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May 20, 2014
09:15 EDTLIVE, DNDN, GPK, TJX, ICPT, CAB, MRK, IRDM, NVS, CCL, ARX, ODP, DKS, ECYT, CLVS, OPHT, ACXM, URBN, SPLSOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
HIGHER: Aeroflex (ARX), up 25% after agreeing to be acquired by Cobham for about $1.46B... Clovis (CLVS), up 6.6% after receiving breakthrough therapy designation for CO-1686... Ophthotech (OPHT), up 17.6% after entering into an ex-U.S. licensing, commercialization agreement with Novartis (NVS) for Fovista... Dendreon (DNDN), up 9% after announcing presentation of PROVENGE ProACT, IMPACT studies data... Iridium (IRDM), up 5% after upgraded at Raymond James... Acxiom (ACXM), up 3% after upgraded at Wells Fargo... Carnival (CCL), up 2% following upgrade at Morgan Stanley. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Dick's Sporting (DKS), down 15%. Peer Cabelas (CAB) also down 2% after Dick's report... Staples (SPLS), down 10%. Peer Office Depot (ODP) also down 2.6% after Staples' report... Urban Outfitters (URBN), down 4%... TJX (TJX), down 4.7%. ALSO LOWER: Intercept (ICPT), down 5.8% after The Street reported that the company knew of abnormal cholesterol levels in patients taking its liver disease drug obeticholic acid... Graphic Packaging (GPK), down 3% after offering 43.65M shares of common stock for holders... LiveDeal (LIVE), down 15% after entering 10M share common stock distribution agreement... Endocyte (ECYT), down 5% after company and partner Merck (MRK) withdraw CMA for vintafolide in Europe.... Molycorp (MCP), down 2.5% after downgraded at Morgan Stanley.
News For DKS;CAB;SPLS;ODP;ICPT;URBN;ARX;TJX;ACXM;CCL;GPK;OPHT;NVS;DNDN;CLVS;IRDM;LIVE;ECYT;MRK From The Last 14 Days
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February 24, 2015
06:51 EDTODPOffice Depot reports Q4 adjusted EPS 7c, consensus 4c
Reports Q4 revenue $3.83B, consensus $3.91B
05:17 EDTMRKMerck collaborates with Medicines Patent Pool to expand Raltegravir access
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February 23, 2015
16:12 EDTOPHTOphthotech reports Q4 EPS ($1.06), consensus (57c)
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15:00 EDTNVSFDA approves Farydak for treatment of multiple myeloma
The FDA approved Farydak for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer that arises from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell, found in bone marrow. Farydak is the first HDAC inhibitor approved to treat multiple myeloma. It is intended for patients who have received at least two prior standard therapies, including bortezomib and an immunomodulatory agent. Farydak is to be used in combination with bortezomib, a type of chemotherapy, and dexamethasone, an anti-inflammatory medication. Farydak is marketed by Novartis.
13:40 EDTNVSAnalysts clash on Spectrum outlook after patent suit setback
Two research firms had divergent views on Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) after a judge ruled that a drug which could compete with the company's Fusilev treatment does not infringe on the company's intellectual property. BACKGROUND: Late Friday, a federal judge ruled that Novartis' (NVS) levoleucovorin, a generic version of Spectrum's Fusilev, does not infringe on Spectrum's intellectual property. Fusilev is indicated after high-dose methotrexate therapy in osteosarcoma, a type of cancer that starts in the bones. It is also used to treat patients with advanced metastatic colorectal cancer. BEARISH TAKE: Roth Capital analyst Joseph Pantginis downgraded Spectrum to Neutral from Buy following the ruling, as he believes the risk to the company's revenue has risen. The company is meaningfully less likely to become profitable again, wrote Pantginis, noting that Fusilev accounted for about 50% of the company's product revenue. According to the analyst, Spectrum is becoming increasingly focused on developing its earlier stage drugs, and he expects those drugs to grow slowly. Pantginis slashed his price target on the shares to $7 from $15. BULLISH TAKE: In a note to investors earlier today, Reni Benjamin, an analyst at research firm H.C. Wainwright, wrote that the stock's plunge after the judge's ruling "creates a table-pounding buying opportunity," noting that Fusilev has been granted exclusivity as a colorectal treatment until 2018. Benjamin does not expect the company's revenue from Fusilev to decline at all until 2018, as a citizen's petition submitted by Spectrum to the FDA, along with an appeal the company is mounting to Friday's ruling, and the difficulty that Novartis will have launching its version of the drug while the appeal is ongoing, will help prevent Spectrum's revenue from dropping. Also likely to protect Spectrum's revenue are the strong relationships that the company has developed with hospitals and community doctors, the analyst stated. He kept a $15 price target and Buy rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-afternoon trading, Spectrum tumbled $1.44, or 19.3% to $6.02.
12:21 EDTNVSOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:17 EDTNVSFTC puts conditions on Novartis's proposed acquisition of GSK oncology drugs
According to the FTC, Global pharmaceutical company Novartis (NVS) has agreed to divest all assets related to its BRAF and MEK inhibitor drugs, currently in development, to Boulder, Colorado-based Array BioPharma (ARRY) to settle charges that Novartis’s $16B acquisition of GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely be anticompetitive...If the acquisition goes forward as proposed, Novartis would likely delay or terminate development of both its BRAF and MEK inhibitors, as well as the combination product. For that reason, Novartis’s acquisition of GSK’s portfolio of cancer-treatment drugs would likely cause significant competitive harm in the U.S. markets for both the BRAF and MEK inhibitors, ultimately raising prices for consumers and depriving them of potentially superior products. Under the terms of the proposed consent agreement, Novartis is required to provide transitional services to Array BioPharma to ensure that development of the BRAF and MEK inhibitors continues uninterrupted and that competition in BRAF and MEK inhibitor markets is not reduced. Reference Link
08:27 EDTMRKNGM Biopharmaceuticals to hold a teleconference
NGM Biopharm discusses the strategic collaboration with Merck to discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapeutics on a teleconference to be held on February 23 at 9:30 am. Webcast Link
08:01 EDTDKSDick's Sporting board increases quarterly dividend by 10%
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07:49 EDTGPKFebruary fall in paper prices a modest negative, says Jefferies
Jefferies notes that according to PPW, unbleached kraft paperboard and solid unbleached sulfate prices fell modestly in February due to weak frozen food and beverage demand. The firm views the drop in SBS prices as a modest negative for RockTenn (RKT)/MeadWestvaco (MWV), Graphic Packaging (GPK) and International Paper (IP). It feels the impact should be limited, however, given the lag on the pass throughs in the converting business.
07:14 EDTNVSSpectrum says plans to appeal patent suit loss to Novartis unit
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals (SPPI) confirmed in a regulatory filing that on February 20, the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada ordered that judgment be entered in favor of defendant Sandoz in the matter entitled Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. et al v. Sandoz Inc. "Spectrum Pharmaceuticals Inc. intends to appeal this decision and the ultimate outcome of this litigation remains uncertain," the company stated. Sandoz is the generic pharmaceuticals division of Novartis (NVS).
07:04 EDTMRKMerck, NGM Biopharmaceuticals announce multi-year collaboration
NGM Biopharmaceuticals and Merck announced they have entered into a multi-year collaboration to research, discover, develop and commercialize novel biologic therapies across a wide range of therapeutic areas. This agreement will become effective upon the expiration of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The collaboration includes multiple drug candidates currently in preclinical development at NGM, including NP201, which is being evaluated for the treatment of diabetes, obesity and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. NGM will lead the research and development of the existing preclinical candidates and have the autonomy to identify and pursue other discovery stage programs at its discretion. Merck will have the option to license all resulting NGM programs following human proof of concept trials. If Merck exercises this option, Merck will lead global product development and commercialization for the resulting products, if approved. Under the terms of the agreement, Merck will make an upfront payment to NGM of $94M and will purchase a 15 percent equity stake in NGM for $106M at a price per share that represents a 20% premium to NGM’s most recent financing. Merck will commit up to $250M to fund all of NGM’s efforts under the initial five-year term of the collaboration, with the potential for additional funding if certain conditions are met. Prior to Merck initiating a Phase 3 study for a licensed program, NGM may elect to either receive milestone and royalty payments or, in certain cases, to co-fund development and participate in a global cost and revenue share arrangement of up to 50%. The agreement also provides NGM with the option to participate in the co-promotion of any co-funded program in the United States. Merck will have the option to extend the research agreement for two additional two-year terms.
February 20, 2015
07:20 EDTSPLSWal-Mart wage increase may pressure Target, Staples, Reuters says
Wal-Mart's (WMT) wage increase announcement will likely pressure the retail, fast-food, and restaurant sectors to potentially follow suit, reports Reuters, citing an Edward Jones analyst and the managing director of consultancy firm Strategic Resource Group. The analysts specifically named Target (TGT) and Staples (SPLS). Reference Link
07:08 EDTMRK, NVSAmerican Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology to hold annual meeting
2015 Annual Meeting of AAAAI is being held in Houston, Texas on February 20-24.
February 19, 2015
16:31 EDTICPTIntercept promotes Lisa Bright to Chief Commercial & Corporate Affairs Officer
Intercept Pharmaceuticals announced that Lisa Bright has been promoted to the newly-created position of Chief Commercial and Corporate Affairs Officer. Bright joined Intercept last year from Gilead Sciences where her leadership of the European launch of Sovaldi for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C contributed to the most successful product launch in pharmaceutical history.
08:38 EDTMRKNewLink reports clinical development milestone achieved with Merck for rVSV-EBOV
NewLink Genetics (NLNK) announced that it had received notification from Merck (MRK) that the milestone event specified in the license and collaboration agreement between the two companies relating to the further development of the rVSV-EBOV, Ebola, vaccine candidate had been achieved. Under the terms of the agreement, NewLink Genetics will receive a payment of $20M in connection with the achievement of the milestone. The milestone pertains to the initiation of a key clinical trial for the vaccine.
07:12 EDTNVSWharton Health Care Club to hold a conference
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February 18, 2015
12:09 EDTCCLCarnival plans $85M port in Dominican Republic
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10:05 EDTOPHTOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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08:45 EDTOPHTOphthotech initiated with a Buy at Chardan
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