosis in the 12- and 16-week arms, respectively.
06:33 EDTPFEPfizer, Allergan deal brings focus on U.S. tax-inversion deals, Reuters says
Pfizer's (PFE) takeover bid for Allergan (AGN) has refocused financial markets over a potential move by the U.S. Treasury Department against tax-inversion deals, Reuters reported Friday. The outlook for such a move remained unclear on Friday, the report says. Reference Link
November 15, 2015
18:13 EDTPFEAllergan, Pfizer targeting late November merger deal, FT says
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