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August 21, 2014
07:57 EDTABBV, GILDGilead 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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October 20, 2014
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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07:47 EDTABBVPfizer less likely to renew Astra pursuit after Shire deal breakdown, FT says
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07:11 EDTABBVAmerican Society for Reproductive Medicine to hold annual meeting
2014 Annual Meeting of ASRM is being held in Honolulu on October 18-22.
06:56 EDTABBVShire reopens acquistion talks with NPS Pharmaceuticals, Cubist, Telegraph says
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October 17, 2014
16:55 EDTABBVStocks end volatile week lower amid oil price plunge
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16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; October 17, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 1.75 to 38.58 Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA TWTR AMZN FB NFLX GILD CLF PBR according to Track Data.
10:00 EDTABBVOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on
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08:47 EDTABBVAbbVie initiated with a Buy at ISI Group
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07:07 EDTABBVShire may be buyer instead of target if AbbVie deal breaks, WSJ says
Assuming AbbVie's (ABBV) deal to buy Shire (SHPG) gets cancelled, which appears likely at this point, many analysts and investors believe Shire will become a buyer and Leerink Partners estimates the company could have $10B to use for a takeover deal, reported The Wall Street Journal. AbbVie will also be likely to look for other deals and could be forced to pay up for them, as its top seller, Humira, moves closer to losing patent exclusivity, the Journal said, citing analysts. Reference Link
05:55 EDTABBVStocks with implied volatility movement; ABBV CSX
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October 16, 2014
16:29 EDTABBVShire price target lowered to $198 from $278 at Leerink
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15:10 EDTABBVAmerican College of Gastroenterology to hold annual meeting
ACG Annual Scientific Meeting 2014 to be held in Philadlephia, PA on October 17-22.
13:31 EDTGILDGilead announces Harvoni Notice of Compliance from Health Canada
Gilead Sciences announced that Health Canada has issued a Notice of Compliance for Harvoni. Harvoni combines the NS5A inhibitor ledipasvir with the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, granted marketing authorization under the tradename Sovaldi in December 2013. The efficacy of Harvoni has been established in patients with chronic hepatitis C virus genotype 1 infection, with a treatment duration of eight, 12 or 24 weeks depending on prior treatment history, cirrhosis status and baseline viral load. Eight weeks of treatment with Harvoni can be considered for treatment-naive patients without cirrhosis who have baseline HCV viral load below 6M IU/mL. New Drug Submission applications are pending in Australia and New Zealand.
12:04 EDTABBVStocks with call strike movement; ABBV GM
AbbVie (ABBV) January 60 call option implied volatility decreased 5% to 29, General Motors (GM) March 33 call option implied volatility decreased 4% to 39 according to IVolatility.
08:58 EDTABBVAllergan was pressured by AbbVie news, says BMO Capital
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08:52 EDTABBVAbbVie price target lowered to $59 from $71 at BMO Capital
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06:17 EDTABBVJefferies says Medtronic 'needs to do' Covidien takeover
Jefferies says it "can't see how Medtronic walks" from the Covidien (COV) takeover given how compelling the merger is. The firm confirmed with Medtronic (MDT) that nothing has changed in the company's commitment to the deal since new financing terms were announced on October 3. In Jefferies view, "Medtronic needs to do this deal." It notes the spread on the acquisition widened significantly on the news that Abbvie (ABBV) is reconsidering its acquisition of Shire (SHPG).
05:37 EDTABBVShire releases statement regarding AbbVie withdrawal of recommendation
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05:21 EDTABBVAbbVie recommends holders vote against Shire transaction
Following Shire's (SHPG) waiver of the three-day notice period, AbbVie (ABBV) announces its board withdraws its recommendation made on July 18 regarding the proposed Shire transaction and recommends that stockholders vote against the transaction. AbbVie and its board made this determination following a detailed consideration of the impact of the U.S. Department of Treasury's unilateral changes to the tax rules, as issued on September 22. The breadth and scope of the changes, including the unexpected nature of the exercise of administrative authority to impact longstanding tax principles, and to target specifically a subset of companies that would be treated differently than either other inverted companies or foreign domiciled entities, introduced an unacceptable level of uncertainty to the transaction. Additionally, the changes eliminated certain of the financial benefits of the transaction, most notably the ability to access current and future global cash flows in a tax efficient manner as originally contemplated in the transaction. This fundamentally changed the implied value of Shire to AbbVie in a significant manner. Under the conditions of AbbVie's offer and the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, the withdrawal of the recommendation alone will not cause a lapse of AbbVie's offer or terminate the Co-operation Agreement between AbbVie and Shire. Unless Shire and the U.K. Takeover Panel agree otherwise, AbbVie must convene an AbbVie stockholder meeting to consider the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement. AbbVie's offer will lapse if the company's stockholders do not adopt the agreement. Assuming Shire provides the requisite cooperation and consents, a pre-effective amendment to the registration statement filed by AbbVie Private Limited in connection with the combination is expected to be filed with the SEC as soon as practicable. Under the terms of the Co-operation Agreement, following the withdrawal of the AbbVie Board of Directors' recommendation, a break fee of approximately $1.64B will be payable to Shire if either: AbbVie stockholders do not approve the adoption of the U.S. merger agreement at an AbbVie stockholder meeting; or such a meeting does not occur by December 14.
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