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February 12, 2014
06:46 EDTCADX, MNKCadence downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Wedbush
Wedbush downgraded Cadence (CADX) to Neutral saying Mallinckrodt's (MNK) $14 per share offer to acquire the company is a fair valuation.
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April 17, 2014
09:32 EDTMNKLeerink's specialty pharma/generics analyst has analyst/industry conference call
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April 16, 2014
08:34 EDTMNKPiper Jaffray tech and biopharma analysts hold analyst/industry conference call
Technical Analyst Johnson, along with BioPharma Analysts, discuss the recent downturn in the biotech and specialty pharmaceuticals industries on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on April 17 at 10 am.
April 15, 2014
07:42 EDTMNKFDA received two documents questioning Acthar, says Jefferies
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April 9, 2014
10:06 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
AmSurg (AMSG) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... CBOE Holdings (CBOE) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Carlyle Group (CG) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... FireEye (FEYE) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Fortune Brands (FBHS) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse... Gray Television (GTN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Hibbett Sports (HIBB) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... LinkedIn (LNKD) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Topeka... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS... NXP Semiconductors (NXPI) upgraded to Strong Buy from Outperform at Raymond James... Nexstar (NXST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Penn National (PENN) upgraded to Overweight from Equalweight at Barclays... Philip Morris (PM) upgraded to Neutral from Reduce at Nomura... SAIC (SAIC) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Sinclair Broadcast (SBGI) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Buy from Fair Value at CRT Capital... Danaher (DHR) upgraded to Strong Buy from Buy at ISI Group... Quanex (NX) upgraded at BB&T... Omnicell (OMCL) upgraded at Craig-Hallum... Volkswagen (VLKAY) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein... Magna (MGA) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Citigroup... Actavis (ACT) upgraded to Positive from Neutral at Susquehanna... E-Trade (ETFC) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at BofA/Merrill... AmerisourceBergen (ABC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at FBR Capital... CONSOL (CNX) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
06:02 EDTMNKMallinckrodt upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS
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April 8, 2014
10:03 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:55 EDTMNKMallinckrodt price target raised to $81 from $76 at BofA/Merrill
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07:41 EDTMNKMallinckrodt downside risk minimal from current levels, says Piper Jaffray
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07:20 EDTMNKMallinckrodt shares pressured on lingering Acthar concerns, says Jefferies
Jefferies says shares of Mallinckrodt (MNK) sold off yesterday despite "significant accretion potential" from the Questcor (QCOR) acquisition due to lingering Acthar concerns relating to generic competition and the ongoing U.S. Attorney's investigation. The firm says its accretion math suggests $3 in earnings per share by FY15, which it feels justifies a $75-$85 share range for Mallinckrodt. It keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $77 price target.
07:08 EDTMNKDrug deals increase to new high, Bloomberg says
M&A activity in the specialty pharmaceuticals industry has reached a new high after Mallinckrodt (MNK) recently bought Questcor (QCOR) for $5.6B, reported Bloomberg. Drugmakers from Actavis (ACT) to Valeant (VRX) are widening their suites of drugs through takeovers that immediately increased earnings with the help of lower corporate tax rates in countries such as Ireland. Reference Link
06:40 EDTMNKMallinckrodt upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital
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05:31 EDTMNKQuestcor downgraded to Hold from Buy at Jefferies
Jefferies downgraded Questcor (QCOR) to Hold with an $86 price target following the company's merger agreement with Mallinckrodt (MNK).
April 7, 2014
16:28 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:15 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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10:40 EDTMNKShort-seller target Questcor spikes after deal to be bought by Mallinckrodt
Questcor (QCOR) shares are sharply higher this morning after the company agreed to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) in a transaction valued at approximately $5.6B. WHAT'S NEW: Questcor, a biopharmaceutical company whose primary drug, H.P. Acthar Gel, is approved by the FDA for the treatment of 19 indications, will be acquired by Mallinckrodt for about $5.6B, made up of $30.00 per share in cash and 0.897 Mallinckrodt shares for each Questcor share they own. The total consideration equated to approximately $86.10 per Questcor share based on the closing price of Mallinckrodt shares on April 4. After the deal closes, Mallinckrodt shareholders will own approximately 50.5% and former Questcor shareholders will own approximately 49.5% of the combined company's stock. The deal is expected to immediately add to Mallinckrodt's fiscal 2014 adjusted earnings per share and significantly add to fiscal 2015 adjusted EPS. The transaction is targeted to close in the third quarter. On the companies' conference call discussing the merger, Questcor said it believes that its first quarter sales will be "somewhat lower" than the fourth quarter of 2013, but also "substantially higher" than last year's first quarter; the consensus estimate for Q1 revenue is $242.08M. Questcor also said that it sees a "favorable" tax structure and operating cash flow, as well as immediate value for shareholders. Mallinckrodt said sees about a 10% decline in the tax rate with the Questcor deal and believes it will realize immediate tax benefits. Mallinckrodt added that its focus will be on deleveraging in the coming months to allow for strategic acquisitions. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Of the 19 indications approved for Acthar, Questcor currently generates substantially all of its net sales from the following on-label indications: the treatment of proteinuria in the nephrotic syndrome of the idiopathic type, or NS, the treatment of acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis, or MS, in adults, the treatment of infantile spasms, or IS, in infants and children under two years of age, and the treatment of certain rheumatology related conditions. Questcor has been a frequent target of the short-selling blog Citron Research in the past. As recently as March 14, Citron Research claimed Questcor was "deceiving" the FDA and investors, alleging H.P. Acthar Gel's active ingredient is less than 20% of the label specification. PRICE ACTION: Questcor is trading up $11.48, or 16.91%, to $79.35 in mid-morning trading. Meanwhile, Mallinckrodt is down $1.70, or 2.72%, to $60.82.
09:10 EDTMNKOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Questcor (QCOR), up 27% after agreeing to be bought by Mallinckrodt (MNK) for cash, stock valued at $86.10 per Questcor share... Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO), up 25% after program shows "promising clinical activity" for advanced blood cancers, shares upgraded at JPMorgan... Vocus (VOCS), up 47% after agreeing to be acquired by GTCR for $446.5M, or $18.00 per share... Pandora (P), up 1.3% following upgrade at Wedbush. LOWER: MannKind (MNKD), down 13% after announcing FDA extension of PDUFA date for Afrezza... American Eagle (AEO), down 2.2% following downgrade at Cowen... Pfizer (PFE), down 2.8% after announcing data for palbociclib in metastatic breast cancer... Mattel (MAT), down 3% following downgrade at BMO Capital... WWE (WWE), down 1.2% after cautious mention in Barron's, company announcing WrestleMania 30 grossed $10.9M.
09:00 EDTMNKMallinckrodt rises 6.1%
Mallinckrodt is up 6.1%, or $3.83, to $66.35
07:16 EDTMNKMallinckrodt and Questcor hold a joint conference call
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07:08 EDTMNKQuestcor to be bought by Mallinckrodt for cash, stock valued at $86.10 per share
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07:04 EDTMNKQuestcor acquired by Mallinckrodt for $5.6B
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