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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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September 25, 2014
08:42 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $130 from $120 at Bernstein
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08:27 EDTGILDGilead viral suppression data for TAF better than expected, says UBS
UBS said the viral suppression data reported by Gilead from two studies of tenofovir alafenamide, or TAF, in HIV-1 treatment was better than expected and the firm expects the results to have a positive impact on adoption. The firm maintains its Buy rating and $125 price target on Gilead.
September 24, 2014
09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $118 from $111 at Piper Jaffray
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08:39 EDTGILDGilead's two TAF Phase 3 trials meet primary objectives
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06:45 EDTWCG, CNCGovernment says more health insurers to enter exchanges in 2015, NY Times says
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05:12 EDTGILDGilead submits NDA to Japan for fixed-dose combination of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir
Gilead Sciences announced that the company has submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to Japanís Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency, or PMDA, for approval of an investigational once-daily fixed-dose combination of the NS5A inhibitor ledipasvir, or LDV, 90 mg and the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, or SOF, 400 mg for the treatment of chronic genotype 1 hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection in adults. The data submitted in the NDA, which include a Japanese Phase 3 study showing 100 percent SVR12 rates, support the use of LDV/SOF for 12 weeks in treatment-naÔve and treatment-experienced patients with chronic genotype 1 HCV infection, including those with cirrhosis. Patients who achieve SVR12 are cured of HCV infection. If approved, LDV/SOF would simplify HCV treatment for genotype 1 patients in Japan to one daily tablet, eliminating the need for interferon and ribavirin, or RBV. LDV/SOF is currently under regulatory review in the United States and European Union.
September 23, 2014
08:07 EDTGILDFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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September 22, 2014
09:15 EDTGILDIntercept recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Summer Street
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07:40 EDTWCGWellCare Medicare Advantage margin outlook concerning, says Wedbush
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September 19, 2014
11:26 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; TSLA GILD
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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06:49 EDTCNC, WCGGovernment says 7.3M in private Obamacare plans, NY Times reports
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06:25 EDTGILDGilead granted marketing aurhotization from European Commission for Zydelig
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06:11 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $139 from $111 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Gilead shares to $139 saying management looks "very optimistic" that FY15 hepatitis C treatment volumes could be up substantially over FY14 rates globally. Citi also expects recent buybacks to boost Q4 earnings substantially and that future stock buybacks will drive appreciation. The firm keeps a Buy rating on Gilead.
September 18, 2014
12:12 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; PIR GILD
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08:17 EDTGILDGilead trial failure not material, says FBR Capital
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07:52 EDTCNCCentene subsidiary Sunshine Health awarded Commendable Accreditation from NCQA
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September 17, 2014
11:52 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; X GILD
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06:04 EDTGILDGilead's simtuzumab Phase 2 study for pancreatic cancer does not meet endpoint
Gilead announced results from a Phase 2 study evaluating simtuzumab, an investigational inhibitor of lysyl oxidase-like-2, in combination with gemcitabine for patients with previously untreated advanced pancreatic cancer. In the study, the addition of simtuzumab to gemcitabine did not significantly increase progression-free survival compared to placebo plus gemcitabine. There was no difference in adverse events between patients taking simtuzumab versus placebo. Simtuzumab is being evaluated in several ongoing Phase 2 trials, including for advanced colorectal cancer, myelofibrosis, as monotherapy for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, and for liver fibrosis. Other agents in Gileadís oncology pipeline are currently being evaluated in clinical trials for the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
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