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August 21, 2014
07:57 EDTGILD, ABBVGilead HCV risks overblown, says Bernstein
Bernstein believes that investors are concerned about upcoming competition to Gilead's (GILD) HCV drug from AbbVie's (ABBV) HCV treatment. But Bernstein says that insurers can only prevent 16% of the U.S. population from receiving Gilead's drug, and the firm does not expect the HCV market share dynamics to change in the near-term. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
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July 24, 2015
09:21 EDTABBVAbbVie sees IMBRUVICA U.S. sales of about $1B for 2015
AbbVie Chairman and CEO Richard Gonzalez said the company continues to expect IMBRUVICA to drive U.S. sales of approximately $1B for the full calendar year 2015. Since the company completed the Pharmacyclics transaction, it has seen "additional positive data" and progress on its regulatory objectives, including readouts from two Phase 3 studies, HELIOS and RESONATE-2, noted Gonzalez during the company's Q2 earnings conference call.
07:56 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 Viekira sales $385M, Q2 Imbruvica sales $234M
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07:55 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 Global Humira sales up 16.4% to $3.54B
Strong U.S. HUMIRA growth continued, driven by double-digit growth across all three major market categories, rheumatology, dermatology and gastroenterology. Reported international HUMIRA sales growth in the quarter was reduced by nearly 18 percent due to unfavorable foreign exchange. First-half 2015 international HUMIRA sales grew nearly 9 percent on an operational basis, consistent with planning expectations and the full year forecast for international HUMIRA sales growth of 9 to 10 percent on an operational basis. As noted last quarter, the first-quarter international operational growth rate of nearly 15 percent was favorably impacted by the timing of shipments in select markets. Consequently, sales growth in the second quarter was negatively impacted by shipment timing.
07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie backs FY15 adjusted EPS $4.10-$4.30, consensus $4.24
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07:54 EDTABBVAbbVie reports Q2 adjusted EPS $1.08, consensus $1.06
Reports Q2 revenue $5.48B, consensus $5.62B
06:27 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $131 from $120 at Piper Jaffray
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July 23, 2015
15:05 EDTABBVNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's open, with earnings consensus, include AbbVie (ABBV), consensus $1.06... Biogen (BIIB), consensus $4.10... Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.36... State Street (STT), consensus $1.37... V.F. Corp. (VFC), consensus 36c... Johnson Controls (JCI), consensus 91c... American Airlines (AAL), consensus $2.60... Rockwell Collins (COL), consensus $1.30... Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), consensus 4c... Lear (LEA), consensus $2.48... Encana (ECA), consensus (15c).
14:55 EDTABBVAbbVie technical comments before earnings news
The stock is trading close to its life high at $71.60 ahead of earnings news. On a 2-year chart basis recent high price and the near-matching high from December of last year indicates shares are at major resistance. If the news is a bearish surprise, these two peaks in price could be construed as potential double top. Next supports below $70 would be at $68.50, $66.52, and $64.81. If the news is a bullish surprise, the life high could easily be taken out. An extension of the current bullish price channel in time yields a potential target at $75. Without overhead resistance, that level could be exceeded depending on the nature of the news.
13:56 EDTABBVEarnings Watch: AbbVie sees Q2 EPS $1.04-$1.06
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12:45 EDTGILDGilead July weekly volatility elevated into Q2 and outlook
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July 22, 2015
10:01 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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07:04 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at SunTrust
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July 21, 2015
14:12 EDTGILDGilead reports study of E/C/F/TAF met primary endpoint
Gilead Sciences announced detailed 48-week data from an open-label Phase 3 study evaluating its investigational once-daily single tablet regimen of elvitegravir 150 mg, cobicistat 150 mg, emtricitabine 200 mg and tenofovir alafenamide 10 mg, or E/C/F/TAF, among 1,436 virologically suppressed adult patients switching from tenofovir disoproxil fumarate-containing regimens. The study met its primary endpoint by demonstrating non-inferiority of E/C/F/TAF to the TDF-based regimens at Week 48. The study also demonstrated statistical superiority among patients with HIV-1 RNA levels less than 50 copies/mL at Week 48 and statistically significant improvements in bone and renal laboratory parameters. These data were presented in an oral session at the 8th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment & Prevention in Vancouver, Canada. Among the 1,436 patients who were randomized in the study, virologic success rates at Week 48 were higher in patients taking E/C/F/TAF, 97% versus 93% for all TDF-based regimens; difference in percentages: 4.1%, 95% CI: 1.6% to 6.7%. The rates of virologic failure were similar between the two arms, with E/C/F/TAF, 1.0% and TDF-based regimen, 1.3%. General safety was similar between the two arms through 48 weeks of treatment, with similar percentages of patients in each group having any adverse events. Adverse events leading to treatment discontinuation were more common among patients treated with a TDF-based regimen.
July 20, 2015
07:33 EDTGILDInternational AIDS Society to hold a conference
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July 17, 2015
10:21 EDTGILDCigna says 98.4% of customers treated with hep C drug Harvoni are cured
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09:04 EDTABBVAbbVie granted FDA orphan status for Viekira Pak in pediatric patients
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09:03 EDTGILDGilead granted orphan status for gastric cancer treatment
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08:06 EDTABBVAbbVie, C2N Diagnostics announce orphan drug designation of C2N-8E12
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July 16, 2015
09:22 EDTGILDBristol-Myers says EU approves Evotaz for treatment of HIV-1 infection in adults
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July 15, 2015
07:58 EDTGILDAnalysts break down impact of $7.2B Receptos buyout
After Celgene (CELG) announced last night that the company has agreed to acquire Receptos (RCPT) for $232 per share in cash, or a total of about $7.2B net of cash acquired, research firms have chimed in with their opinions on how the proposed deal may impact others in the biotech space. Receptos key asset is Ozanimod, which is being studied in Phase III trials for relapsing multiple sclerosis and ulcerative colitis. DERIVATIVE CALLS: Piper Jaffray analyst Edward Tenthoff told investors that he views Celgene's deal for Receptos as good for Arena Pharmaceuticals (ARNA). The analyst notes that Arena's APD334 is already showing dose-dependent decreases in circulating lymphocyte counts and that the company will initiate Phase II studies in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease this year. Tenthoff reiterates an Overweight rating and $7.50 price target on Arena, which has a market capitalization around $1B and closed yesterday up 8c to $4.47. In its own note to investors this morning, Nomura said Celgene's deal could put downward pressure on Biogen's (BIIB) long-term multiple sclerosis estimates. Nomura's M. Ian Somaiya contended that one-year Phase II efficacy data for Ozanimod looked as good as Novartis’s (NVS) Gilenya and Biogen's Tecfidera’s Phase III at year 2. Somaiya also wondered if rival Gilead (GILD) could be "looking for something bigger" than Receptos for its own deal, telling investors that the firm views Incyte (INCY) as Gilead's most likely takeout target. Incyte's shares closed up $4.46 at $117.46 yesterday, giving the company a market cap of about $20B. RIVAL BID?: Wedbush analyst Liana Moussatos believes another bidder may seek to acquire Receptos, noting that she previously estimated Receptos could be valued at $348 per share, or about $10.9B, in a buyout. Moussatos noted that Celgene said it expects annual peak sales for Ozanimod to reach about $4B-$6B for RMS and UC, making its acquisition price of $7.2BN only a bit more than about 1X peak sales without accounting for other possible indications or the rest of its pipeline. Moussatos told investors she sees "plenty" of potential upside to justify a rival bidder stepping in and reiterated the firm's Outperform rating on Receptos shares. PRICE ACTION: In pre-market trading, Receptos rose 10% to $228.61 while Gilead gained 1.4% to about $119 per share.
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