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March 24, 2014
10:31 EDTGILD, CLDX, NPSP, INCYOppenheimer sees opportunities following biotech decline
After biotech stocks declined on Friday, Oppenheimer believes that the weakness in the sector has created a buying opportunity. The firm identifies Celldex (CLDX), Incyte (INCY) and NPS Pharmaceuticals (NPSP) as interesting biotech names. WHAT'S NEW: On Friday, biotech investors were concerned by a letter sent by several members of Congress to Gilead (GILD) regarding the price of its Hepatits C drug, Sovaldi, Oppenheimer analyst Dr. Boris Peaker wrote in a note to investors. However, the biotech sector's strong pricing power is unlikely to be curtailed In the near-term, Peaker believes. Since competing drugs are priced at similar levels as Sovaldi, Congress would have to lower the drugs' prices through legislation, which is unlikely to occur, Peaker forecast. Celldex's stock is attractive since its top drugs are very innovative, face no direct competition, are wholly owned by the company, and are unlikely to have biosimilars, Peaker wrote. Meanwhile, Incyte's Jakafi, a treatment for Myelofibrosis, could be used as a treatment for solid tumors following additional studies, the analyst forecast. Additionally, Jakafi is "highly innovative," and has not experienced any pricing pressures, the analyst stated. NPS' two major products, Gattex and Natpara, are both orphan drugs that provide significant benefits to patients and do not have any looming competition, Peaker said, adding that Gattex's U.S. sales should continue to be strong. Gattex is used to treat short bowel syndrome, while Natpara is supposed to treat hypoparathyroidism. Oppenheimer has Outperform ratings on all the stocks named. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Gilead fell 2.3% to $70.40, Celldex gave back 6.6% to $20.10, Incyte tumbled 5.8% to $56, and NPS sank 5.8% to $28.35.
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July 23, 2014
16:01 EDTGILDGilead trading halted, pending news
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16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 23, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 23c to 28.17. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB C GILD MSFT PBR NFLX AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data
15:43 EDTGILDGilead July weekly 90 straddle priced for 5.5% move into Q2
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15:30 EDTGILDNotable companies reporting after market close
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11:40 EDTGILDFDA approves Zydelig for three types of blood cancers
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July 22, 2014
06:14 EDTGILDGilead July weekly volatility elevated into Q2
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July 21, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 21, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 65c to 28.53. Option volume leaders: AAPL FB NFLX DG CMCSA GILD PBR TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
09:38 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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07:21 EDTGILDGilead could be hurt by new HCV drugs, says Wells Fargo
Noting that data on a new Merck (MRK) HCV treatment is expected in November, Wells Fargo thinks Merck's HCV drug could be combined with Gilead's (GILD) Sovaldi to shorten the duration of treatment to four weeks. Other companies could take similar actions, and Gilead's per patient revenues would be significantly reduced if this occurs, the firm warned. However, it continues to have an upbeat outlook on Gilead heading into what it sees as a strong quarter and is still upbeat on the company's long-term HCV opportunity. It keeps an Outperform rating on Gilead.
06:43 EDTGILDGrowing market for hepatitis-C treatment prompts legal scramble, WSJ says
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July 20, 2014
12:46 EDTGILDGilead drug cocktail helps treat HIV/HCV-coinfected patients, JAMA says
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July 16, 2014
11:57 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; GILD YHOO
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July 14, 2014
09:28 EDTGILDCentene best positioned Medicaid pure play to post Q2 EPS beat, says Sterne Agee
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July 11, 2014
15:59 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 11, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures down 33c to 28.25. Option volume leaders: AAPL C GILD X FB GOOG AMZN TWTR TSLA according to Track Data.
09:48 EDTGILDSenators make new request to Gilead for Sovaldi pricing details
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and senior Finance Committee member Chuck Grassley made public their request for detailed pricing information on Gilead's Sovaldi, a Hepatitis C virus drug. Wyden and Grassley have asked Gilead Sciences for information about Sovaldi, a drug developed to treat and cure HCV, they disclosed, stating, “Given the impact Sovaldi’s cost will have on Medicare, Medicaid and other federal spending, we need a better understanding of how your company arrived at the price for this drug." Reference Link
07:37 EDTGILDAmerican Enterprise Institute holds a discussion
Discussion entitled, "How Will We Pay for Cost of Cures" focuses on improving the development of transformative medicines and developing financing mechanisms to pay for them and is being held in Washington, D.C. on July 11 at 8 am. Webcast Link
07:36 EDTGILDJohnson & Johnson Q2 EPS likely to exceed expectations, says Bernstein
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07:28 EDTNPSPNPS Pharmaceuticals attractive ahead of launch updates, says Leerink
Leerink calls shares of NPS Pharmaceuticals "very attractive" ahead of the Gattex launch updates on the company's Q2 and Q3 earnings conference calls. Leerink says its survey of 34 gastroenterologists who treat 739 short bowel syndrome patients indicated continued robust increases in Gattex uptake during the second half of 2014 and through 2016. It reiterates an Outperform rating on NPS with a $40 price target.
July 9, 2014
16:01 EDTGILDOptions Update; July 9, 2014
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07:33 EDTGILDGilead on track to post Q2 revenue beat, says RBC Capital
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