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June 3, 2014
10:09 EDTCNC, WCG, GILDCentene, WellCare decline after analyst rejects takeover speculation
Shares of Medicaid plan operators Centene (CNC) and WellCare (WCG) are declining after Citigroup wrote that Ascension Health is not buying a publicly traded Medicaid health plan, as was previously rumored. Ascension Health is a nonprofit healthcare provider. Citigroup cut its rating on Centene to Sell from Neutral in a note to investors earlier today. WHAT'S NEW: Ascension Health is not buying a publicly traded Medicaid plan, as some had speculated last week, Citigroup analyst Carl McDonald stated. Last week Ascension's CEO reportedly said that it was in talks to acquire an unnamed insurance company that operates in 18 states, leading research firm Leerink to speculate that Ascension was likely looking to buy WellCare or that it may be interested in buying Centene. But McDonald rejected both scenarios, as he reported that Ascension recently wrote that the purchase price of the insurer it was poised to buy would not be material. Meanwhile, after rising 6% over the last week, Centene's stock doesn't seem to be adequately reflecting the risk to the company's earnings over the near-term, contended McDonald. The cost of Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi hepatitis C drug, along with the addition of new markets with low profit margins, are likely to weigh on Centene's earnings, the analyst wrote. The long-term outlook for Medicaid remains positive, but Centene's stock is likely to reach a more favorable entry point in the future, according to McDonald, who has a $65 price target on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Centene fell 3.5% to $73 and WellCare gave back 2% to $76.
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October 14, 2014
12:41 EDTGILDGilead retreats following Johnson & Johnson comments on HCV drug
Shares of Gilead (GILD), which has developed a hepatitis C treatment, are retreating after Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) said it would seek to make its own hepatitis C treatment accessible and competitive. Some investors believe that Johnson & Johnson's comments suggest that it will cut the price of its hepatitis C drug. WHAT'S NEW: Johnson & Johnson said on its earnings conference call today that it was "committed" to its treatment for hepatitis C virus, or HCV. The company added that it intends to remain competitive in the space and would look to make its HCV treatment, Olysio, accessible. In a separate development today, The Wall Street Journal reported that Abbvie (ABBV), which also has an HCV treatment, may have to consider pricing its HCV drug more aggressively after Gilead received FDA approval for Harvoni, the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection. One analyst quoted by The Journal, Roger Longman, said that AbbVie should consider pricing its drug at $76,000 for a 12 week regimen, representing a 20% discount to Harvoni, which will be priced at $94,500 for a full 12 week regimen. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors earlier today, RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee wrote that the weakness in Gilead's stock today has created a buying opportunity. Johnson & Johnson probably can't reduce the price of its Olysio drug much, since it is often used in combination with Gilead's Sovaldi, which costs $84,000 for 12 weeks, RBC Capital analyst Michael Yee wrote in a note to investors today. The price of AbbVie's treatment is unlikely to be much below Sovaldi's price, the analyst stated. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Gilead, along with a number of other drug companies, may also be under pressure because Ireland is reportedly closing its "Irish Double" tax loophole. Gilead is one of the companies that currently benefits from the "Irish Double," but Yee says that closing the loophole should only have a "minimal" impact on Gilead. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Gilead fell 3.3% to $98.10, AbbVie gained 1.7% to $54.53 and Johnson & Johnson lost 0.6% to $98.52.
11:52 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; APC GILD
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11:10 EDTGILDGilead weakness today overdone, says Deutsche Bank
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10:51 EDTGILDGilead weakness a buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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10:41 EDTGILDGilead weakness a buying opportunity, says RBC Capital
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10:11 EDTGILDGilead volatility increases on wide price movement
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10:05 EDTGILDAbbVie could cause Hep C price tipping point with aggressive pricing, WSJ says
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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09:14 EDTGILDJ&J sees FY14 pre-tax operating margin significantly improved vs. FY13
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October 13, 2014
16:02 EDTGILDOptions Update; October 13, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 3.71 to 39.56. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX SUNE GILD BAC PBR according to Track Data.
09:56 EDTGILDBernstein biotech analyst to hold an analyst/industry conference call
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08:36 EDTGILDGilead HARVONI launch should be strong, says BMO Capital
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07:56 EDTGILDGilead Harvoni pricing 'very reasonable,' says RBC Capital
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07:39 EDTGILDPharmaceutical Care Management Association to hold annual meeting
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October 10, 2014
14:08 EDTGILDGilead 12-week regimen of Harvoni to cost $94.5K
Gilead said its newly-approved treatment of hepatitis C genotype 1 infection, Harvoni, will be priced at $94,500 for a full 12 week regiment, according to multiple media outlets, which cite a company spokesperson.
13:55 EDTGILDGilead confirms FDA approval of Harvoni
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13:42 EDTGILDGilead hepatitis C treatment Harvoni approved by FDA
The FDA announced the approval of Harvoni to treat chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection. Harvoni is the first combination pill approved to treat chronic HCV genotype 1 infection, the agency stated. It is also the first approved regimen that does not require administration with interferon or ribavirin, two FDA-approved drugs also used to treat HCV infection, it added. Harvoni is marketed by Gilead.
13:40 EDTGILDFDA approves Gilead hepatitus C treatment Harvoni
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08:19 EDTGILDMedivir announces Janssen initiates enrolment in phase II IMPACT study
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07:21 EDTGILDFDA PDUFA Date for Gilead Sciences Sofosbuvir is October 10, 2014
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