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December 31, 2012
12:34 EDTHLF, PFE, CG, BMY, CALM, DUFOn 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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February 2, 2016
08:53 EDTBMYPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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08:49 EDTPFEAxovant tumbles after Pfizer halts Alzheimer's study
Shares of clinical-stage drug company Axovant Sciences (AXON) are tumbling in pre-market trading after it came to light that a larger competitor halted its own study of a potential Alzheimer's disease treatment since the drug did not appear to have its intended effect in a clinical study. WHAT'S NEW: According to a post to the U.S. National Institutes of Health's ClinicalTrials.gov, Pfizer terminated its Phase 2 study evaluating the safety and efficacy of PF-05212377 in subjects with Alzheimer's disease with existing neuropsychiatric symptoms on donepezil. "The study was terminated October 23, 2015 as pre-specified, interim analysis futility criteria were met. The termination was not due to safety concerns," the site, which was last updated on January 29, stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Axovant's own experimental Alzheimer's therapy, RVT-101, is an orally administered, potent antagonist of the 5-hydroxytryptamine 6 serotonin receptors in the brain, which is a similar mechanism of action to Pfizer's drug candidate. RVT-101 is currently in Phase 3 trials. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Axovant shares fell $2.68, or 16%, to about $14 per share.
08:36 EDTPFEPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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07:42 EDTPFEPressure mounts on big pharma names to shrink, sharpen focus, FT says
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06:54 EDTPFEPfizer expects combination with Allergan to occur in 2H16
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06:52 EDTPFEPfizer sees FY16 adjusted EPS $2.20-$2.30, consensus $2.36
Sees FY16 revenue $49B-$51B, consensus $52.49B. Expects impact of January 2016 FX rates compared to 2015 FX rates to negatively impact adjusted EPS by 9c and revenue by $1.5B. Expects currency impact related to Venezuela to negatively impact EPS by 7c and revenue by $800M. Sees FY16 effective tax rate of approximately 24%. Sees FY16 adjusted R&D expenses $7.3B-$7.8B and adjusted SI&A expenses of $13.2B-$14.2B.
06:49 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q4 Innovative Products revenue $7.64B
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06:47 EDTPFEPfizer reports Q4 adjusted EPS 53c, consensus 52c
Reports Q4 revenue $14.05B, consensus $13.56B.
February 1, 2016
16:01 EDTPFEOptions Update; February 1, 2016
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14:32 EDTPFENotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include Exxon Mobil (XOM), consensus 64c... Pfizer (PFE), consensus 52c... United Parcel Service (UPS), consensus $1.42... Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 70c... Emerson Electric (EMR), consensus 51c... Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM), consensus 66c... Baxter (BAX), consensus 32c... Sirius XM (SIRI), consensus 3c... Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL), consensus 92c... Ally Financial (ALLY), consensus 51c... Michael Kors (KORS), consensus $1.46... ADT Corp. (ADT), consensus 46c.
13:25 EDTPFEEarnings Watch: Pfizer shares down approximately 12% since last earnings report
Pfizer (PFE) is scheduled to report fourth quarter earnings before the market open on Tuesday, February 2, with a conference call scheduled for 10:00 am ET. Pfizer, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, manufactures, and sells healthcare products worldwide. Its product portfolio includes medicines and vaccines, as well as various consumer healthcare products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 52c on revenue of $13.57B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 49c-54c on revenue of $13.08B-$13.99B. LAST QUARTER: After completing its Hospira acquisition in early September, Pfizer reported third quarter EPS of 60c, which beat consensus estimates of 51c, on revenue of $12.1B, which was also higher than consensus estimates of $11.56B. In Q3 Operational revenue growth in in developed markets was driven primarily by the performance of several key products, including Prevnar 13 in adults, Ibrance and Eliquis -- all products that are early in their life cycles as well as from Lyrica primarily in the U.S., and the inclusion of one month of legacy Hospira U.S. operations. In emerging markets, revenues increased 5% operationally, reflecting continued strong operational growth, primarily from the Innovative Products business. Operational revenue growth was partially offset primarily by the loss of exclusivity and associated generic competition for Celebrex in the U.S., Zyvox in the U.S. and Lyrica in certain developed Europe markets. With its Q3 earnings announcement the company raised its fiscal year 2015 earnings per share view to $2.16-$2.20 from $2.04-$2.10 against a raised revenue view of $47.5B-$48.5B from $46.5B-$47.5B. Commenting on the improved yearly view, the company CFO said "We raised our 2015 financial guidance for reported revenues and adjusted diluted EPS to reflect the strong performance to date of Pfizer-standalone, excluding legacy Hospira operations coupled with an improved business outlook for Pfizer-standalone for the remainder of the year.PFIZER-ALLERGAN DEAL. On November 23, Pfizer and Allergan (AGN) announced that their boards of directors have unanimously approved, and the companies have entered into, a definitive merger agreement under which Pfizer will combine with Allergan. Pfizer at the time said it anticipates the Allergan transaction will deliver more than $2B in operational synergies over the first three years after closing. Pfizer anticipates that the combined company will have a pro forma Adjusted Effective Tax Rate of approximately 17%-18% by the first full year after the closing of the transaction. The transaction is expected to be neutral to Pfizer's Adjusted Diluted EPS in 2017, modestly accretive beginning in calendar year 2018, more than 10% accretive in 2019 with high-teens percentage accretion in 2020. STREET RESEARCH: On December 1, Barclays analyst Geoff Meacham kept an Equal Weight rating on Pfizer after assuming coverage of the name. The analyst maintained a $34 price target for shares.On November 25, SunTrust upgraded Pfizer to Neutral and increased its price target to $37 from $34 on shares. Analyst John Boris said the Allergan deal makes strategic sense, providing much needed growth from earlier life cycle assets with limited therapeutic overlap. PRICE ACTION: Shares of Pfizer are lower by approximately 12% since its last earnings report on October 27. Pfizer shares are trading over 1% lower to $29.97 in afternoon trading ahead of Tuesday morning's earnings.
12:42 EDTHLFHerbalife names John Agwunobi Chief Health and Nutrition Officer
Herbalife announces that John Agwunobi has joined the company as its Chief Health and Nutrition Officer. Most notably, from 2005-2007, he served as the Assistant Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
10:49 EDTPFEPfizer technical comments before earnings
On the downside, an important support level to watch is at the $28 area. This level has been an important support since early 2013. If the news is a negative surprise, the $28 zone is likely to be tested from current levels. A breakdown below $28 would resolve the range bearishly. Next downside objectives may be at the following support levels: $27.30, $26.42. If the news is a bullish surprise, resistance levels to watch as potential upside objectives would be at $30.95, $31.78, and $32.91. A move above $32.50 would end the current longer-term downtrend.
09:27 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Alere (ALR), up 45.4% after announcing that Abbott (ABT) will acquire the company for $56 per share... Questar (STR), up 20.2% after announcing that Dominion (D) will acquire the company for $25 per share and assumed debt... Mast Therapeutics (MSTX), up 12.2% after the Phase 2a study of AIR001 met its primary endpoint... Twitter (TWTR), up 5.7% after The Information reported that Marc Andreessen and Silver Lake have considered a deal for Twitter... Herbalife (HLF), up 2.2% after the Wall Street Journal reported that probes into Bill Ackman's "pyramid scheme" accusations against Herbalife, as well as Herbalife's own accusations that Ackman sought to manipulate the company's stock, have both failed to uncover enough evidence to support criminal charges. LOWER: Dominion Resources, down 1.7% after reporting quarterly results and that it will acquire Questar... Abbott, down 4.1% after announcing that it will acquire Alere... GoPro (GPRO), down 4.4% after Piper Jaffray cut its price target to $7.50.
09:04 EDTHLFHerbalife moves higher in pre-market
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08:09 EDTPFEOptions expected to be active
Options expected to be active: GOOGL GOOG YHOO UPS KORS UPS BAX RCL CCL PFE AET D STR DWA CMG ABT SYK.
06:58 EDTPFE, BMYPortola Pharma licensed right to andexanet alfa to Bristol-Myers and Pfizer
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06:57 EDTPFE, BMYBristol-Myers and Pfizer sign collaboration with Portola Pharmaceuticals
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January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTHLFOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
19:24 EDTHLFHerbalife, Ackman probes fail to find criminal evidence, WSJ says
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