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August 6, 2014
12:59 EDTSHPG, MDT, ABBV, COVCovidien drops as Treasury explores ways to stymie inversions
Shares of medical device and drug maker Covidien (COV) are falling after multiple media outlets reported that the Treasury Department is looking into ways of curtailing tax inversion deals. Covidien has agreed to be acquired by Medtronic (MDT) in a tax inversion deal. BACKGROUND: Tax inversions refer to an acquisition of one company, usually officially based in a country in Europe or elsewhere, by a U.S. company, following which the acquiring company becomes domiciled in the same country as the company that it bought. The switch has the potential to significantly lower the acquiring company's tax rate. WHAT'S NEW: The Treasury Department is looking at options that would enable the Obama administration to curtail inversion deals without authorization from Congress, multiple media outlets reported last night and today. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Wells Fargo analyst Larry Biegelsen wrote that he believes that Medtronic would buy Covidien even if the transaction cannot be done as an inversion. At a conference in June, Medtronic CFO Gary Ellis said that his company would "do the deal whether it's an inversion or not inversion," Biegelsen stated. If no inversion is possible, Medtronic would respond by using less of its stock and more debt to fund the transaction, the analyst believes. Such a change would actually cause Medtronic's cash earnings per share to be higher in the first and second year after the deal than under the current structure, the analyst indicated. He kept an Outperform rating on Medtronic. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Covidien dropped 2% to $84.50 and Medtronic fell 1% to $61.50. Meanwhile, drug maker Shire (SHPG), which has agreed to merge with its peer AbbVie (ABBV) in a tax inversion deal, is falling 4% to $236.
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January 29, 2016
09:52 EDTABBVAbbVie: 2% of FY15 operational growth from price increases
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09:44 EDTABBVGilead slips as another drug enters Hepatitis C virus space
Shares of Gilead (GILD), a leader in the hepatitis C virus treatment space, are sliding this morning after one competitor's hep C drug was granted FDA approval and another's sales disappointed. Additionally, Gilead reported its own news, announcing a shakeup of the roles held by its top executives. MERCK APPROVAL: Merck (MRK) announced last night that the FDA has approved Zepatier for the treatment of adult patients with chronic hepatitis C virus, or HCV, genotype, or GT, 1 or GT4 infection. Merck has established a list price of $54,600 for a 12-week regimen of Zepatier, which the company said it believes to "be in the range of net prices for other commonly used HCV direct-acting antiviral regimens at 12 weeks of therapy." In contrast, a 12-week regimen of Gilead's Sovaldi is reported to be priced at $84,000. Merck added that it anticipates that this price, as well as its "strategy to seek broad coverage across commercial and public segments," will help broaden and accelerate patient access to treatment. ABBVIE RESULTS: Meanwhile, Gilead competitor AbbVie (ABBV) announced financial results for the fourth quarter this morning. AbbVie announced Q4 sales of Viekira Pak, its own hep C treatment, of $554M, including U.S. sales of $197M and international sales of $357M. Analysts expected AbbVie to report Q4 Viekira sales of $568.5M, according to a Bloomberg consensus estimate that factored in four forecasts. EXECUTIVE CHANGES: Additionally, Gilead announced this morning that current chairman and CEO John Martin will assume the role of executive chairman, effective March 10. John Milligan, currently president and COO, will be promoted to CEO and appointed to the company's board. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Gilead shares slipped 3.5% to $84.50, while AbbVie fell 2.4% to $54.53 and Merck (MRK) gained 1% to $49.75.
09:38 EDTABBVAbbVie sees FY16 Humira revenue growth in high-teens
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09:35 EDTABBVAbbVie sees Q1 adjusted EPS $1.13-$1.15, consensus $1.15
Guidance excludes 11c of non-cash amortization and specified items. Sees Q1 revenue growth just above 20%, consensus $6.06B.
09:30 EDTABBVAbbVie says FY16 to be 'milestone-filled'
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09:21 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Gigamon (GIMO), up 17.7%... Fortinet (FTNT), up 10%... Flextronics (FLEX), up 10%... Skyworks (SWKS), up 5.7%... Seagate Technology (STX), up 4.9%.. Microsoft (MSFT), up 4.6%. ALSO HIGHER: Inovio Pharmaceuticals (INO), up 8.1% after CEO says Zika vaccine could enter human testing this year... J.C. Penney (JCP), up 2.1% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Credit Suisse... BRF S.A. (BRFS), up 3.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Axiall (AXLL), up 83.4% after rejecting $20 per share acquisition proposal from Westlake Chemical (WLK)... Energous (WATT), up 12% after Bloomberg reported that Apple (AAPL) is working with partners in the U.S. and Asia to develop new wireless charging technology. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Amazon.com (AMZN), down 10.1%... Electronic Arts (EA), down 6.2%... AbbVie (ABBV), down 4%... American Airlines (AAL), down 1.3%. ALSO LOWER: Gilead Sciences (GILD), down 5.5% after CEO John Martin to assume role of executive chairman and COO John Milligan will be promoted to CEO.
07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie backs FY16 adjusted EPS $4.90-$5.10, consensus $5.03
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07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q4 adjusted net revenue $6.36B, consensus $6.39B
Global HUMIRA sales increased 16% on an operational basis to $3.72B, excluding the impact of foreign exchange. Exceptional U.S. HUMIRA growth of 20.7% was driven by continued momentum across all three major market categories - rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology. International HUMIRA sales growth was also strong in the fourth quarter, up 9.7 percent on an operational basis. Reported international HUMIRA sales growth in the quarter was reduced by 13.1 percent due to unfavorable foreign exchange. Fourth-quarter global IMBRUVICA net revenue was $343 million, with U.S. sales of $295 million and international profit sharing of $48 million for the quarter.
07:52 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q4 adjusted EPS $1.13, consensus $1.12
Reports Q4 revenue $6.40B, consensus $6.39B.
07:49 EDTABBVBristol-Myers, AbbVie receive 'positive' CHMP opinion for Empliciti
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January 28, 2016
14:29 EDTABBVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
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13:05 EDTABBVAbbVie volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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10:05 EDTSHPGHigh option volume stocks
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07:12 EDTABBVAbbVie intiates enrollment in Phase 3 clinical program for Elagolix
AbbVie (ABBV), in cooperation with Neurocrine Biosciences (NBIX), announced the initiation of the first of two planned Phase 3 clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of Elagolix alone or in combination with add-back therapy compared to placebo. These studies are designed to assess the change in menstrual blood loss utilizing the alkaline hematin method, comparing baseline to month six of treatment. Additional secondary efficacy endpoints are being evaluated; including assessing changes in fibroid volume, monthly blood loss and hemoglobin levels. Bone mineral density will also be assessed.
05:54 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; EMR ABBV
Stocks with implied volatility movement; Emerson (EMR) 38, AbbVie (ABBV) 42 according to iVolatility.
05:37 EDTABBVAbbVie announces venetoclax granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by FDA
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January 27, 2016
12:19 EDTABBVPiper Jaffray biopharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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11:07 EDTABBVGilead sinks as Attorney General probes pricing strategy
Shares of drugmaker Gilead (GILD) are underperforming after Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey warned that her office may bring an unfair commercial conduct complaint against it related to the pricing for its Hepatitis C virus treatments Sovaldi and Harvoni. UNFAIR PRICING: Healey, in a letter addressed to Gilead CEO John Martin dated January 22 that has just been made public, said that her office is considering whether Gilead's pricing strategy for Sovaldi and Harvoni may constitute an "unfair trade practice" in violation of Massachusetts law. "Because Gilead's drugs offer a cure for a serious and life-threatening infectious disease, pricing the treatment in a manner that effectively allows HCV to continue spreading through vulnerable populations, as opposed to eradicating the disease altogether, results in massive public harm," Healey stated in her letter to Martin. Healey, who urged Gilead to adjust its pricing strategy, noted that the company has invoked the high cost and risk associated with research and development as a justification for its prices, but she said that Gilead quickly recouped its outlay to acquire Pharmasset by selling "$12.4B worth of HCV medication in the first year alone" after its deal. The AG, who said that Sovaldi costs $1,000 per pill in the U.S. but only $10 per pill in Egypt and about $4 per pill in India, contends that American taxpayers "have been footing the bill for Gilead's record profits." FREQUENT TARGET: The pricing of Gilead's hep C treatments have been the focus of significant criticism and political rhetoric in the past. In December, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden and senior committee member Chuck Grassley released the results of an 18-month investigation into the pricing and marketing of Sovaldi and Harvoni. The company "pursued a marketing strategy and final wholesale price of Sovaldi - $1,000 per pill, or $84,000 for a single course of treatment - that it believed would maximize revenue," and "fostering broad, affordable access was not a key consideration in the process of setting the wholesale prices," the senators wrote. Members of the Affordable Drug Pricing Task Force, who held a press conference last November to announce "meaningful action" to combat the "skyrocketing" costs of pharmaceuticals, specifically took aim at Sovaldi. During her campaigning efforts, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has repeatedly decried the "outrageous" prices of specialty drugs. OTHERS TO WATCH: AbbVie (ABBV), Merck (MRK) and Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) also market or are at work on therapies for hepatitis C. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Gilead slid 2% to $90.35.
January 25, 2016
17:16 EDTMDTMMS exploring sale of acute care unit, Reuters says
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07:02 EDTSHPGShire resubmits NDA for lifitegrast to FDA
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