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March 27, 2015
10:29 EDTSHPGBioMarin rises amid takeover speculation, price target raises
The shares of BioMarin (BMRN) are climbing after a blog reported last night that Shire (SHPG) is considering offering to acquire the company. Meanwhile, analysts at UBS and Deutsche raised their price targets for the orphan drug maker, in part due to the possibility of a takeover. WHAT'S NEW: "Well-informed" sources are saying that Shire recently approached BioMarin about a merger deal, Ben Harrington of the blog Betaville reported last night. It's not clear how far the talks have progressed, but Morgan Stanley and Lazard are advising Shire on a deal that could be worth $65B, the blog added. ANALYSTS' TAKE: The recent acquisition of Pharmacyclics (PCYC) by AbbVie (ABBV) shows that drug companies need to acquire products and pipelines, UBS analyst Andrew Peters wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Given its diversified pipeline of orphan products and multi-billion revenue potential, BioMarin is among the most attractive targets in the sector, according to Peters. As a result, the analyst finds it appropriate to assign premiums to drug companies for their strategic value. Additionally, the analyst has become more upbeat on several of BioMarin's pipeline drugs and on its R&D capabilities. He raised his price target on the stock to $136 from $112 and kept a Buy rating on the shares. Also upbeat on the stock was Deutsche Bank analyst Robyn Karnauskas. BioMarin's top four pipeline drugs have 25%-50% chances of succeeding, but not everything in the company's pipeline needs to work for it to obtain an M&A premium, the analyst stated in a note to investors today. She believes that BioMarin can be acquired for $194-$271 per share in the next year, depending on the data from several of its drug candidates. The analyst raised her price target on the name to $140 from $90 and kept a Buy rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, BioMarin jumped 13.5% to $130. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, BioMarin climbed 13.5% to $130.
09:34 EDTECAEncana initiated with an In-Line at Imperial Capital
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07:38 EDTSHPGBioMarin price target raised to $140 from $90 at Deutsche Bank
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05:58 EDTSHPGBioMarin price target raised to $136 from $112 at UBS
UBS analysts Andrew Peters and Matthew Roden raised their price target for BioMarin (BMRN) shares to $136 saying investors "are still well served" to buy the stock despite the recent outperformance and talk of a bubble in the Biotech space. The analysts view BioMarin as among the most attractive takeover targets in biotech. They add the company's 2015 is filled with pipeline catalyst and keep a Buy rating on the name. The target raise at UBS comes after Ben Harrington last night, former M&A and Markets Editor at the Daily Telegraph and current editor of the blog Betaville, said that Shire (SHPG) is weighing a takeover of BioMarin. Shares of the orphan drug maker closed yesterday down 7c to $115.55 and are trading up $8.95 to $124.50 in pre-market trading.
March 26, 2015
19:30 EDTSHPGBioMarin up 4% after blog says Shire weighing takeover
BioMarin (BMRN) is trading up over 4% in the after-hours after Ben Harrington, former M&A and Markets Editor at the Daily Telegraph and current editor of the blog Betaville, said that Shire (SHPG) is weighing a takeover of BioMarin. Reference Link
11:13 EDTSHPGBofA/Merrill European pharma analyst holds an analyst/industry conference call
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March 25, 2015
10:03 EDTWLBHigh option volume stocks
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March 23, 2015
10:08 EDTFTNTHigh option volume stocks
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09:45 EDTSHPGUBS to hold a field trip
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09:37 EDTSHPGActive equity options trading on open
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07:36 EDTSHPGPfizer should rise 'significantly' over next two years, says Jefferies
Jefferies analyst Jeffrey Holford told investors this morning that he expects shares of Pfizer (PFE) to appreciate "significantly" over the next two years. A survey of U.S. oncologists indicated the company's Ibrance drug will be used in 50% of first line hormonal therapy within one year, with off-label use in all lines of therapy including adjuvant, Holford noted. He thinks peak sales of the drug could top $13B, which is well above consensus. In addition, the analyst views Pfizer's Global Established Pharmaceutical business as being underappreciated by the market. Potential value creating options for the pharmaceutical giant include spinning off its GEP unit by 2017 and accretive acquisitions, with possible takeover targets being Shire (SHPG), Actavis (ACT), AstraZeneca (AZN) and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), in the eyes of Holford. He added the stock to the firm's Franchise Picks list, which encompasses its best ideas. He also raised his price target for Pfizer to $45 from $42. The stock closed Friday up 10c to $34.25.
March 20, 2015
15:40 EDTFTNTMore cybersecurity firms to come public amid high market demand, Reuters says
With shares of publicly traded cybersecurity companies having recently outperformed the market, a number of privately-held IT security names, including Rapid7, LogRythm and Mimecast, plan to go public in 2015 amid the high level of investor interest, said Reuters, citing people familiar with the matter. Publicly traded companies in the space include Barracuda Networks (CUDA), Check Point (CHKP), F5 Networks (FFIV), FireEye (FEYE), Fortinet (FTNT), Imperva (IMPV), Palo Alto (PANW), Proofpoint (PFPT), Qualys (QLYS) and Symantec (SYMC). Reference Link
10:00 EDTSHPGOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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09:41 EDTSHPGBernstein global specialty pharma analyst holds analyst/industry conference call
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08:12 EDTSHPGShire upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Bernstein
Bernstein upgraded Shire as the firm thinks that the stock's risk/reward ratio is positive following several new developments. Among these developments are the firm's belief that the company's orphan drug strategy looks increasingly strong, while the risks to the company's Vyvanse and mesalamines drugs look to have moderated and the company has several near-term, 2015 catalysts. Target $295.
March 18, 2015
10:00 EDTECAOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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08:08 EDTFTNTFortinet price target raised to $39 from $35 at Oppenheimer
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08:03 EDTTXMD, SHPGTherapeuticsMD names Angus Russell, J. Martin Carroll as directors
TherapeuticsMD (TXMD) announced the appointment of two biopharmaceutical senior executives, Angus C. Russell and J. Martin Carroll, as independent members of its board of directors, and that Randall S. Stanicky has stepped down from the board of directors. Angus C. Russell served as CEO of Shire PLC (SHPG) from June 2008 until April 2013. J. Martin Carroll served as president and CEO of Boehringer Ingelheim Corp. U.S. from 2003 until 2011.
07:22 EDTSHPGShire looking for 'transformational' deal, Betaville blog says
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07:04 EDTECAEncana upgraded to Buy from Hold at Desjardins
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