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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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September 26, 2014
06:35 EDTCLDXCelldex initiated with an Outperform at Cowen
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September 25, 2014
16:00 EDTGILDOptions Update; September 25, 2014
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 2.09 to 30.38. Option volume leaders: AAPL TSLA NFLX BAC TWTR AMZN BP PBR GILD DOW according to Track Data.
09:36 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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08:42 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $130 from $120 at Bernstein
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08:27 EDTGILDGilead viral suppression data for TAF better than expected, says UBS
UBS said the viral suppression data reported by Gilead from two studies of tenofovir alafenamide, or TAF, in HIV-1 treatment was better than expected and the firm expects the results to have a positive impact on adoption. The firm maintains its Buy rating and $125 price target on Gilead.
08:07 EDTCLDXCelldex initiates CDX-301 pilot study
Celldex Therapeutics announced the initiation of a pilot study of CDX-301 for the mobilization and transplantation of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells in patients with hematological malignancies undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, or HSCT. The study will explore the utility of CDX-301, also known as FMS-like tyrosine kinase-3 ligand or Flt3L, alone and in combination with Mozobil and is supported by preclinical data demonstrating that the combination of CDX-301 and Mozobil increased hematopoietic stem cell mobilization and improved transplantation of mobilized cells. The open-label, pilot study will enroll up to 36 participants, or 18 recipient/donor pairs, ages 18 to 65 across two sequentially enrolled cohorts in approximately 10 clinical trial sites in the United States. Study participants include patients with specified hematologic malignancies and Human Leukocyte Antigen, or HLA, sibling-matched healthy volunteers. The primary objective is to assess the safety and tolerability of CDX-301 when given with or without Mozobil. Secondary endpoints will evaluate the adequacy of the resultant grafts as determined by CD34+ yield, the cellular composition of the resultant grafts, and the safety and effectiveness of the resulting grafts across multiple measures.
September 24, 2014
09:34 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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09:28 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $118 from $111 at Piper Jaffray
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08:39 EDTGILDGilead's two TAF Phase 3 trials meet primary objectives
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05:12 EDTGILDGilead submits NDA to Japan for fixed-dose combination of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir
Gilead Sciences announced that the company has submitted a New Drug Application, or NDA, to Japanís Pharmaceutical and Medical Devices Agency, or PMDA, for approval of an investigational once-daily fixed-dose combination of the NS5A inhibitor ledipasvir, or LDV, 90 mg and the nucleotide analog polymerase inhibitor sofosbuvir, or SOF, 400 mg for the treatment of chronic genotype 1 hepatitis C virus, or HCV, infection in adults. The data submitted in the NDA, which include a Japanese Phase 3 study showing 100 percent SVR12 rates, support the use of LDV/SOF for 12 weeks in treatment-naÔve and treatment-experienced patients with chronic genotype 1 HCV infection, including those with cirrhosis. Patients who achieve SVR12 are cured of HCV infection. If approved, LDV/SOF would simplify HCV treatment for genotype 1 patients in Japan to one daily tablet, eliminating the need for interferon and ribavirin, or RBV. LDV/SOF is currently under regulatory review in the United States and European Union.
September 23, 2014
13:54 EDTINCYIncyte volatility at historic low on tight six-month range
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08:07 EDTGILDFDA Pediatric Advisory Committee to hold a meeting
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September 22, 2014
09:15 EDTGILDIntercept recent weakness a buying opportunity, says Summer Street
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September 19, 2014
11:26 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; TSLA GILD
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09:37 EDTGILDActive equity options trading on open
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06:25 EDTGILDGilead granted marketing aurhotization from European Commission for Zydelig
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06:11 EDTGILDGilead price target raised to $139 from $111 at Citigroup
Citigroup raised its price target for Gilead shares to $139 saying management looks "very optimistic" that FY15 hepatitis C treatment volumes could be up substantially over FY14 rates globally. Citi also expects recent buybacks to boost Q4 earnings substantially and that future stock buybacks will drive appreciation. The firm keeps a Buy rating on Gilead.
September 18, 2014
12:12 EDTGILDStocks with call strike movement; PIR GILD
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10:27 EDTNPSPOptions with decreasing implied volatility
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08:17 EDTGILDGilead trial failure not material, says FBR Capital
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